There are many hidden gems in our state, and the more you look, the more incredible things you’ll find. Check out some of the most underrated places in Delaware and plan your next day trip to make a wonderful discovery.
1. Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Located in one of the most charming towns in Delaware, the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum features history of the boating industry in Delaware, including shipwrecks, wartime stories, and of course Pirates!
3357 Main St
Bowers Beach, Delaware
2. Bethany Beach Nature Center
The Nature Center in Bethany Beach is a great place for families and guests of all ages. You'll learn a ton by reading the interactive exhibits, getting up close and personal with the variety of critters and plants on display, and participating in any of the programs they offer year round.
807 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930
3. Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover
Join the Johnson Victrola Museum for a look at the evolution of sound - from the first recording and projecting machines up to present day, and what it took to get there. Learn about the life of Delaware native Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. You'll get to see Talking Machines, Phonographs, Victrolas, Gramaphones, Graphaphones, 78s, and other memorabilia from the history of sound recording.
375 S New St
4. Indian River Lifesaving Station
The Indian River Lifesaving Station was built in 1876 to respond to the high number of shipwrecks. The brave men who served here put their lives at risk every day to save others. It was moved 400 feet farther from shore in 1877. Today, it's been restored to how it looked in 1905. Touring this station is truly a trip back in time!
25039 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
5. The Kalmar Nyckel
This restored 17th century ship will take you on a tour through history as you board for a cruise or pirate excursion. A replica of the original ship to land in Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel's crew have spared no detail and you'll really enjoy the experience aboard this historic tall ship.
1124 E 7th St
6. Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor
Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor is located on a historic farm not far from the beach towns.
Enjoy a peaceful walk through the labyrinth, a visit to the soap shop, or just stroll the aromatic lavender fields when you visit.
18864 Cool Spring Rd
7. Rockford Tower
Rockford Park is adjacent to the beautiful Alapocas Run State Park, so don't forget to visit both when you are looking for some outdoor fun. The view from the top of Rockford Tower is one of the best you can find in Delaware.
8. Goodstay Gardens
The charming Goodstay Gardens, one of the most underrated places in Delaware, feature some of the prettiest green space in Wilmington! Enjoy the stunning blossoms here all summer long while you escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.
2600 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE
9. The Delaware Contemporary Art Museum
The Delaware Contemporary Museum is one of the most underrated places in Delaware. The collection of art and exhibits here is unmatched by any other in the state, and you'll find that you can easily spend hours here browsing the galleries.
200 S Madison St