Some of the most unique attractions in Delaware get overlooked for the more common and popular museums and historic sites, but our little state is full of hidden gems. Here are a few of the most unique attractions in Delaware, and each of them shows a little bit of what makes the First State so special, and what helps it stand out from the larger and busier states surrounding us.
1. The Indian River Lifesaving Station
Built in 1876. the Indian River Lifesaving Station was among the first in the United States. Fellow mariners dedicated their lives to helping those in danger. The station has been restored to how ti looked in 1905, and it serves as a museum and memorial to those who lost their lives in the service.
25039 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
2. The Zwaanendael Museum
The Zwaanendael Museum is a look at Delaware's history through the eyes of the Dutch, who were the first European settlers. Get a true understanding of the history of Lewes and see a "real" preserved mermaid.
102 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE
3. Jessop's Tavern
Step back in time with a meal at Jessop's Tavern. The restaurant is located in a 300 year old building, and it is colonial themed. Dine with the founding fathers and try traditional American recipes at this entertaining restaurant.
114 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE
4. The Kalmar Nyckel
Sail aboard a restored 17th century ship as you cruise through the Delaware waterways or sail on a pirate adventure. This ship is a replica of the first to land in Delaware, and you'll love your journey on this Tall Ship.
1124 E 7th St Wilmington, Delaware
5. The Nanticoke Indian Museum
The Nanticoke Indian Tribe is based in Millsboro, and they're a part of a vibrant local community. The Nanticoke Indian Museum is run by the tribe and will teach you about the original settlers of Delaware and the history of the First State through the centuries.
27073 John J Williams Hwy, Millsboro, DE 19966
6. The Lightship Overfalls
Overfalls is one of the last remaining lightships that were built as part of a US Coastal Service project. Now, she's a floating museum and a tribute to the services that helped prevent many shipwrecks along our coast. The Lightship Overfalls is one of the most overlooked attractions in Delaware, and it is well worth a visit.
219 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
7. Miles the Monster
Our very own Miles is the largest Monster in the world! He's 46 feet tall and weighs over 20 tons - that is the equivalent of 4,000 cats. You can visit him at The Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway, and you can see his glowing red eyes from Route 1.
1131 N. Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE.
8. Woodburn, the Governor's Mansion
The Governor's Mansion at Woodburn is one of Delaware's most haunted houses! What makes this one of the truly unique attractions in Delaware, though, is the nature of the ghosts. Instead of pulling hair, appearing in photos, or haunting visitor's dreams, the ghosts of Woodburn are known t drink fancy wine. To schedule a tour and see how haunted it is for yourself, contact Corey Marshall-Steele at (302) 739-5656 or via e-mail at
151 Kings Hwy E, Dover, DE 19901
9. Go Ape! Lums Pond
Climb high into the treetops at Lums Pond and zip across the pond on sky high ziplines. Delaware's largest freshwater pond is home to a Go Ape adventure course, where you'll complete obstacles that lead you up to higher, faster, and longer ziplines.
1042 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701.
10. Dogfish Head Brewery
Dogfish Head Brewery is not only one of the most unique attractions in Delaware, but it's one of the most interesting breweries in the country! After all, where else can you find a steampunk treehouse that was flown in from Burning Man, on a whim?
6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, DE 19968
11. Winterthur's Enchanted Woods
Winterthur is home to hundreds of acres of stunning garden, but one of the most unique attractions in Delaware is their Enchanted Woods, at the top of the hill. Walk through the Tulip Tree House, cross the Troll Bridge, and spot a fairy at home in an old hollowed oak tree.
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Wilmington, DE 19807.
Where do you like to go when you want to enjoy some quality time in Delaware? This time of year, I love to escape into our beautiful state parks and spend a weekend
hiking and camping in the cozy fall cabins.