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White Clay Creek State Park, (bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports, fishing, hunting, Nature Center). 425 Wedgewood Rd. 302-368-6900
Fox Point State Park, (river viewing, walking, biking, kite flying, picnicking). Just off I-495 on 800 Carr Rd. (302) 761-6963
The du Pont Home and Gardens, (historic home tours, gardens, museums). Hagley Museum: in Wilmington, take Rte. 52 north to Rte. 100 north, then to Rte. 141 north. 302-658-2400.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens: in Wilmington, take Rte. 202 north, then turn left onto Rockland Rd. 302-651-6912
Brandywine Creek State Park, (canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing). From Wilmington or I-95, take Rte. 52 to Rte. 100. From the north (Pennsylvania), take Rte. 100 south. 302-577-3534 or 302-655-5740
Lums Pond State Park, (camping, swimming, fishing, boating, bird watching, wildlife watching, hiking, sports courts). Watch for beaver and waterfowl in the state's largest freshwater pond. Off Rte. 71 at 1068 Howell School Rd. 302-368-6989
Pea Patch Island,
Fort Delaware State Park, (historic reenactments, guided tours, bird watching, trail walking). Take the 10-minute ferry from Delaware City (in Battery Park, end of Clinton Rd.) 302-834-7941
Fort du Pont State Park, (walking tours, tennis, basketball, baseball, fishing, river viewing). Northern end of Reedy Point Bridge on Rte. 9. 302-834-7941
Killens Pond State Park, (camping, biking, hiking, volleyball, boating, fishing, water park). From Dover, take Hwy. 13 south to Felton. 302-284-4526
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, (bird watching, hiking, auto-tour). From Dover, take Rte. 13 north to Rte. 42 east (Fast Landing Rd.). Turn onto Rte. 9 north to Whitehall Neck Rd. or Rte. 82 (about two miles). Best bird watching is in fall and spring.
Port Penn Interpretive Center, (self-guided tours of historic buildings, an 1886 schoolhouse, and folklife museum. Bird watching near the marsh). Intersection of Rte. 9 and Rd. 2. 302-836-2533
Historic Houses of Odessa (Tour Victorian-era homes). Begin at the Brick Hotel, corner of Main and 2nd Streets (March - December only). 302-378-4069
Cape Henlopen State Park,(whale watching, biking, swimming, beach combing, fishing, picnicking). One side of the park faces the Atlantic, the other faces Delaware Bay. From Lewes, take Hwy 9 east, about 1 mile. 302-645-8983
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge,(bird watching, hiking, canoeing, boating). From Lewes, take Rte. 16 north, about 10 miles. 302-684-8419
Cape May-Lewes Ferry, (ferry ride between Delaware and New Jersey. Some cars allowed). The terminal is next to the Cape Henlopen State Park entrance. Take Hwy 9 east, about 1 mile. 302-644-6030
Rehoboth Beach (beach sports, swimming, biking, kite flying, beach combing). From the north, take Rte. 113 and 13 to Rte. 1, then take Rte. 1A east to the beach. From the west, take Rte. 50 to Rte 404 east. Follow Rte 9 east to Rte 1 south, then to Rte. 1A. 800-441-1329 (visitor information). Also consider Dewey beach (south on Rte. 1A).
Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach (swimming, fishing, beach sports, military history, camping). South of Rehoboth and Dewey beaches, on Rte. A1. 302-227-2800
Fenwick Island State Park, (boating, fishing, beach combing, water sports). From Fenwick Island, follow Rte. 1 north. From Bethany Beach, take Rte. 1 south. 302-539-9060
Trap Pond State Park, (wildlife and wildflower viewing, hiking, bird watching, fishing, boat tours). 33587 Baldcypress Ln. 302-875-5153