Top 3 Things to Do in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Brandywine Valley
Mar 2, 2022 at 7:00 AM in Things to Do
Just slightly south of Philadelphia sits a somewhat overlooked destination that deserves any traveler’s attention when considering an East Coast vacation. Wilmington, Delaware, combined with Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, provides a wealth of culture, history and world-class cuisine, where you might least expect it.
Intrigued? We thought you might be. Here are three things to do in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley to get you started on your explorations of this can’t-miss region.
1. Visit a Museum (or Two, or Three!)
Get to know this unique, history-rich region with a stop by one of its many museums. You’ll certainly have a lot to choose from. There’s the Delaware Art Museum, with its collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art. The Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is the former du Pont family home, featuring an estate filled with American decorative arts and 60 acres of gardens. The Amstel Museum is likewise a step back in time, built in 1738, and one of New Castle, Delaware’s, few surviving early colonial structures. But for those travelers who don’t care for the history or art, there’s the American Helicopter Museum, a sure favorite with both kids and adults alike.
2. Get Outdoors
Despite Wilmington acting as the region’s urban hub, the Brandywine Valley and surrounding areas are filled with plenteous ways to get outdoors — no city hubbub required. Whether you like to hike, cycle, paddle or wildlife watch, there’s something for you. Try Alapocas Run State Park for hiking, rock climbing and even some art; the on-site Blue Bell Barn is home to the Delaware Folk Art Collection. Ashland Nature Center, meanwhile, is your place to go for nature programming for all ages, set inside the center’s butterfly house, hummingbird garden, bird blind and other unique venues. Bellevue State Park offers tours of the on-site historic mansion, fishing by the pond and live music events during the summer months.
3. Taste the Local Flavors
The Wilmington area and Brandywine Valley have received recent acclaim as a foodie hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic. So, when you’re hungry during your visit, where should you go? A few of the local favorites include Washington Street Ale House, serving microbrews and gastropub-inspired fare; Bellefonte Cafe, more of a hidden gem of a restaurant, with live music always on tap; and Kid Shelleen’s, a long-time staple for casual, outdoor dining. You can also find loads more to enjoy on the Delaware Culinary Trail, with its 24 restaurants and eateries spread across three counties. Thirsty? Then you can’t miss the Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail, which starts in Wilmington.
Looking for more ways to see and experience the best of the best while in the Wilmington area and Brandywine Valley? Stay tuned for the upcoming Wilmington and Brandywine Valley Discovery Map guide, featuring tips and suggestions for what to do, where to stay, where to eat and where to shop while in the area.