Exploring Delaware’s top attractions on your own is always a good time, but there are some that are best experienced when you have someone to guide you through. Whether it’s to help you learn the history of the First State, allow you into exclusive, restricted areas, or keep you safe on the adventure of a lifetime, exploring these ten attractions is best done on one of their offered tours. All of these adventures, experiences and locations will take your breath away, and make you wonder how you hadn’t discovered them earlier.
1. Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton
Dogfish Head Brewery was named one of the top tours in America by USA Today and Forbes, so it was clearly the #1 pick for this list, too. Read the
details on the tours
, which are always free, so that you're prepared for your visit. Don't forget to check out the incredible Steampunk Treehouse!
2. Go Ape! Treetop Adventure, Bear
Go Ape! is a treetop adventure at Lum's Pond. You'll see the State Park in a way you've never experienced - from high above, as you climb and zipline from shore to shore. This tour isn't for the faint of heart!
1042 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
3. Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington
Perhaps the most overlooked of the DuPont mansions is Hagley, and I'm on a mission to change that. A stunning mansion tour will show you history you've never been exposed to, and the gardens themselves are breathtaking.
200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
4. Wilmington & Western Railroad
The Wilmington and Western Railroad is a rolling museum that offers seasonal tours and standard tours on the Red Clay Creek rail line. You can try out the autumn leaf spotting tour, or join them for a Halloween Adventure! Anything offered by W&W is worth experiencing. Find the
Wilmington and Western Railroad schedule online
5. The Kalmar Nyckel
The Kalmar Nyckel is a replica schooner that will take you on an incredible Delaware history tour. Find out what it was like to land at the Rocks, after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. You can see their sailing and tour schedule
1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
6. Kayak Tour of Rehoboth Bay
Several water sport companies offer tours of Rehoboth Bay via kayak, and in my opinion, that's the best way to see the bay! Paddle around and check out panoramic views of the shore that you've never seen before!
You can find several companies and explore your options
by searching here.
7. Fort Delaware, Delaware City
Fort Delaware was once a Civil War prison, and now it offers tours up to anyone interested in the history of the place. In October, this haunted prison offers paranormal tours, where you can find out for yourself just how many spirits still lurk.
Catch the Ferry to Pea Patch Island at 45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706.
8. Pirates of Lewes
The Pirates of Lewes Expeditions are fun for the entire family, or even a great option for adults that want to have a little fun. Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and stage a mutiny onboard!
400 Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
9. Fisherman's Wharf Boat Tours
The charter boat companies that hang around Fisherman's Wharf offer all sorts of sightseeing and fishing cruises. Personally, the whale-watching exhibitions are my favorite, but you can choose from many options when you walk around and talk to the watermen.
107 Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
10. Lightship Overfalls, Lewes
The Lightship Overfalls in Lewes is one of the last remaining Lightships in the country, and it can be toured throughout the fall on Saturdays and Sundays. It's one of the most unique experiences you can have in Delaware, and I highly recommend it! Lighthouse tours are overrated; check out this amazing lightship.
219 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
All of these amazing adventures are hiding in your own backyard! Be sure to check out all of the great restaurants hiding in the tiny towns that offer these amazing Delaware tours, too.