Things for kids to see in Delaware
Just a short drive from Philadelphia, the state of Delaware is a hidden gem with loads for families. We recently visited in June. Here are some of our favorites, along with some other recommendations I came across!
Top 5 things for kids to see in Delaware
1. Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk
Check out “the Ice Cream Store” with more than 100 ice cream flavors from National Award Winning flavors to flavors stemming from as far away as Madagascar. Funland amusement park known for its popular Haunted Mansion and games, or Jungle Jim’s waterpark on warmer days. We stopped off at some local favorites including Nalu, a very kid friendly Hawaiian themed restaurant, followed by Candy Kitchen. Less than half an hour away, visit Cape Henlopen State Park which also offers beaches as well as more quiet Nature style exploring and camping.
2. Delaware Children’s Museum
My kids love anywhere they get to lead us in exploring. And just behind the Children’s museum, at Riverfront Market, play Mini Golf, try different types of frozen treats from Ice Cream and Italian Ices to Milkshakes and “Gela-tee”; or rent a canoe!
3. Delaware Children’s Theatre (or for older kids, Delaware City Theater Company)
Now in its 47th season, this year features hour-long shows ranging from Beauty & the Beast Jr. to Frog & Toad.
4. Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover
This is the only museum I know of where kids can see a variety of retired airplanes up close. On the 3rd Saturday during Spring-Fall, see inside the Cockpit as well! Visitors 10 or older can fly any of the museum aircraft on our flight simulator.
5. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
From life-size paintings of the Founding fathers to a Touch-It room for young children, there’s a variety of sights to see here for family members of all ages. Outdoors be sure to check out the beautiful Enchanted Woods.
More things for kids to see in Delaware:
Depending on your visit’s timing, you might also check out:
– Wilmington and Western Railroad train rides- open on the weekends, hop all aboard to ride a locomotive!
– Fifer Orchards, where you can enjoy fresh food in their cafe. Kids can pick flowers, berries or other seasonal food items depending on the season you go.
– Carousel Park Kids Corral- there are tons to do here; check out a barn tour or try a pony rides, or, if you’ll be around longer, sign up for horseback riding lessons which can be started as young as age 4.
– Tubman-Garrett Park- view a statue of Delaware native Thomas Garrett and fellow abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and take in a peaceful outdoor setting alongside the river, near Market Street Bridge.
– Christiana Mall- get all your holiday shopping done here; for little ones, take them to the Small Wonder Play Area in front of Target, said to be an “800 square foot play area [that] showcases some of Delaware’s most beloved attractions.”
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About the author: Alexis Dallara-Marsh is a wife and mother of 2 young children, ages 4 and 3, living in Bergen County, New Jersey. Her hope is to share a place where all parents and their little ones, no matter how young, can be exposed to the beauty of the Spanish language through the joy of reading. You can find her book reviews at Kids Spanish Book Club.