21 Free Things to Do in Wilmington, DE

Free Things to Do in Wilmington, DE
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If you're planning a visit or even if you're a fellow Wilmingtonian looking for some budget-friendly fun, you're in the right place.  Here;s 21 free things to do in Wilmington, Delaware.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals for their invaluable contributions to this article: Christopher Kuhn, Franklin Butler, Gia Granger, Alyssa Rodriguez, Justin Kirby, Robert Hyde and Adam Shuttleworth.

Marvel at the Sight of Rockford Tower

Exterior of Rockford Tower
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Did I ever tell you about the time I stumbled upon a hidden gem in my own backyard?

Yes, it was the historic Rockford Tower tucked away in the heart of Wilmington.

I've lived here my entire life, but it's astonishing how it took me so long to discover this gothic beauty.

Every day, as I take my morning jog, I can't help but marvel at the stately tower perched atop a hill, the morning sun illuminating its intricate structure.

You wouldn't believe the craftsmanship that's been put into this tower.

Constructed from massive blue rock stones, Rockford Tower exudes an old-world charm that seems to transport you to a bygone era.

An enormous ornate door welcomes you, and upon closer inspection, you’ll notice a peculiar clock.

But on a second look, you’d be amused to find that it's actually a gigantic sundial!

To add an even more whimsical touch, miniature gargoyles sit watchfully at the top.

Front view of Rockford Tower
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It's like a scene right out of a medieval fairy tale. Unfortunately, the tower is closed during winter, but I'm curiously waiting for the day I get to explore the inside.

And that's not all! The tower is nestled in a lush old park, Rockford Park, that's older than the city itself.

The park is home to an amazing overlook, a verdant landscape that's sure to take your breath away.

The winding hiking trails dotted with little caves between huge boulders make for a great adventure.

And the sight of old, immaculately kept mansions peeking through the massive trees adds a touch of grandeur to the landscape.

The park also serves as the perfect venue for community events. I've attended a couple of burger battles here, and it’s always a great experience.

But it’s not just about the events, the park itself is so beautiful, it almost feels like a private small college campus.

I’m proud to call this my city, my home, and I'm grateful for spots like the Rockford Tower that add to its character.

I'm no stranger to the beauty of the Mezzanine Gallery.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, the gallery has become a part of my routine walks.

The first thing that grabs your attention is the gorgeous architectural design of the building.

It's modern yet inviting, and on sunny days, the building almost seems to glow.

I spend my weekends at the gallery, sometimes even lending a hand in polishing the terrazzo floor.

There's something incredibly satisfying about seeing the floor gleam under the soft gallery lighting.

It's like setting the stage for the art pieces that are displayed.

And speaking of art, the Mezzanine Gallery never disappoints.

It is a nice public gallery that showcases a vast array of artworks from local talents.

Whether it's abstract paintings, intricate sculptures, or experimental installations, the gallery always has something that sparks curiosity.

One of the things I appreciate most about Mezzanine Gallery is its commitment to supporting and promoting local artists.

In return, the artists continue to inspire and enrich our community with their creations.

It's this shared passion for creativity that makes the gallery more than just a building.

It's a thriving hub for art and culture.

Discover Local Ecology at DuPont Environmental Education Center

Front view of DuPont Environmental Education Center
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I remember the first time I stumbled upon the DuPont Environmental Education Center, it felt like unearthing a hidden gem right in the heart of Delaware.

Tucked away at the end of the River Walk along the Christiana River, this nature center is a breath of fresh air in an urban setting.

It encircles a peaceful pond and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the marshlands.

The center is situated on the Russell Petersen Wildlands, named in honor of a former state governor and an innovator who envisioned the co-existence of nature within the city's confines.

One of the unique experiences at the center is observing a freight train that chugs along underneath the walking bridges.

This delightful blend of nature and urban life never fails to fascinate me.

The center is also a favorite jogging and biking spot for many.

Far view of DuPont Environmental Education Center
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The well-maintained boardwalk, the tranquil surroundings, and the lack of crowds make it an ideal place for a workout.

What's even better is the availability of ample parking spaces, which makes it convenient for visitors.

But for me, the best part about the DuPont Environmental Education Center is the peace and quiet it offers.

Away from the city's hustle and bustle, it's the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.

Plus, it's right next to the Riverfront River Trail, which has many restaurants. So after a day of exploring nature, I can enjoy a delicious meal.

