Although it's only 96 miles long and 35 miles at its widest, Delaware has much to offer. Fenwick, Bethany, Dewey, and Rehoboth beaches, between Lewes and Fenwick Island, are excellent for swimming, sunning, fishing, surfing, crabbing, and clamming. Lakes, inlets, and the open water of Delaware Bay are perfect for boating and sailing. From the bay come succulent oysters, clams, and blue crabs, served at attractive sidewalk cafes. At Rehoboth Beach's annual Sand Castle Contest, people compete to see who can build the most elaborate sand castles on the beach.
Among Delaware's many museums are the Delaware State Museum, Zwaanendael Museum, Delaware Agricultural Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Hagley Museum, Rockwood Museum, and Delaware Museum of Natural History.
If you like to tour opulent estates, you won't want to miss the vast du Pont homes. Nemours, which belonged to Alfred I. du Pont, is filled with antiques and family furnishings. In the Winterthur Museum and Gardens, former home of Henry Francis du Pont, the evolution of American architecture and furnishings unfolds. Eleutherian Mills at Hagley Museum, home of E. I. du Pont, overlooks the first family enterprise?a black powder works.
Firmly committed to conservation, Delaware has several wildlife haunts. Bird watchers may want to observe the many species of birds in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge at Smyrna and the great cypress swamp at Trap Pond State Park in southern Delaware. In its 12 state parks, Delaware offers camping and outdoor activities. Saltwater fishing is popular in inland bays and along the coast.
Delightful walking tours will acquaint visitors with architectural, historic, and cultural landmarks of cities and towns rich in early American history. There are special events every month. Visitors are invited to all of them?Old Dover Days, Delaware Kite Festival, A Day in Old New Castle, Delaware State Fair, and Christmas in Odessa.