Souvenirs from Delaware
Delaware locals proud themselves with living in a state which has started the Union and the historical landmarks spread across the state are highly promoted. But there is more to Delaware than the recent history of the United States: breathtaking natural beauties are always there to be enjoyed by the most adventurous, from the green hills of the Brandywine Valley to the beaches that spread towards the Atlantic Ocean. Delaware is full of history: whether you choose to try its trails or simply prefer the stunning outdoor landscapes of beautiful beaches, the carefully preserved Delaware heritage is everywhere. Unique museums displaying rich archives, splendid State Parks and the Delaware History Trail which comprises 36 historically crucial venues offer a complex image of the First State of the USA. Keep the memory of your visit alive with fridge magnets, keychains, souvenir plates and T-shirts available now online.
Dover, the Charming Architecture of the Colonies
Step back in a time of legend and walk down the picturesque cobbled streets of Delaware's Dover town centre with the history of the first Dutch settlers. Admire the 19th century Delaware fort, currently an entertainment venue which combines historical facts with a colourful show of costumes and special tours recreating the atmosphere of the Civil War. Hidden in the Brandywine Valley, architecturally splendid gardens and houses, old gunpowder mills and the open to public heritage of the DuPont family wait for visitors. Fresh and relaxing, the Wilmington Blue Rocks is located in the Riverfront with the Frawley Stadium and numerous art galleries and performing areas. For a bit more adrenaline, try the Dover International Speedway and the excitement of NASCAR race or the Monster Mile Racing. Or simply relax in the old centre of Dover the capital of Delaware during the Old Dover Days which offer local exhibitions and traditional dancing performances.
A Fascinating History of the Pioneers
Delaware is packed with charming historical sites celebrating the rich pioneer history or the roots of the Industrial Revolution; bustling with art and culture, Delaware museums are inspiring creative venues covering from early and contemporary American painting to British art. For a tour of Delaware's fascinating art galleries, start with the Old State House within the State Heritage Park, considered the state's first city 'park without boundaries'. It is a wonderful journey and the building is close to the Johnson Victrola Museum. For fans of military history, the Air Mobility Command Museum claims to be the only one dealing with the air refuelling heritage; large collections and interesting guided tours have been created around original airplanes from the First World War but also modern aircrafts are on display, especially those used for people transportation.
Native American Heritage in Historical Delaware
More than 10,000 years ago, the rich lands of Delaware were inhabited by the Nanticoke tribe; nowadays a dedicated museum - the Nanticoke Indian Museum celebrates its heritage and tells its story through a large collection of artefacts. Lewes, Delaware's historical 'first town of the first state' is a charming tourist attraction and displays beautiful architecture; due to its maritime heritage, a large museum has been dedicated to sea treasures such as Atlantic Ocean shipwrecks: the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an impressive collection of over 10,000 items. Also Delaware is an ideal place to enjoy the beaches and the sand: the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is a popular family destination centred on Funland but for nightlife entertainment, Dewey Beach is both affordable and hopelessly beautiful: its stunning Atlantic Ocean views are just around the corner.