The riverwalk is a broad wooden boardwalk that runs alongside the Christina River. It connects the Shipyard Outlet Shops to the restaurants and clubs that are being built up even as I type this. It ends, what must be more than a mile later, at the Marketplace, where produce and such is sold. It is a beautiful walk! The cranes that were used back in the shipbuilding-industrial era of this renovated place are being made a part of the experience. Signboards along the walk tell the history of the shipbuilding days.
This tall ship is a replica of the original 3 masted warship which brought the first settlers to the Delaware Valley. The ship was Swedish owned and Dutch built. It landed here along the Christina River on March 29, 1638.
This replica was first launched in 1997. Visit the website to see the schedule of events. There are very few sailing dates. There are more dates offered to tour the boat and dockyard. (but wouldn't you rather sail?!)
On Sept. 15, 2003, flash flooding caused severe damage to the tracks and bridges along the whole length of the rail line. The railroad is running an abbreviated line. You can ride to the W&W Train yard, and get a tour, or go to Brandywine Springs Park to take a guided tour or hike on your own. It is estimated to take about 2 years to get back on track. I'll keep you posted!
This is Delaware's oldest steam tourist railroad. Runs through the Red Clay Valley. Trains operate rain or shine, March through December. Check their website for special events and schedule. (For instance mid-November through December, the railroad hosts Santa Claus rides.)
Be prepared for lots of small children any time of year. Seems to be a family favorite!
Lots of walking involved. I much prefer biking this trip, and during the week is best. Most businesses seem to be closed on the weekend. For a while this tree lined, brick sidewalked area was like a western ghost town. Closed businesses, and no one around. Now, due mostly to added police pressence, more businesses have come back making this one of the key areas to business people having lunch. If you really want to eat where the 'locals' eat, grab a nice lunch on Market Mon-Fri. Variety, and great people watching.
New outlets, new restaurants, and old buildings given new life. The River Front Arts Center, the Blue Rocks Stadium, and a beautiful river taxi ride are all in easy walking distance to each other. Lots of police and security so you will feel safe here.
Wilmington now has its own art-house theater, Theater N. It's a great cultural addition to the city, the people are really nice, and they have film discussions on the first Friday and Saturday of the month. Check it out!
Rockford Tower is a big stone water tower built in 1900, with an observation deck on top that gives a great view of Wilmington and beyond. Every photographer, painter, or artist who's ever come to Wilmington has felt obligated to do a rendering of Rockford Tower, so there are many Rockford Tower paintings, ranging from the traditional to the psychedelic. After many years of being closed, the observation deck is now open 10-6 Saturday and Sunday.
Are you in shape? Jog the 150 steps to the top and find out!
The grounds are beautiful. The museum itself covers an interesting period in the evolution of American industry and life, and the duPont mansion is of interest to those who like old houses. Something for everyone!
I haven't been to a minor league baseball game here, but I've heard it's a great family outing.... much cheaper than a major league baseball game.
Most Americans know Wilmington as the home and headquarters of beautiful women. As you can see, they like to smile, and if you're fortunate, they laugh.
A river runs through it, and it's a fairly pretty one for the middle of a city. Pick any of several pairs of bridges, and do a loop.
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