Delaware might be an overlooked state, but we’ve got some really interesting attractions hiding in our small towns and in our cities. If you’re looking for something interesting to do, be sure to check out any of these unique attractions in Delaware that really show off the strange side of the state.
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:
1. Dogfish Head Brewery
Each of Dogfish Head's assets in Delaware, from their remarkable brewery (complete with steampunk treehouse), quirky hotel, and delicious restaurant are filled with "off-centered" charm.
6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, DE 19968
2. Hagley Estate
The Hagley Estate is Delaware's tribute to the DuPont family history, and early American industry. Enjoy walking through the old mills along the Brandywine River and see why Wilmington was the best spot for the family to begin their history-changing business.
200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
3. The Wilmington and Western Railroad
Enjoy a trip on the Wilmington and Western Railroad, which is Delaware's only rolling museum. See stunning scenery, meet Santa, enjoy a murder mystery or take the train to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove - the possibilities are limitless.
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4. Fort Miles
Fort Miles is located in Cape Henlopen State Park. Once an important part of the Delaware Bay's harbor defense system, it now lies abandoned, and you can explore the bunkers and artillery, or climb high for a beautiful view from the World War II control towers.
5. The Village of Arden
The Village of Arden is a unique town in Delaware. It was founded on Georgist utopian principles and to this day remains committed to keeping a simple, community-involved life. Visit the town's gilds (spelled that way on purpose - as part of a minimalist movement) to enjoy a play, concert, folk dancing lesson, or just a community dinner.
6. The Oddporium
Arden's most interesting store has to be the Oddporium - a gift shop dedicated to the strangest things you'll ever find. Bones, mortician makeup, medical oddities and more will have you mesmerized as you stroll through this stranger-than-fiction shop.
2115 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810
7. Miles the Monster
Miles the Monster stands tall above Dover International Speedway - or he would, if he had any legs. The largest concrete monster in the world holds that title even without his lower half. You can see his glowing red eyes from the highway, but to really appreciate this gigantic sculpture, you've got to see him up close.
1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
8. The Zwaanandael Museum
The Zwaanandael Museum celebrates the first settlers in Delaware - the Dutch. Learn about the state's heritage here, and also see a strange sea creature that must be a mermaid.
102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
9. Oddity Bar
Oddity Bar goes hand-in-hand with places like the Oddporium. You'll find the strangest, most eccentric decor and some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet inside.
500 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805
10. CR Hummingbird to Mars
Delaware's best speakeasy is located right in Trolley Square. You'll need to know the code to get inside - and you'd better be dressed to impress!
1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806
11. Futuro House
This is more of a roadside attraction, but the Futuro House at the end of the runway at Eagles Nest Airport is certainly a unique attraction in Delaware! These spacey houses were once a hot trend in homebuilding - wonder why they never
took off! 29763 Eagle Crest Rd, Milton, DE 19968