Contrary to outsiders’ belief, there are SO many things to do in Delaware! We’ve narrowed it down to 18 must-see, must-hike and must-eat locations to create the Ultimate Delaware Bucket List to conquer while you’re living in the First State. How many of these things have you done? How many do you still have to check off?
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Hike to Maryland or Pennsylvania at White Clay Creek
White Clay is my favorite of Delaware's state parks, so of course it made the Delaware bucket list. Hike to either of our neighbor states on the Boundary Line Trail.
750 Thompsons Station Road, Newark, DE 19711
2. Climb an Observation Tower at Cape Henlopen State Park
One of the coolest things you can do in Delaware is climb a World War II observation tower and look out over the Delaware Bay.
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958
3. Tour Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton
Dogfish Head's tour is one of the best in the country, and you'll love the Steampunk Treehouse as well as the brews you can bring home with you.
6 Village Center Blvd, Milton, DE 19968
4. Stuff your face with Dolles Salt Water Taffy
Dolles is the most famous candy company in the state, and many of us have memories of eating more sugar here than we could handle.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach
5. Kayak through Trap Pond
Trap Pond's famous baldcypress trees are best seen from a Kayak or Canoe, which you can rent there.
33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
6. Treat yourself to a meal at The Green Room.
Please note, The Green Room has permanently closed.
Located in the Hotel DuPont, this gorgeous restaurant is one of the finest in the state. Dress to the nines and bring your favorite date; this will be a night (and a meal) to remember. 11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, DE 19801
7. Take a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a must-see for anyone in Delaware. Take it from Lewes and explore the New Jersey town on the other side of the Delaware Bay.
8. The lesser known Woodland Ferry should be on your Delaware Bucket List, too.
Take this ferry to see the beautiful Nanticoke River in Seaford.
5123 Woodland Church Road
Seaford, DE 19973
9. Go Birding at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Bombay Hook is one of the most important spots on the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds.
2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
10. Enjoy a greasy burger from The Charcoal Pit
This iconic Burger & Milkshake place also makes amazing BLTs that are the size of your head! No Delawarean is complete without at least a few meals here.
North Wilmington & Prices Corner
Wilmington, DE 19808
11. Tour Fort Delaware
This Civil War prison is one of the most important historic sites in the First State, and they put on an amazing tour.
Take the ferry from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island to get there.
12. See a NASCAR race at Dover Speedway
Even if you don't enjoy NASCAR, a visit to Dover International Speedway for a race needs to be on your Delaware Bucket List.
1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
13. Celebrate Return Day in Georgetown
After the election results come in, head down to Georgetown to celebrate the ceremonial burying of a hatchet and a big parade downtown.
14. Party in Dewey Beach
Dewey is the Delaware Beach with the best parties, so skip the family fun at Rehoboth and Bethany for once and relive your younger days.
15. Celebrate some occasion at Sambo's
Sambo's Tavern is "the" place to go on your 21st Birthday in Delaware, and it's also home to some of the best crabcakes in the state.
283 Front St, Leipsic, DE 19901
16. Tour the old mills at Hagley Museum
This DuPont estate is often overlooked, but absolutely worth a tour to learn how the DuPont family got started in Delaware.
200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
17. Go Ape at Lum's Pond
If you're brave enough, this one has to be on your Delaware bucket list. Climb high through the trees and zipline across the pond.
1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
18. Have an incredible burger at Restaurant 55 in Dover
Restaurant 55 has the most creative burgers in Delaware - you won't know what's on the menu until you get there.
2461 S State St
Dover, DE 19901
Wow…now I’m hungry and feeling adventurous! Going to knock some of these off of my list while the weather’s still pretty nice, and I’ll probably make it a point to tackle our
Delaware Burger Bucket List, too. How about you?