Summer in Delaware is the most exciting season – the boardwalks are open, the cities are seating people outdoors, and everybody is enjoying the Delaware Bay. If you’re looking for something to fill your sunny days, check out our list of 11 must-see Delaware destinations that will take your summer to a whole ‘nother level. There’s so much to do in this great state that gets overlooked – so enjoy this list of 11 destinations in Delaware that EVERYBODY needs to visit this summer.
1. Silver Lake Park, Dover
Silver Lake in Dover is one of the nicest urban parks in Delaware. Take a stroll around the grounds, set up a picnic, or enjoy the beauty of the lake itself after exploring historic downtown Dover.
Washington Street, Dover
2. C&D Canal Trail, St. George
The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal is well known as the dividing line between northern and southern Delaware, but there is more to it than that! You can hike the beautiful Michael Castle trail starting at Biddle Point in St. George for spectacular views that will take your breath away. The trailhead is on Cox Road between Rt 9 & Rt 13.
3. Fort Delaware, Delaware City
You can visit the island where Fort Delaware still stands vis ferry from 45 Clinton Street in Delaware City. Take an afternoon to explore all of what the Fort has to offer, including a glimpse into the history of harbor defense. This is a great summer day trip for the entire family.
4. Historic New Castle
Downtown New Castle is filled with beautiful historic buildings that are open for tours and lovely to look at! Enjoy this incredible piece of Delaware history every time you step into Old New Castle.
5. Painted Stave Distilling, Smyrna
Painted Stave Distilling specializes in premium spirits that are made in small batches, meaning that every trip you make to the distillery will give you the chance to try something new. Their tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday and cost $10, including a signature cocktail and a tasting of their spirits. Individual tasting experiences are available, too.
106 W. Commerce St, Smyrna
6. Newark Resevoir
The Newark Resevoir is the best kept secret in northern Delaware. Head on down to the beautiful water for a stroll or a picnic and truly get away from the crowded city streets (or even the crowded, popular urban parks).
Paper Mill Rd, Newark
7. Thunder Lagoon Waterpark, Fenwick Island
Thunder Lagoon is more than just a waterpark - you'll find go karts, mini golf and more at this family wonderland. Spend the morning playing games and the afternoon cooling off on one of their thrilling water slides.
38965 Virginia Ave, Fenwick Island
8. Glasgow Park, Newark
Beautiful Glasgow Park is a great place in Delaware to visit during the summer. You'll find it right at the intersection of S. College Ave and Pulaski Highway. The playgrounds are great for children, and the walking paths provide scenic views for anyone else wandering the park. It's one of the nicest urban parks in Delaware.
9. Killen's Pond State Park Water Park, Felton
Killen's Pond's waterpark is one of the best deals in Delaware. For just $4 or $5 depending on the day you go, you can enjoy cooling off in a beautiful state park. Play in the water park and then enjoy the rest of the park, which is great for hiking around to dry off!
5025 Killen's Pond Rd, Felton
10. Delaware Seashore State Park
Kayak in the Indian River Inlet at the Delaware Seashore State Park this summer! There's a reason that DSSP is the most popular state park in the first state - because who doesn't like the beach?
11. Abbott's Mill Nature Center, Milford
Abbott's Mill Nature Center is a great place to learn about all of the native species that inhabit our wonderful state. Stay for the day and learn everything about what you'll find in your garden, in the woods and elsewhere in Delaware.
15411 Abbotts Pond Rd
If you’re looking for more great summer ideas, check out our previous lists of the 12 most incredible
marvels in Delaware, 8 outdoorsy things to do in Delaware, and of course, our fuel-efficient One Tank of Gas Delaware Road Trip.