5 Reason To Love Delaware-Summer

I subscribe to Delaware Today Magazine and the December issue headline reads “101 Reasons to Love the First State”

Very interesting article, learned a few things (still trying to figure out where Asswoman Bay is) and got inspired to write my own top list of 5 fun things I love to do in Delaware that weren’t mentioned in this article.

5 Reasons to Love Delaware –

Delaware Outdoor Trail Sign

Look for this sign

1. Delaware Outdoor Trail. The Delaware Tourism has put together a fun way to get around and explore all the activities you can do outdoors with the Delaware Outdoor Trail map/passport. It’s a To do list of more then 60 activities in over 40 statewide locations, grouped into 4 categories – Walk/Run/Hike, Wildlife Viewing, Water Activities and Biking.

It’s an easy to follow map you download (after entering your name, address and email) Visit 5 places or more in each county (we only have 3 counties) for a total of 15 fun activities. It doesn’t matter in which category you choose, just has to be 5 activities in each county. At each location look for the Delaware Outdoor Trail sign (see picture above) and at the bottom right corner of each sign is a code, Write that code down in your passport, complete it and send it in to win a prize.

This is a adventurous way to see Delaware, so I’m doing this trail myself.

2. State Parks of Delaware. From the Brandywine Creek and Bellevue State Parks to the north, to White Clay Creek and Lums Pond with it’s zip line in southern New Castle county to the beaches at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore State Park and Trap Pond at the southeastern corner of the state, home to the Bald Cypress trees, Delaware has lots of open space to offer for being a small state. There’s also a few must see state parks not mentioned here, a very good reason to follow the Delaware Outdoor Trail as mentioned above in # 1.

3. Delaware Scenic Wildlife Refuges. Did you know Delaware is has the largest migratory flyway on the east coast. It’s starts in New Castle County at the Augustine Wildlife area to Woodland Beach, Ted Harvey then to the better known, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Past Prime Hook, Little Creek and Beach Plum Island, spanning all 3 counties.

These areas are not just for bird watchers. You can walk/hike/bike or try kayaking in the many waterways. Very quiet and pretty places to visit if you need to wind down and get away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts towns on your way home. Highly recommend stopping!

4. Have you played Disc Golf yet? This is a fun outdoor game for the whole family, no matter your age or skill level and most state parks here in Delaware have a Disc Golf course, click here to find one.
What is Disc Golf you ask? Simply put, you take a disc or a Frisbee and throw it into a chain link basket which is on a pole. The number of times it takes you to get the disc into the basket is your score. Actually it’s a little more involved then that. If you don’t know how to play do a search online for more info and if you do know and want to play while traveling through Delaware click on the link above for a state park near you.


Look for this Sign

5. Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail Like the Delaware Outdoor Trail above in # 1 this Trail guide takes you to seventeen different breweries, wineries and distilleries from Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Wilmington and Newark to the Nassau Valley Winery, Delaware first farm winery.

Visit eight of the seventeen, fill out the passport send it in and receive a Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits wine glass or mug. Delaware is home to Dogfish Head craft beers and we’re fast becoming known for craft breweries according to DelwareToday magazine which did an article in their November issue. If you love craft beer or visiting a winery or brewery do download the map/guide and get started, click here.

If Beer, Wine and Spirits or the Outdoor Trail is not for you they also have the Delaware History Trail, The Delaware Culinary Trail, and the Delaware Geocaching Trail. Something for everyone.


P.S. Our dog Duke was trying to see what I was looking at. Delaware Today Magazine is one of those magazines I read from cover to cover- subscribe here.