Description - The northern region of the state includes the city of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, which contains a variety of small state parks and historic sites. The DuPont Family owned much of the land surrounding Wilmington and built their chemical and textile industry in the region. Several of the state parks in the region were once owned by this family. The terrain beyond the interstate is rolling hills and farmlands heavily inundated by growing suburbs. The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal connects the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay in northern Delaware. Natural areas surround the canal including Lums Pond State Park.
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Trap Pond State Park
Central Delaware is contained in the east by the Delaware Bay. State parks dot the landscape as well as Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises 15,000 acres along the Delaware Bay. Also within central Delaware is Dover, the state capital. Beaches line the shore of the bay and provide public access to the water.
Southern Delaware is the least populated region of the state. Its eastern coast contains numerous natural areas and beaches. Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach are popular summertime tourist destinations. Inland is a patchwork of small rural communities and farmlands lying on sandy soil.
- Delaware is divided into three travel regions with each offering year-round destinations. More than 120 attractions and 385 festivals and events invite visitors to discover the United State's first state.
Northern Delaware features glorious sights from big city life in Wilmington to the elegant Brandywine Valley where stately mansions, world-renown gardens and fine museums enlighten the visitor. Discover the Hagley Museum where the DuPont's American roots unfold or tour the University of Delaware which houses a fabulous assemblage of over 2,000 items pertaining to President Abraham Lincoln. Or visit the Iron Hill Museum of Natural History where visitors view collections of Delaware wildlife, geological displays and archeological artifacts. Historical buffs will not want to miss the 1813 Fort Delaware, administered by the Delaware State Parks. From dinner playhouses, to championship golf courses to scenic equestrians trails, millions find heart-pounding pleasure in Northern Delaware.
Central Delaware holds the state's capital city, Dover. Charming Dover explodes each spring with beautiful displays of flowers gracing its city parks. Visitors find the legislative halls adorning Georgian-style architecture while coddling the banks of St. Jones River. Museums abound including The Johnson Victrola Museum, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum and the Delaware Agricultural Museum. Gaming pleasures lure thousands twice a year at NASCAR'S Dover Downs. Those who enjoy a slower pace find themselves traveling the backcountry roads where Amish farmers buggy through quaint and historic small towns. And lastly, wildlife enthusiasts journey to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Delaware Bay. Here visitors are treated to 15,978 acres of combined salt marsh, fresh water pools, timbered swamps and grass uplands. Auto tours, hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities incise the protected public parcel.
Southern Delaware affectionately encompasses the Delmarva Peninsula. Nestled between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and the Atlantic Ocean, the lands were first inhabited by Native Americans who found fulfillment in the maritime-rich environment. Today, backcountry roads, town fairs and rural farms dominate the viewscape. Twenty-five miles of beachfront entertain crowds offering fine restaurants, nightlife, and jazz feasts along the beautiful sun drenched strip. Nature lovers will find delight in the miles of trails, clean swimming waters, and quiet wildlife habitats.
Recreation - Delaware boasts many miles of shoreline supporting public access to the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Popular activities for visitors and locals alike include swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing, and sailing. Fourteen state parks and two national wildlife refuges offer the naturalist a quiet vacation experience. Miles of earthen trail meander through woodlands and along sparkling blue waterfronts while miles of paved pathway explore fabulous museums, historic sites, cultural events and rural farmlands. Experience Delaware from the lush rolling hills in the north to the graceful countryside of the south.
Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.
Delaware is located in the center of the mid-Atlantic coastline between the state of Maryland and the Delaware Bay.