There’s A Little Slice Of Paradise Hiding Right Here In Delaware… And You’ll Want To Visit

If you spend any time along the eastern shore of Delaware, you’ll notice how many migratory birds and waterfowl hang around, year-round. The Delaware Bay is a tremendously important stop for migratory birds, and in March of 1927, a 16,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge was established along the eastern shore of Kent County. It was named the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and it is a refuge and breeding ground for migratory and wintering waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway. Federal Duck Stamp funds helped purchase the land from local farmers and landowners.

When you visit Bombay Hook, you’ll be able to travel the 12 mile auto-tour, which will bring you through the preserved habitats and allow you to see birds, foxes, turtles, frogs and more. Along the way, take one of the five walking trails and climb one of the 30-foot observation towers – there are three. You’ll see some incredible sights that will make you forget that you’re even in Delaware. Take a look as we take a photo tour of Bombay Hook:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:


Have you been to Bombay Hook? This is just one of many gorgeous places in Delaware. Check out this beautiful natural oasis, too!

Hours of Operation: Refuge Auto Tour Route: Sunrise to sunset, every day of the year. Visitor Center: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. all year. Visitor Center: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. in spring (March-June) and fall (Sept.-Nov.)