Delaware’s seaside, wildlife refuges, historical locations and quaint little towns all beg to be photographed. If you’re lucky enough to live here, you have access to some remarkable shutter-snapping opportunities. Capture some of Delaware’s beauty at these 11 places.
1. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna
This national wildlife reserve on Delaware Bay offers nearly 16,000 acres of photo-taking opportunities. You'll find all kinds of wildlife here.
2. Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
Spend a day at Cape Henlopen to get some gorgeous pics of the ocean, observation tower and of course, those beautiful sunset shots. The park is a wonderful spot for photography year-round.
3. Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington
You could spend days photographing this 300-acre estate. Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a great spot for architecture and horticulture photography, as well as a place to photograph sculptures and art. Visit at 850 Alapocas Dr, Wilmington.
4. Trap Pond State Park, Laurel
This 3,653-acre park is a photographer’s dream. The wetland’s bald cypress trees are unique and quite photogenic. Rent a rowboat or canoe during the summer season to access some quiet spots, or take a hike along the Boundary Trail.
5. Fisherman's Wharf, Lewes
Get some gorgeous shots of boats at Fisherman's Wharf in Lewes. Anglers road near the drawbridge.
6. Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware City
Not every venue gives you the opportunity to photograph a cannon. Fort Delaware provides some excellent places for historical shots. The living history park includes docents dressed in period costume - it’s like taking photos in 1864… with the benefit of modern equipment.
7. Welsh Tract Baptist Church and Cemetery, Newark
Take some hauntingly beautiful photos at the Welsh Tract Baptist Church, which was built in 1746. It’s the oldest primitive Baptist church in the country. The old gravestones tell amazing stories when captured in the late afternoon light.
8. Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin
Nature photography is easy at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin. Shoot rolling hills, ponds and wildflowers in over 500 acres.
9. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 10,000 acres on the Delaware Bay. You’ll find more than 260 species of bird to photograph here.
The little town of Rehoboth is Delaware’s most visited city. It’s easy to see why it’s popular with photographers; the blue ocean, endless sky and quaint buildings all make great photo ops -- and the people watching is fun, too.
11. Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington
Here’s your chance to photograph exotic animals, without leaving the country. 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington.