Start your morning in Smyrna, Delaware. Your first stop is at Blackbird State Forest. Wander through the wooded forest along 40 miles of secluded recreation trails waiting to be explored.
If you’re looking for a local low-key bay beach to unwind, make way to Woodland Beach. Cast your fishing line along the pier, stroll along the sandy beach, or kick-back and read your favorite book while enjoying the warmth of the sun.
After, head to one the largest remaining expanses of tidal marshes in the Mid-Atlantic region at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Spot migratory birds, hike along the trails, climb atop the observation towers or drive around the 12- mile wildlife trail to discover the beauty of Delaware’s natural landscapes.
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Ready for lunch? Make way to the award-winning Smyrna Diner for American classic comfort foods or pick up your favorite baked treats at 1 North Main Eats & Sweets. If you’re looking for a local brew pub, head to Brick Works Brewing and Eats. This restaurant offers the best of both worlds –craft beers and appetizing made-from-scratch entrees.
After filling up on lunch, head to Painted Stave Distilling and order a freshly made crafted cocktail as you relax on the outdoor patio. Or head to Blue Earl Brewing for more craft beer tastings and local flavor.
Next, head to Delaware’s capital city, Dover. Spend the late afternoon exploring colonial history at First State Heritage Park with free walking guided tours. Step inside and tour the first permanent capital building in Dover at the Old State House. Discover the history and hear stories of Eldridge Reeves Johnson, the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901 at the Johnson Victrola Museum. Or stroll through the Biggs Museum of American Art to find collections of contemporary, folk and decorative arts from the 18th Century through the 21st Century.
For dinner, head to downtown historic Dover and wander along the walkable downtown area. Stop in our quaint boutiques and specialty shops or discover some of Delaware’s Quaint Villages historical sites, homes, and architectures. Feast on American classic entrees at Grey Fox Grille and Public House or if you're looking for a quick place to grab a slice a pizza or a hearty sub, head to Simaron Pizza and Steak Shop.
After indulging into the local foodie scene, top off the night with a trip and hotel stay at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for hot slots, table games, late night bites and shopping. Or sip on some local craft flavor at one of Delaware’s Quaint Villages’ breweries, Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company.
Start the morning off bright and early with a hot breakfast from 13 U.S. Grill in Dover or make your way to the Countrie Eatery, located on the banks of Silver Lake. After an early morning breakfast, head to the Air Mobility Command Museum, John Dickinson Plantation and the St. Jones Reserve. Discover the only museum dedicated to airlift and air-refueling history at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Explore the grounds and mansion of a U.S. Constitution signer, John Dickinson, at the John Dickinson Plantation. Afterwards, wander through natural salt marshes, a nature boardwalk, and a scenic two-mile trail at St. Jones Reserve.
Next, stop at a century-year-old working family-farm at Fifer Orchards & Country Store located in Wyoming, Delaware. With seasonal festivals, U-Pick experiences, and a charming country store – it’s a local’s top favorite! Pack your shopping bags with fresh and local produce, jams, Amish made products, gifts, ice cream and much more. After exploring Fifers, head to Tre-Sorelle Dolce Ice Cream for a friendly game of mini golf and treat yourself to your favorite frozen treat!
Spend the late afternoon at Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery located in Felton, Delaware. Sip on a variety of premier wines made at the winery and produced from the vineyard’s grapes.
Reconnect with nature at Killens Pond State Park located in Felton. Hop on secluded trail, cool down at the seasonal water park, rent a kayak, or stop inside the nature center to discover native wildlife species of Delaware.
After a fun-filled day of exploring, head to Rudy’s Family Diner in Harrington or one of the many local eateries inside Harrington Raceway & Casino. Following dinner, test your luck at one of Harrington’s table games, simulcast and slots.
Spend the day in Milford with shopping, art, outdoor fun, history, and local craft beverages. Start your morning with a to-go breakfast at My Sister’s Fault. This Puerto Rican inspired bakery serves Empanadas, breakfast sandwiches, pastries and more. Or sit down and enjoy a breakfast meal from River Lights Café on their outdoor patio.
After filling up, take a leisurely stroll at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. Explore miles of pet-friendly trails, rent a kayak, or discover their unique Nature Center. Or head to the DuPont Nature Center. This seasonal Nature Center is open April through September and is situated on banks of the Mispillion Harbor. Discover educational exhibits and learn about the Delaware Bay’s natural history and ecology. After, head over to downtown Milford to walk along the Riverwalk Art Stroll. Gaze at various painted yachts representing the town’s culture, arts, and Riverfront. If you’re a history buff, discover Milford’s rich history with various displays at the Milford Museum.
After a busy morning exploring, grab some lunch at Arena’s Sports Bar. Next, explore local art at Gallery 37: A Destination for Artful Living or at the Milford Art League. Before hitting the road back home, find your next treasure to commemorate your trip to Delaware’s Quaint Villages’ at one of Milford’s boutiques and specialty shops.
This is just a snapshot of what Kent County, Delaware has to offer. The best part, it’s all in your very own backyard! To make it a true mini getaway, book an overnight stay at one of our many quality hotel accommodations.
Many of our historical sites, attractions, museums, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries are open at limited capacity. (60%) We recommend visiting website, social media or to call ahead to confirm hours of operation, services, and or to schedule a tour.