Go Hiking at Ramsey Overlook

One of my favorite spots to unwind and get close to nature is at Ramsey Overlook in the First State National Historical Park.

The beauty of this place is spellbinding, especially when I take that 3.5-mile hike through the park.

The trail meanders through the park, making it a perfect spot for biking, jogging, or simply strolling through.

October is particularly enchanting when the park turns into a marvelous maze with the fall colors.

It's a sight that never fails to take my breath away - a testament to the real, mature beauty of Delaware.

I cannot recommend this place enough for anyone seeking a serene spot to connect with the outdoors.

But the crown jewel of the park has to be the view from the Ramsey Overlook.

The hike up and down the valley may be a bit of a challenge, but the panoramic views of Delaware at its finest are well worth the effort.

It's a sight that fills me with awe every time, making the exertion all worthwhile.

In fact, I often find myself taking up running and hiking here more often than not.

There's something about the serenity of the place that keeps me coming back for more.

Meet Local Artists at The Delaware Contemporary

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The Delaware Contemporary

Think about a place where art comes to life, where creativity is the heartbeat, and where every visit is a fresh experience.

That’s The Delaware Contemporary for you.

The non-collecting museum is a happening hub in our city, not just presenting art but interacting with it, hosting about 30 changing exhibits every year.

Imagine that you visit thrice a month, and each time, it's a different world you walk into.

One evening that stands out among all my visits was during the opening reception of the University of Delaware’s MFA thesis program.

Seeing the vibrant work of local artists like @AmiracleArtistry was nothing short of an enriching experience.

It is a perfect blend of socializing and celebrating art, with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and beautiful artwork to add to the charm.

Every visit to the museum has been a joyous journey.

The exhibits are aesthetically pleasing, showcasing the talents of both seasoned and emerging artists.

Not just a passive viewer, you get to engage with the art.

There's always something new and exciting to experience, whether you're browsing the gallery or attending an event.

What truly makes this museum a gem is the opportunity to meet and interact with the artists in residence.

You get to witness them actively creating, hear them explain their vision, and engage in insightful conversations.

Being in close quarters with the creative process is a unique experience, something you don’t get to have every day.

Also, let's not forget about the youth program they offer.

It's a great initiative that works towards nurturing young artistic talents.

The Delaware Contemporary is more than just a museum, it's an interactive, dynamic, and engaging art space that offers a unique cultural experience.

Celebrate Culture at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Every year, I eagerly await the second week of June.

Why, you ask?

Well, it’s the time for the annual Greek Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church located in the heart of Cool Springs - Tilton neighborhood of Wilmington.

I've been attending this amazing festival since its 47th iteration and each year, it just keeps getting better.

Walking into the festival, it's like stepping into a slice of Greece.

The church itself is a sight to behold, but the festival?

It's a whole new level of amazing.

Talented musicians play heart-stirring melodies that are so compelling you can't help but join in the dancing.

And the food!

Oh, the food!

The festival serves the most delectable homemade Greek dishes.

You just haven't had a gyro until you've tried one from here.

It’s simply the best!

My personal favorite, though, is the pastitsio platter.

It's a heavenly mix of stuffed grape leaves and juicy meatballs that melts in your mouth.

And don’t even get me started on the loukoumades – honey-soaked doughnuts that are the perfect sweet ending to this grand feast.

What makes the festival even more enjoyable are the friendly volunteers who serve the food with warm smiles.

The crowd, too, is always lively, adding to the joyous ambiance.

I highly recommend anyone who has not experienced this festival to mark their calendars for the upcoming one.

It's truly an experience not to be missed.

Jog through Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge

Boardwalk at Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
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On a regular Saturday morning, I put on my hiking boots and head over to the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge.

There's no entry fee, and the wildlife boardwalk trail is a sight to behold.

Marshlands stretch as far as the eye can see, flanked by vibrant flowers and intricate water systems.

Even without the sight of any animals, the flora alone is captivating enough to make the visit worthwhile.

As I wander along the raised paths, the city fades into a serene backdrop, replaced by the peaceful sounds of nature.

The urban preserve becomes an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city.

Even though it's strange not to see any birds, their absence doesn't detract from the beauty of the place - if anything, it adds a mysterious allure.

Tucked away within the refuge is the information center, a welcoming air-conditioned retreat from the heat of the day.

Here, you can find answers to any questions about the wildlife and flora around.

Marsh at Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
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Better still, climb the stairs to the top of the building and be treated to panoramic views of the city and the lush wildlife area.

