WilmingtonUnited States of America

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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

Downtown Wilmington, Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
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Downtown Wilmington

Unique features of Downtown Wilmington include the bars and theatres. Make a stop by Grand Opera House or Old Swedes Church while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Wilmington
Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
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Riverfront

Unique features of Riverfront include the restaurants and river views. Make a stop by Delaware Theater Company or Delaware Sports Hall of Fame while you're exploring the area.

Riverfront
Forty Acres, Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
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Forty Acres

While Forty Acres may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Delaware Art Museum and Brandywine Zoo.

Forty Acres

Top hotels in Wilmington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Wilmington - Newark
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Wilmington - Newark
2.5 out of 5
415 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, DE
£48
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Delaware Park Racetrack and Slots, Christiana Care Health System and Omega Shops Shopping Center. ...

3.6/5Good! (1,527 reviews)

"The room was very clean, the front desk lady was absolutely nice"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Wilmington - Newark
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
3.5 out of 5
700 N King St, Wilmington, DE
£94
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Wilmington, this hotel is steps away from Grand Opera House and Delaware State University Wilmington. The Playhouse on Rodney Square and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,013 reviews)

"My only complaint was the parking fee in the attached garage. It would have been nice if the fee was waived for patrons of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront
Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront
3 out of 5
760 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE
£110
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chase Center on the Riverfront, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and Delaware Theatre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)

"Staff very friendly and helpful. Very clean and fresh."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront

Popular things to do in Wilmington

Brandywine Creek State Park
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Brandywine Creek State Park

Explore the great outdoors at Brandywine Creek State Park, a lovely green space in Wilmington. Attend a football match or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Hagley Museum and Library
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Hagley Museum and Library

You can study the exhibits at Hagley Museum and Library, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Wilmington. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top activities in Wilmington

Sorcerer's Quest - The Dragon's Lair
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Sorcerer's Quest - The Dragon's Lair

74% of travellers recommend
£15
Per adult
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

94% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Small-Group Tour
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Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Small-Group Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour
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Philadelphia: Small Group Historical Walking Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£34
Per adult
Sightseeing and Serial Killer Tour
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Sightseeing and Serial Killer Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
National Constitution Center Tickets
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National Constitution Center Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
£11
Per adult

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