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Delaware was the first state to ratify the new constitution in 1787 and earned its title of the First State. Delaware is comprised of only three counties: New Castle (North), Kent (middle), and Sussex (South).

Wilmington, located in New Castle County,  is a city on the Christina and Delaware Rivers, with a population of over 72,000. Bordered by the Brandywine Valley, it lies approximately half way between New York City and Washington DC in the fertile Mid-Atlantic region. Area Facts Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley is an area marked by sharp contrast. Town and Gardens. Past and Present. Historic and Hip. America’s corporate capital. America’s garden capital. In Wilmington, town and country have never been closer. Drive only a few miles from the meetinghouses and courtrooms of downtown Wilmington, and the hum of the city quickly gives way to the quiet of the Brandywine Valley, a place where countryside estates and gardens have been carefully preserved for more than a century. The best of both worlds co-exist here and living here means never having to choose one over the other.

Dover, located in Kent County, is the capital city of Delaware. The First State Heritage Park comprises several sites around the centuries-old Green. These include the 1791 Old State House and Biggs Museum of American Art. Dover International Speedway hosts NASCAR races. A variety of aircraft are displayed at the Air Mobility Command Museum, at Dover Air Force Base. Nearby, bird-rich Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is on Delaware Bay.

Rehoboth Beach, located in Sussex County, is an Atlantic Coast town. Fronting the beach is a boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and amusements. In summer, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand presents free concerts. The Rehoboth Beach Museum explores the town’s history with yearbooks and vintage postcards. To the north, Cape Henlopen State Park has dunes and an observation tower from 1941, when the park was a military base.

  • Philadelphia – 32 miles
  • Baltimore – 70 miles
  • Washington D.C. – 108 miles
  • Gettysburg – 121 miles
  • New York City – 126 miles

Arts and culture offerings in Delaware are just the way you’d want them to be – intimate and offbeat at certain times, cosmopolitan and sophisticated at other times, and always sure to surprise with their unique approaches. Art galleries and museums are clustered in and around Northern Delaware, while fun-and-funky boutique art galleries are a highlight along the shady side streets of Rehoboth Beach. Music and theatre are well-represented in Wilmington — at the Grand Opera House, the World Café Live at the Queen, the Playhouse on Rodney Square, and at Opera Delaware – but don’t miss the chance to catch live national acts in full roar at the nightclubs of Dewey Beach, and at such dependable music venues as Freeman Stage at Bayside, Harrington Raceway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

In every direction, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley blends the ArtsDining, and Entertainment amenities of the city with the history and beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Travelers eager to explore beyond the chain restaurants along U.S. 13/DuPont Highway in Central Delaware will find some great options for dining in Dover, ranging from upscale steakhouses (Michele’s at Dover Downs), to gourmet hamburgers (Restaurant 55); to well-executed sushi (Rice); to fresh seafood (Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant). Wherever you go, no matter where your tastes take you, food (and amazing cocktail creations) always seem to be a big part of the fun in Rehoboth Beach. It’s a town where the dining experience always stands out because of the attitude, the style — the consistent approach to creating a casual-but-refined restaurant experience.

In Wilmington’s museums, galleries, and stages, decades of community commitment to the arts are on display every day. Just a few miles north you can wander through the public gardens that have made the Brandywine Valley an international tourism destination.

You can discover the daily creations of the chefs who are charting the future of Mid-Atlantic cuisine and then go on a tasting tour through the local wineries and vineyards of the Vintage Atlantic Wine Company.

Delaware is a sales-tax-free state with the draw of the ever-expanding Christiana Mall as well as wonderful boutiques and antique shops on quaint Main Streets throughout the region.

A big event or a fun festival is usually just around the corner in Dover, which hosts some of the biggest get-togethers in Delaware, including NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway and Firefly Music Festival. Travelers in search of things to do in Dover are in the right place for historic attractions (like the First State Heritage Park and Amish Country), as well as fun celebrations such as the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival and Dover Days. Search the listings to find what do to in Dover.

A charming old town with a surprisingly modern edge, Rehoboth suits all persuasions of people – families strolling the boardwalk seeking sweet diversions for the kids; foodies trolling for the season’s hot restaurant; savvy shoppers scouring galleries and outlet centers for a fabulous find. Here, a day at the beach is about so much more than the beach: The shady streets lined with homey cottages conspire to create an ambience conducive to strolling, even as the friendly bars and edgy restaurants beckon with suggestions of a livelier evening of music and fine food. On the Boardwalk, the kids frolic at Funland, while bigger “kids” gravitate toward the tax-free shopping, or a creative cocktail in a cool bar – making Rehoboth a favorite beach destination.