For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, the walking and bicycle trail stretches for 5 miles all the way to Battery Park.

I have yet to venture that far, but I've been told it's a delightful journey.

I once visited on the evening of July 4th, and the ambiance was nothing short of magical.

The pond was beautifully lit, making the surroundings even more enchanting.

Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. truly is a gift to us city-dwellers, providing an escape to nature without leaving the city.

No matter how many times I visit, there's always something new to discover at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge.

Even on days when wildlife is scarce, the experience remains uniquely rewarding.

Aerial view of Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
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Take in the Views at Rockford Park

One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is to take a leisurely stroll through the 104-acre space that is Rockford Park.

Nestled right here in the heart of our city, this vast park is a treasure trove of natural beauty.

The park is not just a lush green stretch, it's also a hub of history.

The historic observation tower that towers over the park is the perfect spot for panoramic views of the city.

Trust me, the view from the top, after climbing over 100 steps, is absolutely breathtaking.

The camera lens hardly does it justice; it's something you really have to experience first-hand.

The park is not just known for its scenic beauty.

The Flower Market, a vibrant tradition that takes place every year on Mother's Day weekend, is a sight to behold.

It's an event that celebrates 50 years of food, live music, art, and camaraderie.

The vibrant tents, the bustling vendors selling all things fabulous, and the live entertainment make it a weekend to remember.

Not to mention the food trucks - they have some of the best food in the area.

And if you have a sweet tooth like me, be sure to visit the wonderful mini-donut truck run by Dan and his son John.

Trust me, their donuts are a treat for the senses.

But Rockford Park is not just for humans.

There's an off-leash area for dogs as well, where our four-legged friends can run around and have fun.

The picnic sites, the trails, the open spaces - there's something for everyone in Rockford Park.

It's a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling city.

And the best part?

Just being there makes you forget the world outside.

So, if you haven't had the chance to visit yet, what are you waiting for?

The park awaits.

Take Snaps with the Sculptures at the Copeland Sculpture Garden

Signage of Copeland Sculpture Garden
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One of the things I love most about my hometown is the stunning art scene we have here.

One place that truly encapsulates this is the Copeland Sculpture Garden, nestled within the Delaware Art Museum.

With its incredible collection of art pieces, this place is a dream for any art enthusiast.

The Sculpture Garden is not overwhelming despite its extensive collection, making it easy to navigate and appreciate the art at your own pace.

I’ve had some of the most amazing conversations and gained unique insights into various art pieces during my visits.

Trust me when I say there's nothing quite like sharing interpretations of a sculpture with a fellow art lover.

Adding to the unique experience, there is a labyrinth where you can stand on the stones at the center and sing.

Yes, you heard it right, sing!

The echo in the labyrinth amplifies your voice, creating a magical and surreal auditory experience.

During my most recent visit, some sections of the museum were closed, but that didn’t dampen my experience at all.

In fact, it gave me more time to explore Copeland Sculpture Garden.

Even on a rainy day, the garden is breathtakingly beautiful and scenic, showcasing some truly phenomenal outdoor installation pieces.

Groove to the Music at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Every year, as the summer sun begins to bathe Wilmington, Delaware, the city comes alive with the sweet, soulful sounds of jazz.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, held in the heart of our beloved Rodney Square, is a feast for the senses.

You can feel the energy reverberating through the crowd as stellar artists, renowned both locally and globally, take center stage.

Those moments, the blend of sweet melodies and shared laughter are the ones that paint my summer memories.

It's not just about the music, though, the festival food is an experience in itself.

From finger-licking barbecue to refreshing drinks, the vendors at Clifford Brown Jazz Festival go all out to make sure we locals, as well as the numerous visitors, are well-fed and satiated.

And the best part?

This annual city-held celebration of music and culture is free.

It's a testament to the community spirit here in Wilmington - to be able to enjoy pure, unadulterated jazz without worrying about the cost.

As we gather under the summer sky filled with tunes of love, loss, and life, we're reminded of the beauty that music and community can bring into our lives.

Walk Your Dog around Brandywine Park

Picnic bench at Brandywine Park
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Oh, the sheer joy of waking up and knowing that just a few minutes from my front door lies the picturesque landscape of Brandywine Park.

Every morning, like clockwork, I lace up my trainers and head off for a brisk jog along the park's winding trails, the brisk air invigorating my senses and the sight of the river glistening under the rising sun kick-starting my day.

