Governor Jack Markell is 'Glad to Have You'
Delaware has no shortage of history, adventure and diversity.
Whether you are a history buff, a sports enthusiast, an arts lover or an adventure-seeker, the First State has something for everyone. Delaware is home to beaches beloved for the cleanliness of their waters and the diversity of their attractions. Each beach town boasts its own flavor of fun, from family entertainment and quiet retreats to exciting nightlife and fine dining.
Thanks to Delaware’s place in American history, you can relive the 18th century in the historic towns of New Castle, Dover and Lewes; experience the du Pont legacy by visiting some of the finest museums and gardens on the East Coast; or learn about the nation’s early days on the Delaware History Trail.
If you are looking for the thrill of adventure, be sure to attend an exciting NASCAR race, take a lap around the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway or try your luck at gaming at our full-service casinos. Outdoor enthusiasts can test their sea legs on a maritime adventure, or follow one of Delaware’s tempting trails—tasting award-winning wines and craft brews on the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail, dining on the Culinary Trail, or finding the cache along the Delaware Geocaching Trail and starting a day of adventure along the Outdoor Trail.
Delaware is a year-round travel destination, offering fantastic fairs, festivals, performing arts and events that draw nationally, including World Championship Punkin Chunkin, the Delaware State Fair and the Firefly Music Festival. It is also recognized for its incredible beauty and diverse attractions, all within easy driving distance from any point in the state. We have the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, lush farmlands, scenic wildlife refuges, precious coastal wetlands and miles of pristine, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.
Delaware’s also a place that celebrates its cultural diversity, which shines in such events as the Festival Hispano (held in both Wilmington and Millsboro) and the August Quarterly, the nation’s oldest African-American festival. As a state that is proud of its role helping thousands of slaves find freedom, Delaware invites visitors to experience that journey themselves on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
To get the full Delaware experience, be sure to get out of your car and explore. Take a walk on the beach between the ocean and dunes. Rent a bike and pedal the shade-covered trails at a state park. Wander the cobblestone streets of Old New Castle at dusk. There are so many exciting ways to discover Delaware. Conveniently located, affordable and easily accessible—it’s a great place for sports tournaments and group tours. Visitors come to Delaware often to indulge in tax-free shopping at brand-name outlets, malls and specialty shops; or to enjoy sumptuous fare at the wonderful restaurants found throughout the state and on the culinary coast.
You’ll also find that Delaware is a neighborly place, and while you’re here, you’ll likely make some new friends. When it’s time to leave, I hope you’ll find that those memories of people and places linger, drawing you back again and again. We’ll be glad to have you.