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Wilmington DE - Overview
Picturesque Brandywine Park in the heart of Wilmington sets the tone for this
lovely, historically significant Delaware port city. It is the perfect spot in
which to enjoy a stroll or a jog along the river, have a picnic lunch, and view
the park’s monuments, formal gardens, and natural areas. The Josephine
Fountain, a favorite place to make a wish, is located there. Visually-impaired
visitors can enjoy the wonders of nature by walking the Sensory Trail.
Park boasts large open spaces surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, making it
ideal for picnics, jogging, flying kites, playing ball, tennis, and hiking.
The observation deck near the top of the tower, offers stunning views of the
Wilmington skyline. In the residential districts to the north are some of the
city's oldest and most elegant houses, many dating from the Revolutionary War,
when Wilmington's flour mills fed the American troops.
along the Brandywine River, Alapocas Woods is an oasis at the edge of the
bustling city. This forested retreat is home to native plants and abundant
wildlife. Because the park is situated between the Piedmont and coastal plain
zones, it contains spectacular geologic formations that are unique to this
region of Delaware.
seaport in northern Delaware is the largest city in the state and an anchor city
for the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. The county seat of New Castle
County, it was named by Thomas Penn for his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of
Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.
surrounding Brandywine Valley holds the manor homes, gardens, and factories of
the Du Ponts, all of which are open to the public and provide an inside look at
the First State's First Family.
Wilmington's surprising numbers of important colonial sites are hidden away amid
the heavily industrialized waterfront to the east of downtown. In that area, a
sign proclaims "Historic Wilmington" indicating a loop from the foot of Seventh
Street to Church St, the site of the Hendrickson House Museum and Old Swedes
sponsors a number of quality arts and entertainment venues. The Grand Opera
House is the home of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Opera Delaware and
presents touring performers from around the world. The Baby Grand, which
recently opened next door to the Grand Opera House, attracts modern rock bands
and contemporary theater companies to the city. The DuPont Theater brings to
Wilmington national touring productions of Broadway shows. The Delaware Theater
Company offers first rate theatrical productions with casts including
professional Broadway actors.
Wilmington area abounds in fine museums, including the Delaware Art Museum, the
Delaware Museum of Natural History, Winterthur Museum, the Delaware History
Museum, the Brandywine River Museum, Longwood Gardens, the Hagley Museum and the
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
is home to the Blue Rocks, a minor league team affiliated with the Boston Red
Sox. Its riverfront stadium was built specifically for the team. Wilmington also
supports the Delaware Smash, featuring World Team tennis competitors. The
University of Delaware provides Division I college sports and a world-renowned
ice skating training center. Wilmington also offers a range of public and
private golf courses and indoor and outdoor tennis facilities.
addition to activities in and around Wilmington, the city’s central location
provides easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York
City. Wilmington is approximately 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia and an hour
from Baltimore, making either city an easy option for an evening’s entertainment
or a sporting event.
Wilmington’s ethnic diversity contributes to several very popular festivals held
locally in the spring and summer. The most popular festival is the Italian
festival which closes down 6 blocks in the west side of the city for traditional
Italian music, food, and activities, along with carnival rides and games.
Another festival that draws large crowds is the Greek Festival featuring
traditional Greek food and drink along with a craft display area.
Wilmington and Western Railroad offers one and two hour scenic rides through the
Red Clay Valley area, self-guided walking tours are available in the Quaker Hill
Historic District, making Wilmington a joy to visit. It is a city kept youthful
by its green and growing State Parks and its thriving University; yet steeped in
history and a well documented past.