Attractions May 08, 2017
You’ll Love This One Awesome Activity In Delaware And It Won’t Cost You A Cent
To most people, going out for a day hike is a relaxing activity that brings them peace, exercise, and time to appreciate the beauty of nature. To others, it’s a time to get out, get your hands dirty, and dig up some treasure. Luckily, there’s a ton of it hiding in the First State, and all you need to go treasure hunting is a GPS or a smartphone.
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Of course, our state and local parks are treasure enough.
With views of the Brandywine that'll take your breath away, how could you want more?
Because, well, views can get a little boring! Sometimes you want to spice up your hike with a little adventure...
And that's where geocaching comes in.
Geocaching is modern day treasure hunting! With the right app and a smartphone or GPS, you'll be taken to places in our state where someone's hidden a treasure! Each "cache" holds a log book, and most have some trinkets. Tradition goes that you leave a trinket in the cache for the next person to find.
These little treasures are hidden throughout the state!
You can find them at our world-class mansions, famous beaches, state and local parks, and in dozens of other places. For a good list of 'official' Delaware geocaches,
check out this page
. There are also tons of unofficial caches, and many of them are challenging puzzles that make for a great story. I once ran into a cache that was a scavenger hunt - it included finding numbers that were stamped into the bolts on a bridge, unscrambling the coordinates, and then finding the logbook at an old, abandoned grave nearby. Others I've found involve climbing under bridges, looking for tree knots, and discovering little-known monuments that are well off the beaten path.
Personally, the coastal caches are my favorite.
That's probably because I love any excuse to be near the water! These caches will take you up and down the bay shore, showing off our quaint towns that you might not have discovered if you weren't chasing your cache. One great thing about this activity is that it really brings you to places you'd normally skip over, and you're bound to find a new favorite hiking or picnicking spot while you're out and about.
Geocaching is an activity that everyone in the family will enjoy, so get out and try it this weekend!
Check out the
Delaware Geocaching Trail
for a list of easy caches to get you started. If you find enough caches, you can turn in your official Delaware Geo Passport and the state will send you a prize!
If you’re looking for ideas as to where you should go caching, you might want to see how many are hidden at the
The 12 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Delaware This Spring. Knock some amazing destinations off of your bucket list and get addicted to geocaching – it’s really a win-win!