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Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
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Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
Description - The northern region of Delaware 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.

Central Delaware is contained in the east by the Delaware Bay. Killens Pond State Park falls within the region 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.

Attractions - This small state encompasses nearly 2,500 square miles with a majority of the area heavily populated and urban. Located near the Atlantic seaboard, neighboring metropolitan areas include Washington, D.C., New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Day trips afford quick access to exciting urban areas, peaceful rolling farmlands or sun-drenched beaches. Two national wildlife refuges encourage bird watchers, hikers, hunters, anglers and nature lovers to explore nearly 30,000 acres of fresh marsh, tidal marsh, and open water. The state features 14 very diverse state parks. Facilities and services are available for an array of gatherings. Have the park service provide an elegant catered meal for your next business meeting or be host for that very special wedding. Mansions, equestrians stables, gardens, tennis courts, swimming pools, campgrounds, and crabbing waters are just a sampling of their offerings.

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.

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.

Location - The state of Delaware is located on the Atlantic seaboard between New Jersey and Maryland.

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Delaware Tourism Office, P.O. Box 1401, 99 Kings Highway , Dover, DE, 19901, Phone: 302-739-4271


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