This riverside oasis is more than just a park; it's a sanctuary where Mother Nature has meticulously crafted a canvas showcasing her best work.

The centuries-old trees stand tall, casting their shadows over sports fields and a plethora of monuments and attractions.

The chirping birds add a melodious background score to my jogs, while the smiles of fellow joggers, dog walkers, and families enjoying their morning routines sprinkle an added dash of joy to the atmosphere.

But Brandywine Park isn't just for the morning crowd.

In the afternoons, it transforms into an open-air gym, with fitness enthusiasts finding innovative uses for the park's equipment and wide-open spaces while children fill the playgrounds with laughter and energy.

Cherry blossom trees at Brandywine Park
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And then come the evenings, when the setting sun paints the sky golden, and the park morphs into a tranquil retreat perfect for a quiet stroll or a leisurely read by the water's edge.

And let's not forget our furry friends! The park welcomes them with open arms, providing ample space for pets to stretch their legs and play to their heart's content.

And for the anglers among us, myself included, the river offers a serene environment for a spot of fishing.

I can't guarantee you'll always get a bite, but the tranquility on offer is a catch in itself.

Being fortunate enough to live next to Brandywine Park, I am a first-hand witness to the harmony and peace it brings to our community.

Meet Animals at Wilmington State Parks

My hometown, Wilmington, is known for several things, but my favorite is our beautiful state parks.

It's a spot loved by all, especially the Wilmington State Parks.

This park's prime location along the Brandywine River, its enchanting greenway trail, historic sites, picnic areas, and the zoo across the street make it a beloved local hangout.

My favorite activity, hands down, is spending my Sunday afternoons strolling along the paved greenway trail.

I'm mesmerized by the gorgeous trees turning into spectacles of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows during the fall.

It's nothing short of magical.

Imagine a scene ripped straight out of a fairy-tale book - that's what it feels like to be there, especially during the fall!

But it's not just about natural beauty.

The park offers a glimpse into the past with its numerous historic sites scattered throughout.

It's like a treasure hunt, and each historic site you stumble upon tells a captivating tale of the city's rich history.

A fun-filled day at Wilmington State Parks isn't complete without a visit to the zoo.

It's right across the street, so it's hard to resist.

I've seen the excitement in the children's eyes as they learn about different animals and have hands-on experiences such as the goat petting pen.

It's heart-warming to see their curiosity being piqued, and it's always a joy to spend an hour or two there.

In a nutshell, there's never a dull moment at Wilmington State Parks.

Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or someone looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a picnic, this place has something for everyone.

But don't just take my word for it, go explore it for yourself and create your own magical memories.

Admire the City Lights at Riverfront Wilmington

Benches along Riverfront Wilmington
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You haven't truly experienced the beauty of Wilmington until you've taken a leisurely stroll along the Riverfront.

Nestled in the heart of the city, Riverfront Wilmington is a haven of tranquility amid the urban bustle.

With a scenic boardwalk that stretches along the water's edge, it's my go-to place to escape the daily grind.

Days spent here are delightful, but nights take on a whole new charm.

As darkness descends, the city's skyline comes alive, painting a mesmerizing panorama that's nothing short of magical.

On one such night, I found myself captivated by the twinkling lights reflecting off the tranquil waters.

What I love most is its family-friendly atmosphere. Riverfront Wilmington is a secure space for all, with vigilant security personnel ensuring a peaceful experience.

Parking is a breeze, too, with affordable rates and plenty of spots available along the boardwalk.

The dining options are abundant, though none have set up shop right by the water. But that doesn't mar the experience.

Skyline and river views from Riverfront Wilmington
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The delicious aromas wafting from the restaurants on the other side of the boardwalk, coupled with the distant hum of music on summer evenings, evoke a sense of serenity that's simply unmatched.

Despite its many delights, the absence of public restrooms is a slight downer.

I've often found myself wishing for this much-needed amenity, especially on long, leisurely walks.

But the Riverfront is not just about tranquil strolls. It's a hub for all sorts of fun activities.

From the Delaware Children’s Museum to bike rentals, evening cruises, tiki boats, mini golf, a trampoline park, and even a movie theater – everything is either on the boardwalk or a mere stone's throw away.

One of my fondest memories is an early morning run with my best friend.

With the boardwalk almost deserted at that hour, it felt like we had the entire place to ourselves.

The access to the many restaurants and activities like mini golf and boat rides on the lake added an extra dose of fun to our exercise routine.

