5 Best Things to Do in Delaware’s Quaint Villages in the Fall

Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Delaware’s Quaint Villages. These charming towns, surrounded by scenic countryside, are full of fall foliage and a wealth of activities to get you in the harvest season spirit! Here are five of our top picks for all ages to enjoy.

Explore the Great Outdoors at Killens Pond State Park

Killens Pond State Park offers a number of exciting, family-friendly outdoor activities where you can revel in nature and enjoy the crisp fall air. With hiking and biking trails, several ball fields and courts for your inner athlete, and plenty of water activities, this state park has something for everyone. Rent canoes or kayaks and explore the 66-acre mill pond, or paddle up the Murderkill River. Explore the adjacent Fork Branch Nature Preserve in Dover and sight a few of the preserve’s migratory and resident birds, including the red-shouldered hawk and the scarlet tanager. Enjoy an afternoon fishing along the pond, home to largemouth bass, pickerel, catfish, carp, and more. Learn more about the offerings at Killens Pond State Park.

Join the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival

This annual festival takes place on October 26–27, 2018, and is hosted at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in the quaint village of Harrington. With two days jam-packed with fun, the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival includes local fall food and drinks, a costume contest, trick-or-treat opportunities for kids, hayrides, a bonfire, pumpkin crafts, and spooky haunted barns — not to mention the centerpiece event, a giant pumpkin carving competition! Featuring pumpkins weighing over 150 pounds, this carving competition is a spectacle to behold. Get your tickets now and find more information about this year’s festival.

Drive through the Scenic Amish Countryside

It’s always a good time to drive through the picturesque Amish countryside, but with the changing leaves and the golden glow of the autumn sun, fall is a particularly beautiful time to view the rolling hills and stretches of farmland throughout Kent County. Delaware’s Amish community is set just west of Dover and features several tour and sightseeing opportunities. There are a number of Amish country stores to visit where you can find fresh baked goods, produce, handcrafted furniture, and more. Discover locally crafted and produced Amish goods at Spence’s Bazaar & Flea Market and Byler's Store (locations in Dover and Harrington) as well! If you’d prefer to spend more time in the fresh air, there are several excellent bike trails that cross all over the Amish countryside. Learn more about Delaware’s Amish countryside.

Sleep under the Stars and Camp at Blackbird State Forest

Blackbird State Forest is Delaware’s northernmost state forest and is full of outdoor recreation to enjoy. Make your weekend a real adventure and camp at one of the forest’s five campsites so you have time to enjoy all the activities Blackbird has to offer. This 6,000-acre forest has 40 miles of trails where visitors can hike, run, cycle and cross-country ski during the winter; there’s also a 2,200-foot paved trail for wheelchair accessibility. The forest also offers hunting and fishing opportunities. Get out in the great outdoors, and plan a camping trip at Blackbird State Forest this fall!

Savor the Finest Wines in Kent County

Fall is a perfect time for a day full of wine tastings. Delaware’s Quaint Villages is home to a number of family-owned wineries where you can taste the finest wines in Kent County and tour these fascinating — and beautiful — vineyards and wineries. Start your day at Harvest Ridge Winery, located in Marydel and offering a selection of fragrant, unique wines. Next, travel to Pizzadili Vineyard in Felton, where they provide over 12 grape varieties to develop a range of delicious wines, from sweet white wines to dry, oaky reds. Discover more about the wineries in Delaware’s Quaint Villages.

Don’t miss out on exploring Delaware’s Quaint Villages in all its autumnal beauty this fall! Start planning your trip now.

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