Delaware

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Delaware

Delaware:

Even though Delaware is the second smallest state in size, we found so many fun things to do while we visited. We camped at two different state parks. Lums Pond State Park, in northern Delaware, had very spacious sites with a great playground, a cute camp store, and very clean bathrooms and showers. The campsites at Delaware Seashore State Park, in southern Delaware were a lot tighter so campfires were not allowed at the sites, but the public fire pits provided a great opportunity to meet and chat with other campers. It also had an amazing playground and was within walking distance to the ocean. The camp store was unfortunately not open when we visited in April.

Places we enjoyed visiting in Delaware!

We visited many fun places in Delaware, which you can read about below. There are also more pictures for most of them. I’m realizing though, now that I’m putting this blog post together, that the two places we enjoyed the most (Nemours Estate and the Air Mobility Command Museum) have the least amount of pictures. I think we were having too much fun just taking it all in.

Kids at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach

The water was icy cold in April, but that didn’t stop the kiddos from having a blast in the ocean, which was just a short walk from Delaware Seashore State Park where we were camping. We also took a drive up to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk to get some Dolles Salt Water Taffy and Kohr Brothers ice cream.

Kids at Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware

Brandywine Zoo

This smaller zoo reminded me of one that I used to visit as a kid in Pennsylvania.  It is less than five acres, but was still big on fun for our family. It is home to animals that range from more common species to the highly endangered. We especially liked the ring-tailed lemurs.

Address: 1001 N Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802

kids next to Carousel Park Equestrian Center sign

Carousel Park Equestrian Center

This park that spans over 200+ acres has the most beatiful meadows where horses roam freely, walking trails, ponds and a lake, a unique playground, and a stable area that makes you feel like you’re in an old western movie. It’s also the home of the New Castle County Mounted Patrol. We arrived thinking we’d just have lunch and a quick walk around the park, but ended up staying for several hours. We even did some geocaching while we were there.

Address: 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808

Indian River Life Saving Station in Delaware

Indian River Life Saving Station

Though we didn’t actually tour the museum, we had an awesome time checking off science for the day while taking part in a squid dissection program offered by Delaware State Parks at this location. Not only did we get to dissect the squid, it was so much fun getting to write with its shell/pen, which happens to be on the inside of the squid and whatever ink was left in its ink sac. We definitely recommend checking out the programs offered through the Delaware State Parks. 

Address: 25039 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Kids in front of Nemours Estate in Wilmington, Delaware

Nemours Estate

We absolutely loved exploring this 77-room Mansion, Chauffeur’s Garage with vintage automobiles (Aiden’s favorite), and French-inspired gardens and grounds. This may sound too fancy for a family visit, but the kiddos may have enjoyed this place even more than we did. We were all so intrigued by how ahead-of-its-time this mansion was because of Dupont’s intuitive mind. The guides throughout the mansion shared lots of neat information as we walked through the rooms, some of which had cool hands-on activities for the kiddos. The girls also picked up scavenger hunts at the visitor center when we arrived. They enjoyed searching for certain items outside in the gardens and grounds and got to pick out a sticker when our visit was over. We definitely recommend a stop here if you’re visiting the Wilmington area.

Address: 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Kids in front of plane at Air Mobility Command Museum in Delaware

Air Mobility Command Museum

We planned this as a stop on our travel day heading  from Delaware to Pennsylvania, and we did not give ourselves enough time to explore this incredible museum. The tour guides that we got to meet were all air force veterans who shared their own personal stories relating to the planes we were exploring, which made the experience so much richer and more memorable. We’re definitely planning to go back on a third Saturday when they have open cockpit day and will plan to spend way more time exploring the museum that has continually been awarded the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award. 

Address: 1301 Heritage Rd
Dover AFB, DE 19902

Good Eats & Iconic Delaware Foods

We of course also had to check out some of the iconic foods in Delaware too. 

Kids in front of Nic-o-boli sign at Nicoli's Pizza in Rehoboth Beach, DE

The Bobbie:

Delaware’s most iconic sandwich is made with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on a sub roll. Similar sandwiches are now popular nationwide, but the first one was made at Capriotti’s in Wilmington, DE. Matt usually enjoys this sandwich at another establishement that offers it around Thanksgiving time, but He said this one put the other one to shame. 

Nic-0-boli:

We had to try the nic-o-boli at Nicola’s Pizza in Lewes. We enjoyed some of the other filling options, but also had to try the origina one made with ground beef, Nicola’s fat free pizza sauce and a blend of cheeses rolled in fat free dough, then baked in the oven. It was AHmazing! 

Dolles:

The Dolles sign is one of Delaware’s most iconic landmarks, and it’s the taffy that made it famous! We didn’t run into any trouble with having to pick this sweet treat out of our teeth because it was so soft, fresh, and extremely yummy!

Kids at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids in front of school house at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids in front of school house at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids in front of bank at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids in front of jail at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids on tractors at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Kids in boat at playground at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
Girl and horse at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
family with horses at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
girl and horses at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware
girls looking at horse at Carousel Park Equestrian Center, Delaware

Indian River Life Saving Station:

Squid Dissection Photos

Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Squid dissection at Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware State Parks
Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware
Indian River Life Saving Station, Delaware

Air Mobility Command Museum Photos

Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware
Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware
Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware
Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware