Delaware November 12, 2016
11 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In Delaware Without Spending A Dime
Despite Delaware’s reputation for being a small, sparsely populated and boring state, there are so many cool things to do and explore here. Whether it be climbing to the top of the world, learning about history, or appreciating modern art, there’s no question in my mind that Delaware is a state full of impressive and interesting culture. What’s even greater, though, is how many experiences you can have in Delaware without breaking the bank – actually, without even spending one dime. Take a look at this expansive list of free things to do in Delaware, and plan your next adventure while sticking to your budget.
1. Explore the Bethany Beach Nature Center
There is no shortage of nature centers in Delaware - nearly every state park has one worth visiting. Bethany Beach's however, makes this list because when it comes to free things to do in Delaware, they really go over the top with activities for children and families.
Right now, they're open Wed – Fri: 10 to 3, and the first two Saturdays of the month from 10 to 12.
807 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Call to learn about their programs and events: (302) 537-7680
2. Appreciate Modern Art
The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington is one of the region's finest art museums, with permanent and rotating exhibitions year-round. Best of all, admission is totally free, so expand your mind without worrying about emptying your wallet.
The Delaware Contemporary is closed on Mondays, and open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM most other days. On Sundays and Wednesdays, they open up at 12:00 PM. 200 S Madison St
3. Spin Some Tunes at the Johnson Victrola Museum
The Victrola Museum is one of the most interesting places in Delaware - and best of all, it's free to get in. Learn about the evolution of Victor "taking machines" and the history of recorded sound.
The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM 375 S New St
4. Walk on the Wild Side at the Brandywine Zoo
Normally, the Zoo charges a $10 admission fee, which I feel like is one of the best deals in the state. In December, January and February, though, the Zoo is FREE! Is there anything better than a FREE ZOO?! No, there's not. So get there.
The Zoo is open 10-4 Every Day 1001 N Park Dr
5. Hike a Haunted Trail
The Swamp Trail at Lums Pond State Park is
rumored to be haunted
, so if you're looking to get out into nature and maybe scare yourself a bit, it's a great place to explore.
The Park is open daily, year-round, from 8 am until Sunset.
1068 Howell School Road
6. Enjoy One Of The Best Tours in America
Dogfish Head Beer is one of Delaware's most famous exports, and the brewery tour itself was named one of the top 10 tours in America by USA Today. Stop by and see what all the hype is about - the tour itself is totally free.
The Brewery is open 11-7 every day, except on Sunday when they open at Noon. 6 Village Center Blvd Milton, Delaware
7. Get in the Holiday Spirit in New Castle
New Castle is always buzzing with free events, street fairs, and festivals during the winter months around the holidays, but the one you must NOT miss is the "Spirit of Christmas" - one of the best free things to do in Delaware. Join the town on Saturday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to explore private homes and churches decorated for the season.
For more information about the event, contact the sponsoring church at 302-328-3279. Admission is free at the Amstel House and the Dutch House, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2 E 4th St
New Castle, Delaware 19720
8. Look for Treasures on the Delaware Geocache Trail
Geocaching is one of my favorite free things to do in Delaware. If you've never heard of it, it's basically a big, state-wide treasure hunt. All you need to particpate is a GPS or a smartphone.
Learn more on the
Official Delaware Geocache Trail Website.
9. Learn about the Delaware State Police at their Museum in Dover
Check out cool cop memoriabilia and learn about the history of the State Police in Delaware.
The Museum is open 9-3 Monday through Friday. 1425 N Dupont Hwy
10. Fly High with the Dover Air Mobility Museum
This is one of the most impressive of all of the free things to do in Delaware.
Visit the Museum from 10-4 Tuesday through Sunday. 1301 Heritage Rd
11. Bike Between Our Two Best Towns
Even in Fall, the stunning regional loop bike trail between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is an amazing ride.
Learn more about the trail and various ways to explore it
If you’re trying to make a budget-friendly day trip out of any of these places, you’ll probably want to visit one of these
inexpensive restaurants in Delaware – where you can have a full meal for less than $10.