Family Summer Day Trips Near Wilmington
The official start of summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning a weekend getaway for the whole family. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the Wilmington area, there are tons of enticing options that make for an easy day trip or weekend escape. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply love the great outdoors, here are five weekend getaway options that are sure to please.
Brandywine State Park
Nearly 15 miles of scenic trails wend through Brandywine State Park, a local treasure in the Wilmington area. This 933-acre nature preserve provides amazing chances to see songbirds, deer, and other local wildlife. The park is open daily from 8AM and to 4PM and is a popular place for families to enjoy a picnic among fields of wildflowers, hike through picturesque landscapes or try their luck fishing for small mouth bass and crappie in Brandywine Creek. Amenities include an onsite nature and visitor center, potable water, picnic areas, bike trails and a disc golf course.
Rehoboth Beach is a short two-hour drive from Wilmington and boasts an exciting array of restaurants, charming cottages and B&B’s, as well as family-friendly activities. The oceanfront boardwalk often hosts free concerts, and the warm waters are brimming with folks sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other things to do in Rehoboth Beach, like tax-free shopping, dining on fine foods, and letting loose at Funland amusement park, where kiddie rides and games will keep the little ones entertained. Don’t miss a visit to Jungle Jim’s, where bumper boats and water slides await!
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Renowned for its fantastic birdwatching, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is well worth the drive to Smyrna. This refuge encompasses 16,000 acres and includes pristine marshlands and cordgrass meadows that are home to great blue herons, egrets, geese, songbirds and raptors. Bring your bike to explore a 12-mile wildlife loop, or take the auto tour for chances to spot migrating birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural environment. A visitor’s center offers interpretive programs, or you can plan a day of leisurely hiking at your own pace.
Explore historic Milton
Home to DogFish Head Brewery, the historic town of Milton offers much more than amazing craft beer! When you’re not sampling some of the tastiest IPAs this side of the Mississippi, or learning about the process of making artisanal beer, the quaint downtown area promises great shopping and dining and a nice selection of day spas for some much-needed pampering! Milton is also close to the Broadkill River, where families can enjoy an afternoon of water recreation.
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