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Wilmington which includes heritage elements

With music festivals, lively neighborhoods, museums and wineries, this “midway city” between Washington, D.C. and New York is an attraction in its own right. 

Delaware’s largest city combines historic charm and a dynamic cultural scene. Whether you want to dine and shop in one of the many neighborhoods, tour perfectly landscaped gardens or absorb culture in a variety of museums, Wilmington has plenty to do.

The city comprises many distinct neighborhoods, each offering something unique. Step back in time at the Colonial houses of Quaker Hill or enjoy the shops and tourist attractions of the Riverfront. If you visit during June, attend the Italian Festival. The city shuts down several blocks to make way for carnival rides and traditional Italian food and music.

Wilmington hosts a variety of music festivals each summer. The most popular are the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, a weeklong event in Rodney Square, and the Peoples’ Festival, a Riverfront tribute to Bob Marley.

Get in touch with your wild side at the Brandywine Zoo. This small zoo is home to a variety of exotic creatures, including a clouded leopard, a Siberian tiger and a two-toed sloth.

Browse through the extensive collections at the Delaware Art Museum or take the younger members of your family to the Delaware Children’s Museum for hands-on learning. Buy a ticket for Frawley Stadium, home to Minor League baseball team the Wilmington Blue Rocks, as well as the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

In the countryside surrounding Wilmington, visit local wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Tour the homes and gardens of nearby estates like Nemours Mansion and Winterthur. The area has a rich history dating back to the American Revolution; visit key battle sites such as Cooch’s Bridge and Brandywine Battlefield.

Wilmington is a fairly small city with a huge variety of offerings. Between the many restaurants and shops downtown or the museums and galleries scattered throughout the city, you’ll find endless attractions for visitors of all ages. The city sits on the bank of the Delaware River halfway between New York City and Washington D.C.

Where to stay in Wilmington

Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown
Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown
3.5 out of 5
422 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE
The price is £89 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Downtown Wilmington, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brandywine Valley, The Playhouse on Rodney Square and H. Fletcher Brown Park. Grand ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Such a clean nice friendly hotel exceeded my expectations for sure."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
2.5 out of 5
1807 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE
The price is £70 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from Grand Opera House, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Linvilla Orchards and Longwood Gardens. Christiana ...
3.7/5Good! (792 reviews)
"Location was great. Need to do a better job cleaning rooms"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
Sonesta Select Newark
Sonesta Select Newark
3 out of 5
48 Geoffrey Dr, Newark, DE
The price is £90 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brandywine Valley and Christiana Care Health System. Omega Shops Shopping Center is ...
4.4/5Excellent! (424 reviews)
"Property was nice room was perfect for what we needed it for."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Sonesta Select Newark
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