Sunday, February 28, 2010



Delaware is a little state, but all the little things to do add up. The people there love their state and boast about being the first state in the Nation. However what they are most known for is the fact that you can do all the shopping you want there and pay NO SALES TAX.

For those of us who prefer to see things rather than shop, the below are lots of viable pit stop options:

Pit stops for the Active Type:

Besides making a NASCAR fans day by visiting the Dover International Speedway, you can actually give any visitor a thrill by booking a monster racing behind the wheel experience.

Go from car ride to boat ride by sailing all over Delaware or visiting one of the many beaches, such as Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach or taking the 80 min Cape May Lewes Ferry. The Cape Henlopen’s state park is actually another beach where thousands of visitors come each year.

Those who like to take chances with their lives on land and by sea, often also like to gamble with their money. They should head over to the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino or the Harrington Raceway and place their bets.

Pit stops for the History Lover:

Delaware was originally the home of the Nanticoke people. You can visit their museum which has information about the tribe, as well as pottery, traditional tools, clothing, photographs, and more. If you like learning about different people from our world’s history, you can also head over to the Delaware Natural History Museum, which has exhibits about sea life, dinosaurs, and more.

Since Delaware has been around for so long, it is a state full of history including dutch settlement museums such as Dutch House and DeVries Monument, Swedish colonies, Cooch’s Bridge Revolutionary War battle site, and the World War II Aviation Museum

The most famous family in all of Delaware is the DuPont family. Learn about them at the Brandywine Valley area, which includes the Hagley Museum and Library as well as various other museums and mansions.

If you prefer more of the Civil War era, then Delaware has that as well. You can visit the Lincoln Museum or you can head over to Fort Delaware State park , which was a Union fortess and houses Confederate prisoners. The park hires costumed civil war buffs to reenact the time period for you.

Pit stops that the whole Family will love:

Yo ho, yo ho, Delaware has a Pirate’s life for me…. Visit the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum and get yourself some shipwreck coins and pendants for your pirate’s chest. Similarly, there is a treasures of the sea exhibit in Georgetown where you can find silver ingots and coins, bronze cannons, gold coins and chairs, and emeralds—all from the pirate era.

Go from Pirates to Ghosts! You can do the tour of the old New Castle or take a Ghost train ride, but with all of the history in the First state of the union, you can only image how many ghosts may be lurking around.

Some of the best places to look for ghosts are lighthouses, and Delaware has quite a few of those. You can visit the Rockford Tower, the Breakwater East End Lighthouse, or the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse

If you find yourself near Bethany beach, you should stop by The Artful Bean. This is a coffee house that also houses art exhibits from local artists including painter, jewelers, ceramics, and more.

A couple cool pit stops include the Bennett Orchard or Woodside farm creamery where you can either pick your own fruit, or get fresh made ice cream.

There seems to be a lot of little things to do in Delaware that add up to a larger picture full of history and family fun.

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