Delaware Chamber of Commerce, 1201 N. Orange St., suite 200, Wilmington, (800) 284-7483, www.dcss.com.
Delaware Tourism Office, (800) 441-8846, www.visitdelaware.net.
Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 120 Kings Highway, Lewes, (302) 645-8073, www.leweschamber.org.
Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, 501 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (800) 441-1329, www.beach-fun.com.
Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, (302) 571-7747, www.k12.de.us/warner/zoointro.htm. Delaware only has one zoo and this is it. The zoo is located on the banks of the Brandywine River and has such exotic creatures as mallards and box turtles--oh, and opossums too.
Cannonball House, 118 Front St., Lewes, (302) 645-7670, www.historiclewes.org. The museum is home to over 400 years of Delaware's nautical history.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Lewes, (302) 426-1155, for reservations (800) 643-3779.This puppy will take you and your auto the 17 miles across the Delaware Bay from Lewes to Cape May, New Jersey. Arrive one hour prior to float off for the security check.
Delaware Archaeology Museum, 316 S. Governor's Highway, Dover, (302) 739-4266, www.destatemuseums.org. This state may be the First State, but the museum houses over 12,000 years worth of Delaware's archeological history, from the North American Ice Age to the most modern 20th century.
Delaware Art Museum, 800 S. Madison St., Wilmington, (302) 571-9590, www.delart.org. The museum's web site claims its collections are filled with "art that moves you," so get mobile and check out the pre-Raphaelite and American works.
Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum, 6 Old Barley Mill Road, Wilmington, (302) 427-8697, www.thomes.net/toys. The only thing better than toys are mini toys, so come take a gander at the museum's collections of tiny toys, trains, dolls, boats, planes, and more.
DiscoverSea and Shipwreck Museum, 708 Ocean Highway, Bethany Beach, (302) 539-9366, www.discoversea.com. The best place to view artifacts scavenged from the sea north of Virginia. The museum features items from the Titanic, Republic, Atocha, and other, more local, shipwrecks.
Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation, N. Pine St., Seaford, (302) 628-9500, www.ohwy.com/de/g/goromapl.htm. An Italian villa-style mansion located on 20 acres of land from the 1850s, the house is the site of Delaware's only documented slave quarters and there are other, happier, things to see and do here.
Greenbank Mill, 500 Greenbank Road, Wilmington, (302) 999-9001, www.greenbankmill.org. This mill is more antiquated than the state at 300 years old, but it still has a working 18-foot water wheel. Livestock and activities are also around for your farm-like amusement.
Antique Show, June 28, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, (302) 645-7670, www.historiclewes.com/events. The Lewes Historical Society's oldest event, the annual antique show will celebrate it's 40th year in existence with over 70 dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, June 16-23, Rodney Square, 10th and Market streets, Wilmington, (888) 285-8873, www.ci.wilmington.de.us/events.htm. A week-long celebration of jazz music, especially honoring Delaware's own Clifford Brown.
Delmarva Chicken Festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 20-21, 100 Campus Drive, Dover, (302) 856-9037, www.dpichicken.org. Any form of pleasurable poultry activities imaginable will be found at this chicken-centric festival.
Enchanted Summer Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21, Winterthur Museum, (800) 448-3883, www.winterthur.org. The second annual festival features storytelling, Maypole dancing, music, crafts, and all sorts of wholesome family fun.
Fourth Annual Taste of Coastal Delaware, 1-4 p.m. June 8, Bethany Beach, (800) 962-7873, www.thequietresorts.com. A sampling of the area's finest restaurants. All for the low price of $25 a person.
Greek Festival, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. June 3-6, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom St., Wilmington, (302) 654-4447. A festival of food, fun, and entertainment--with a little bit of Greek thrown in for kicks.
Zwaanendael Archeology Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24, Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, (302) 645-1148, www.destatemuseums.org. A festival of learning about all the junk that got buried and found centuries later. Museum tours of the HMB DeBraak shipwreck artifacts are also included.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Abbot's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbot's Pond Road, Milford, (302) 422-0847, www.delawarenaturesociety.org. It's a nice place to take a scenic walk and learn something new about wildlife.
Amethyst Charter Boat, Indian River Inlet, Millsboro, (800) 999-8119, www.atbeach.com/amethyst. Don't have a boat ready and waiting for your next sportfishing trip? Not to worry. Charter the Amethyst and fish for all the marlin, tuna, and dolphin you want.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, (302) 653-6872, bombayhook.fws.gov. More birds than you could ever want to see along a 12-mile car ride. Five short walking trails are also available for those who want to get a better view and some exercise.
Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, 801 South Madison St., Wilmington, (302) 425-3263, www.desportshof.org. Okay, so this isn't where the Yankees are based, but the museum's honorable goal is "to be an enduring point of pride for Delaware's sports history and an inspiration to today's youth." So give 'em a chance.
Bargain Bill's Flea Market, 10912 County Seat Highway, Laurel, (302) 875-9958, www.bargainbill.com. One of the nations top 50 flea markets according to Good Housekeeping. Go see what a whole lot of other people didn't want any more. Your garage could use some more junk.
Common Goodes and Embellishments, 204 Delaware St., New Castle, (302) 328-4416. The shop holds a selection of clothing items from the Revolutionary War and the 1800s. Just the place to pick up that last minute petticoat or pair of boots while heading out to that Civil War reenactment.
Rehoboth Outlets, Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, (302) 226-9243, www.shoprehoboth.com. With all the same sort of shops as the OC factory outlets, these stores are a better choice in terms of no tax if not in terms of merchandise.
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