Trail of Riverfront Wilmington
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Feast Your Eyes to the Charming Gardens of Goodstay Center

I remember the first time I strolled through the stunning grounds of the Goodstay Center.

Being surrounded by meticulously maintained, vibrant gardens is truly a sight to behold.

You can really see the effort and hard work that has gone into sculpting this verdant oasis.

It's not only a feast for the eyes but also a perfect location for capturing those precious moments.

I once attended a photoshoot at the Center and was blown away by the picturesque setting.

The lush foliage and historical architecture provided a beautiful backdrop, and the center's accessibility made it a breeze to get to.

One of my fondest memories was attending an event at the Goodstay Center.

The ambiance was warm and welcoming, and everything was organized to perfection.

Catch Events at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park

Entrance arch of Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park
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I've always considered myself lucky to live near the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.

It's a sprawling green space, surprisingly clean given the amount of foot traffic it sees.

Last Sunday, I ventured down to catch the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir's performance, a local group my niece is a part of.

The park was abuzz with food trucks, vendors, and people having a good time.

The choir lived up to its reputation; their harmony was perfect, and they truly rocked the park that day.

The park itself is beautifully maintained and stretches along the calm Christina River.

Statue at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park
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A perfect spot for quiet walks or bike rides, the peaceful riverfront is a sight to behold.

If you are lucky, you might notice the cute bird houses scattered throughout the park. I often bring my camera along to capture these charming little details.

On warm, sunny days, the park is my go-to spot for a lovely packed lunch. There's nothing like enjoying a meal amidst nature's tranquility.

And if you don't feel like packing your own lunch, there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity that you can explore.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park to anyone who finds themselves in Wilmington.

It's a peaceful escape in the heart of the city that never fails to impress, be it with its stunning views or the array of events it hosts.

Uncover History at Fort Christina Park

Sometimes, as a resident in a bustling city, it's easy to overlook the gems hiding right under our noses.

One such gem is Fort Christina Park.

Tucked away in Wilmington, this little park might seem insignificant at first glance, but let me assure you, it's brimming with history that takes you on an intriguing journey back in time.

I took a walk down to Fort Christina Park the other day, a usual spot for my evening strolls.

It may not be grand in size, but it certainly makes up for it with its fascinating history.

I can't help but find it interesting to envision what life might have looked like centuries ago.

What makes the park even more special are the regulars - a group of retired men who hang out in the parking lot every evening, decked up in their finest attire, driving their sleek vehicles.

They've become somewhat of an unusual attraction in themselves.

However, sadly, the habit of littering seems to be a plague that haunts the park.

Despite being inches away from the bin, some folks just toss their trash on the ground, marring the beauty of the place.

But don't let that deter you.

The park itself is beautifully maintained, with well-kept grass and shaded parking areas.

A baseball field lies nestled within the park, the bleachers well-lit, providing an ideal spot for an impromptu game as the sun goes down.

One of my favorite memories of the park was when Herb, a kind-hearted local, offered me a tour of the grounds.

It was an enlightening experience that made me appreciate the place even more.

The park holds a charm that captivates its visitors.

I even managed to snag some great pictures that day, a memento of my visit.

Walk around Marian Coffin Gardens

The grounds of Marian Coffin Gardens
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One of my all-time favorite spots to escape in my city has to be the Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar.

There's something utterly fascinating about this tucked-away gem.

It's like stepping back in time, especially when you stroll through the iron gate and follow the pathway to a quiet seating area underneath a majestic stone arch.

I often find myself sitting there, just soaking in the serene ambiance of this secret garden.

Even though the houses around have been left to decay, they still possess a certain charm that adds to the whole experience.

It's a poignant reminder of what once was, and the hope that they might be restored to their former glory fills me with anticipation every time I visit.

It's also nice to know that entry to the gardens doesn't cost a thing, though there is a donation box for those who wish to contribute to its preservation.

The true magic of the Marian Coffin Gardens, though, springs to life when the flowers begin to bloom.

Can you imagine a sea of peonies, irises, roses, and lilies all unfurling their petals in the span of a month?

These aren't just any plants, they're aged and matured, their vibrant colors painting the landscape with an enchanting beauty.

I eagerly await this spectacle every year, and it never fails to take my breath away.

Immerse Yourself at the Tranquil Josephine Fountain

There's this place in town that offers a sanctuary for those of us needing a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It's the Josephine Fountain, a little oasis nestled in the heart of Brandywine Park.

