8 Ways to be a Hometown Tourist

As Delawareans do their part to flatten the curve, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors and your own backyard. Healthy explorers are encouraged to keep social distance and best practices in mind when getting some fresh air outside. Here’s a list of places you can find for some relaxation and enjoyment!

Kent County residents, this blog is for you! Learn how you can enjoy the outdoors, go on a virtual tour of a museum, shop online at some local boutique stores, enjoy a meal from a local restaurant and more! 

1. Order curbside or to go at a new restaurant

Many of our local restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries are open for carryout services. Order your favorite entrée or change things up and order a meal or two from a local restaurant you have never tried. (we recommend calling ahead for hours of operation and or carry-out availability) 

2. Grab your favorite libation to go!

Enjoy the local craft taste at our breweries, distilleries and wineries. Our libations are open for carry-out services.  Pick up a case or bottle of your favorite craft drink. (we recommend calling ahead for hours of operation and or carry-out availability) Did you know? Many of our craft libations are making their very own hand sanitizer to help the community slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Check out Milford’s easySpeak Spirits and Smyrna’s Painted Stave Distilling on how you can order one for yourself. 

3. Stretch your legs and get outdoors!  

Find something new in your very own backyard and neighborhood! Delaware’s beauty can be found everywhere. Take a hike at one of the parks and trails located throughout Delaware’s Quaint Villages including Killens Pond State Park in Felton, (fees waived until April 30th, 2020), Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna or Fork Branch Nature Preserve in Dover to name a few. With trees and flowers blooming, birds chirping and comfortable temperatures – now is the time to enjoy some fresh air. Remember to practice safe social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others and following CDC guidelines. (We recommend calling ahead or visiting each location's website for latest information on closures and openings of each park and or wildlife area’s amenities)

4. Discover public art murals and displays in Downtown Dover and Downtown Milford

Explore Delaware’s Quaint Villages’ art scene by car or stroll along Loockerman Street and S. Governors Street in Downtown Dover. You can also discover painted electric boxes from local artists and students depicting Dover’s history, culture and arts throughout the city. If you are heading to Downtown Milford, make way to Park Ave to see their collection of painted murals. Be sure to hunt for 4ft fiberglass painted replicas of Milford’s shipbuilding yacht, Augusta, scattered around downtown and along the Mispillion River. 

5. Virtual Tours at museums in Kent County

Many museums and art galleries are turning to online platforms to stream virtual tours and exhibits, giving both locals and visitors a chance to virtually explore artifacts, exhibits, artwork and more. The Milford MuseumBiggs Museum of American Art,  Mispillion Art League and the Delaware Public Archives offer virtual tours and or collections of artifacts and exhibits to explore while you are at home. 

6. Shop local online or buy gift certificates at your favorite specialty/boutique shop

Many local specialty/boutique businesses are utilizing online services to make local shopping easier. Many local small businesses are offering gift card services online to purchase and use for a future visit! Check out your favorite small business’ social media pages and or website to find out how you can help support the local small businesses within our community.

7. Stock up on your local fresh market favorites at Fifer Orchards & Country Store

Fifer Orchards & Country Store is making itself available so you can still take home your favorite local fruits & vegetables. Order with Fifers’ “Curbside by Appointment” Pick-Up Program – an easy way to bring home local foods by ordering online and picking up curbside.

8. Hit the bike trails!

With open lands and many recreation trails to discover, Delaware's Quaint Villages is great place for all cycling enthusiasts. Hit the road on two-wheels with your bike and feel the fresh air at one of these cycling trails you can find in Kent County. 

We are all in the together and we look forward to brighter days ahead.  You can visit our website for more inspiration to help find new things to tour, explore and visit.

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