We live in a stunning state – the most beautiful places in Delaware exist in all three counties, along the coast and even inland. How many of these gorgeous spots have you visited this year? There’s still some time to catch them all in the pretty colors of autumn, or wait until spring and see them in full bloom.
The DuPont Estates:
1. Winterthur, Wilmington
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Wintherthur is magical no matter when you visit! Stroll the acres and acres of beautiful garden and massive, historic trees. You don't want to miss the tram car tour, and be sure to explore the Enchanted Woods.
5105 Kennett Pike Winterthur, Delaware
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Nemours is a stunning example of DuPont elegance. With hundreds of acres of french gardens and a mansion that will blow you away, there's nothing like a trip to Nemours to really understand the DuPont life.
850 Alapocas Drive
Wilmington, DE 19803
The Hagely Estate, on the other hand, is where the DuPont family got their "humble" start. The first ever DuPont home in America was adjacent to their gunpowder mill, and the grounds are now preserved for visitors. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time with a visit to this majestic estate.
200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Hidden Gardens...
4. Goodstay Gardens
The Goodstay Gardens are home to some of the prettiest scenery in Wilmington. This carefully curated garden shows best in the spring, when the famous magnolias begin to bloom.
2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware
5. Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar
The recently restroed Marian Coffin Gardens are hiding behind the abaonded Gibraltar mansion in Wilmington. Luckily, a Preservation foundation took ownership of the gardens and now they are open to the public to enjoy.
1405 Greenhill Ave Wilmington, Delaware
The Stunning State Parks...
6. Cape Henlopen
Cape Henlopen remains the best spot in Delaware to catch a sunrise. No matter what season it is, you'll be greeted with a bright, painted sky and the peaceful sound of the ocean as you stroll the sand and take in the serene quiet of an early morning walk through the park.
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958
7. Trap Pond State Park
Trap Pond State Park is one of the best places to paddle in Delaware, and the walking paths will take you into a forest full of bald cypress trees. You'll feel like you're in another world as you wander the miles of trails. For a great fall getaway, camp out in one of their quaint cabins.
33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
8. Killens Pond State Park
Killen's Pond is the place to go for fall foliage in Kent County. Walk the miles of well kept trails and spot the stunning colors of autumn as your boots crunch along the already-fallen leaves.
5025 Killens Pond Rd, Felton, DE 19943
The Wildlife Refuges
9. Bombay Hook NWR
Bombay Hook is the best known of the National Wildlife Refuges that are home to thousands of migratory birds. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll fall in love with the enchanting wildlife that surrounds you. Bring binoculars to spot the birds!
2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
10. Prime Hook NWR
Prime Hook is the underrated version of Bombay Hook, and I actually like it a little better. It tends to be quieter, and if you know your way around, you can find the hidden Prime Hook beach along the Delaware Bay.
11978 Turkle Pond Rd, Milton, DE 19968
11. Blackbird Creek Preserve
This little known preserved public land is a wonderful spot for a fall foliage hike, or a sunny day picnic. It's often empty, so if you like solitude and scenery, this may become your new favorite place in Delaware.
801 Blackbird Landing Rd, Townsend, DE 19734
The Urban Oases
12. Newark Resevoir
The Newark Resevior is the city's best kept secret. It's the perfect place for a sunset stroll or an early morning sunrise photoshoot. If you visit on off hours, you'll likely have it all to yourself.
240 Old Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE.
13. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge
Head over to the first urban wildlife refuge in the area to escape the busy, urban Wilmington scene. Located right on the riverfront, this is a great place to visit and then stroll into the city for a great meal overlooking the Christina river.
1400 Delmarva Ln Wilmington, DE
14. Silver Lake Park
Silver Lake Park in Dover is a true hidden gem. Walk through the woods or stop by the lake for a picnic and you'll wonder how you never found this place sooner!
Washington Street & State Street, Dover, DE 19901
15. Rockford Park
Rockford Park, in Wilmington, shows off the best of our big city. Climb the historic tower for unbeatable views, or attend an event in the park! Even if you just want to walk around and enjoy fresh air, you'll love a trip to Rockford Park, especially in the fall.
North Park Drive,Wilmington, DE 19802