I find that this is my go-to spot when I need some quiet time to unwind and reflect.

The calm waters and serene surroundings offer a peaceful haven that sets the mind at ease.

I often like to spend my evenings here, taking long walks along the well-maintained paths.

The walkway takes you from the parking lot all the way to the zoo, and there are other trails to explore as well.

The beautiful surroundings make for excellent people-watching, and it's not uncommon for me to spend hours just immersed in the quiet, watching the world pass by.

Sometimes, I don’t even leave my car.

You can find me parked, staring at the river, lost in my thoughts.

There's something about this place that just makes you want to pause and take a breath.

Josephine Fountain is a fantastic spot for family outings, too.

The kids can run around, have a picnic, or just enjoy the great outdoors.

It's one of those places that just keeps you coming back, no matter how many times you've been before.

Check out the Farmers Market at Rodney Square

Daytime view of Rodney Square
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There's something inherently calming about the luscious greens of Rodney Square.

I'm always drawn to the splash fountain at the heart of this oasis, nestled in the bustling center of Wilmington.

The fountain's water dances in the sunlight as I watch it from my favorite shady spot.

Having lived in Wilmington for years, I've come to appreciate the wealth of culture and history that is celebrated and remembered in this square.

Every Wednesday, from May to October, the square comes alive with the bustle of a farmer's market.

The smell of fresh produce fills the air, and a line of food trucks, at least half a dozen, serve their delicious fare from 10 am to 2 pm.

I make it a point to try something new every week, and I'm seldom disappointed.

Another memorable moment for me was my first time at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

Even though it poured that day, the rhythm of jazz flowing through the square was undeniably uplifting.

It's a testament to Wilmington's spirit of resilience and unity.

Other Things to Do Nearby

Discover History at the New Castle Court House Museum

Exterior of the New Castle Courthouse Museum
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History whispers from every corner of the New Castle Court House Museum.

This little gem of a museum is nestled in our charming old town, and as someone who's grown up here, I can tell you that it's a must-visit.

Housed in a circa-1732 building, it's a national historic landmark with an exciting tale to tell.

I've had the pleasure of walking through its doors numerous times, each visit revealing a new facet of Delaware's state history and the Underground Railroad.

The museum might not be large in size, but it boasts a collection of impressive exhibits that are both engaging and informative.

Even the youngsters in the family, especially those aged five and above, are bound to find something that piques their interest.

The free guided tours that the museum offers are another highlight.

The guides are knowledgeable and passionate, effortlessly drawing you into the stories and facts they share.

Facade of the New Castle Courthouse Museum
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I remember one Thursday afternoon, April 6th to be precise, when the guide managed to paint such a vivid picture of the courthouse's history, it felt like a journey back in time.

From how the courthouse was run to how it was built, burned down, and then rebuilt, every detail was fascinating.

Here's a pro tip - don't rush off once your tour is done. Take the time to stroll around the old town that surrounds the museum.

Trust me, the charm of New Castle Court House Museum only adds to the whole experience.

And if you're lucky like me, you may just stumble upon a new discovery or two, much like when I found out about this place during a visit to the Old State Capitol in Dover.

Step back in Time at New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal

When you live in a place steeped in history like I do, you find yourself learning something new every day.

Take the New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal, for example, a place I love visiting.

It's more than just a visitor center; it's the gate to a treasure trove of historical gems.

Every visit starts with the overview video, which gives a captivating glimpse into our town's past.

The guides at New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal, always friendly and knowledgeable, hand you a walking tour map filled with insider tips that only we locals are privy to.

But remember, most attractions are closed on Mondays.

So plan accordingly.

Living here, you get to know more than just the places, you learn about the fascinating stories and personalities that shaped this town.

The Dutch House, Court House museum, and our charming town square are a few of my favorite spots.

They never fail to remind me of how our past has shaped the present.

It's not just the buildings that hold history, it's also the people and their stories.

I remember a lecture I attended about a young boy who went missing under very strange circumstances.

The discussion was gripping and left me with so many questions about our town's past.

Final Thoughts

In essence, the charm of Wilmington lies not only in its vivid history and cultural richness but also in its free adventures that are accessible to all.

Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or an art enthusiast, there's always something to explore, and the best part—it won't break the bank!

What's most captivating about Wilmington isn't simply its attractions but the stories they embody, the memories they hold, and the experiences they promise.

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