in all but size, Delaware's history dates back to colonial America.
Variously controlled by the Dutch, the English, the Swedes (yes, the Swedes), Delaware later gained gained renown as "The First State" for being
the first to ratify the new U.S. Constitution in 1787. FUN FACT: Delware was named for Virginia's governor, Baron De La Warr.
Delaware is a magnet for summer revelers who flock to popular seashore attractions
such as Rehoboth
Beach and Ocean City along with capital city attractions in Dover.
Other top attractions include the top-notch Brandywine Zoo (especially with kids in tow), the nature center at Cape
Henlopen and, statewide, a handful of museums and historic buildings for a step back into Delware's colonial past.
Top Delaware tourist attractions include the Brandywine Park and Zoo in Wilmington, the popular
Rehoboth Beach along the Atlantic coast, and the Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington.
2024 Delaware travel special events and festivals
Come spring there are
a big parade, colonial artisans' village, and more at the Dover
Days Festival in May.
Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Delaware travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information. Happy travels!
May 4 - 5, 2024 -- Dover Days Festival First State Heritage Park, Dover - Join the crowds at one of the state's longest-running spring festivals with more than 200 food and craft vendors, maypole dancing, and the big parade!
May 25, 2024 -- Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival Milton - Usually held on Memorial Day weekend, this early summer fun fest includes back-to-nature exhibits, crafts, food, and more.
July 18 - July 27, 2024 -- Delaware State Fair Harrington - Join the fun with carnival rides, live concerts, plenty of fair food and animal exhibits.
October 11 - October 14, 2024 - Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Rehoboth Beach - Enjoy one last fling at the beach at this annual fall blowout featuring big names jazz performances.
Delaware - Fun
& informative online guide offering an event calendar, kid-friendly attractions,
major tourist sites, hotel guide, restaurants & dining, travel packages, related
State Parks Online - Photos, activity guides, lists of park amenities
and available activities, special events, safety tips, rules and entry fees.
Delaware Tourism- Online guide to coastal, central and Southwestern Delaware
with tours, attractions and beach guides, hotels, restaurants, shopping and more.
Wilmington & Brandywine Valley - Nicely presented in photos and video
tours with information on major attractions, maps and directions, calendar of
events, getaway packages, hotel deals, related links.