Cool Things to Do
Attractions and events for all ages.
Fireworks explode over the Christina.
Photographs courtesy of the Riverfront Development Corporation
Take in a movie at an IMAX theater. Jump on a trampoline. Commune with nature. Indulge your artistic sensibilities. There are attractions and events for visitors of all ages and interests on the Riverfront.
This state-of-the-art, four-story, 13,500-square-foot facility is owned by the Riverfront Development Corporation and is operated by the Delaware Nature Society. The center showcases the many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and native plants that make their home in the tidal Christina area. Visitors are able to explore the interactive exhibits, join a guided tour, or participate in a variety of free and low-cost programs for students, youth groups, adults, families and teachers.
The Westin Wilmington
The area’s largest multi-purpose special event facility offers 87,000-square-feet of space for meetings and conventions, trade and consumer shows, corporate and social functions and more. It’s connected to the 180-room Westin Wilmington hotel.
The hallmark of cutting-edge, interactive and affordable theater experiences in Wilmington. The company celebrates rarely performed pieces, envelope-pushing topics and the elevation of local original work.
This family attraction builds imaginative minds through play, math, science and technology-based informal learning. With seven incredible exhibits and more than 37,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on activities, it’s a place where kids can be kids and grownups have fun, too. The museum also offers programming that changes weekly. The newest permanent addition is the Tree Pavilion, which is a hollowed-out and preserved 350-year-old sycamore tree that kids can play in and climb through.
Additionally, there are several one-time events this summer:
- Dog Days of Summer: July 29, 5–8 p.m. Various shelter animals, petting zoo, police K-9 demonstration, zoo exhibits.
- End of Summer Bash: Aug. 19. Fun outdoor activities.
- TBA: Star Wars Science: “Star Wars” characters in the museum interact with kids.
One of the leading contemporary visual arts organizations in the country. The building’s revolutionary design, once a railroad passenger car factory, centered on the convergence of two indoor “streets” with clusters of galleries rising beneath huge industrial trusses.
The Brandywine Valley’s only resident professional theater, the DTC is becoming known as a launch pad for Broadway plays. Noted professional actors, directors and designers are attracted from Philadelphia, New York and around the country to perform at the 389-seat theater.
For more than 20 years, the Riverfront has been home to Daniel S. Frawley Stadium and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Carolina League Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, and the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, the stadium hosts hundreds of other events, including college, high school, and amateur baseball games; concerts and various corporate and nonprofit events.
The Horizon Services Riverfront Rink is open
In winter, this open-air ice skating rink offers family-oriented fun. It’s also available for rental for hockey leagues, birthday parties and other events.
A replica of a Swedish ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to the banks of the Christina River in 1638. This hand-built floating history museum is moored at docks located next to the Shipyard Center and at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. Come on board to check out its 10 cannons, 7,500 square feet of sails, six miles of rigging and 10-story high mainmast.
With a philosophy of “Opera for everyone,” this regional arts powerhouse presents fresh interpretations of the classics in an intimate atmosphere.
This entertainment venue boasts nearly 3,000 seats in 14 standard auditoriums and the state’s only IMAX theater. Featuring high-back, leather stadium seats, state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and free parking, Penn Cinema Riverfront provides a comfortable, clean and safe movie experience. In addition to Hollywood blockbusters, view select classic features, independent films, IMAX documentaries, and alternative content, including satellite telecasts of live performances, concerts and shows. Also available for private screenings, field trips and corporate meetings.
Sit back, relax and let the captain do the navigating while you enjoy rides up and down the river. The River Taxi holds 29 passengers and can be boarded from six docks located along the Riverfront. The Christina Riverboat Company also offers special tours and chartered services such as The History Tour, the Wednesday on the Water Wine Cruise and Tuesday and Thursday Family Nights, with Tuesdays offering karaoke.
Friends enjoy Riverwalk Mini Golf.
This beautifully landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course features many of the colors and plant life found along the Riverfront, including the iconic Tom Burke birdhouses.
Named after the former Delaware governor who gained international recognition as an environmentalist, scientist, activist and public servant, the refuge is one of the few urban wildlife areas in the country. An extensive marsh restoration process began in 1998, and has already enabled beneficial vegetation to flourish in the marsh and provide habitat for wetland wildlife.
Delaware’s first indoor trampoline park is equipped with more than 12,000 square feet of industrial trampolines, the launch pad for people of all age and skill levels. It’s open to the public for jumping, dodge ball, the Hubble Bubble and Aeroball. Birthday party packages are available with private rooms for family and friends. The exclusive Ozone Layer is ideal for large group and corporate events.
Located at Dravo Plaza, the series began July 7 and runs each week for a total of eight Thursday nights through the summer. It features an eclectic mix of local artists, with everything from big band to reggae to jazz music.