Here Are the Best Fun & Leisure Activities Throughout Delaware – Delaware Today

Art Gallery/Exhibitions

Upstate, Readers: Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington; 571-9590; delart.org

Downstate, Readers: Sean Kelley Art & Friends
42 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 703-966-6520; seankelleyart.com

Bed and Breakfast

Upstate, Readers: The Inn at Montchanin
528 Montchanin Rd., Wilmington; 888-2133; montchanin.com

Downstate, Readers: Canalside Inn
34 6th St., Rehoboth Beach; 226-2006; thecanalsideinn.com

Camping

Editors: Trap Pond State Park
The main attraction? The giant baldcypress trees, visible from shore but even more spectacular up-close in a kayak. You’ll find 142 campsites here, most of which offer water and recreational hookups, but our coveted spot is one of the cabins beneath a canopy of trees— complete with comfy-ish bunks, an outdoor picnic area and a cozy fire pit. There are also two yurts that boast more of the comforts of home, plus a direct view of the water. 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel; 875-5153; destateparks.com

Trap Pond State Park offers a wonderland of exploration and comfortable camping accommodations./Photo by Abby Shepard

Community Theater

Upstate, Readers: Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington; 764-3396; wilmingtondramaleague.org

Downstate, Readers: Clear Space Theater
20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-2270; clearspacetheatre.org

Creative Workshops

Editors: Mt. Cuba Center

From flower photography to the art of planting perennials, Mt. Cuba Center offers single-session workshops and certificate programs for an array of interests. Taking root more than 80 years ago, this lush botanical garden, transformed from farmland, features a wealth of the region’s most stunning native plants. Driven by a mission to inspire an appreciation for the value and beauty of indigenous plants, Mt. Cuba Center is a place of education and purpose. 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin; 239-4244; mtcubacenter.org

Dog Park

Editors: Rockford Park

If your kids have four legs and fur, Rockford Park offers the perfect spot for playdates off the leash. North Wilmington’s historic park is a skip away from downtown, and features both sprawling meadows and woodlands that are ideal for shaded strolls or fetching a ball. Looking to mingle with other pups? Happy hour is when this grassy knoll is hopping.

For humans with furry, four-legged children, Rockford Park offers a fun place to “play date” with friends./Adobe Stock/otsphoto

Fitness Classes

Editors: Hockessin Athletic Club

HAC is any fitness enthusiast’s dream. Find five pools (including an outdoor pool, a lap pool and a pool for kiddos, complete with a super fun slide), personal trainers for all skill levels, and more than 175 classes offered per week (martial arts, hot yoga and aqua fitness, to name a few), and discover the very best workout for you. Afterward, hit the recovery realm, featuring HydroMassage chairs to ease sore muscles. 100 Fitness Way, Hockessin; 239-6688; hachealthclub.com

Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods beckons both kids and grown-ups who are young at heart./Photo by Lexi Banker

Gardens

Editors: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

While grown-ups marvel at Winterthur’s magnificent gardens, youngsters enjoy the magic of the Enchanted Woods, a 3-acre wonderland where imaginations (and little legs) run wild. From the Faerie Cottage to a giant bird’s nest, it’s a place where the young—and young at heart—will love exploring. 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur; 888-4600; winterthur.org

Golf Course (Private)

Editors: White Clay Creek Country Club

White Clay Creek Country Club’s 18-hole course was created by renowned golf course designer Arthur Hills—whose work includes the LPGA International Legends in Daytona Beach, Florida—so it should come as no surprise that the par-72 course is both aesthetically spectacular and just the right level of challenging. Enjoy a round with friends or perfect your game with one of the club’s pros. 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington; 994-6700; whiteclaycreek.com

Golf Course (Public)

Upstate, Readers: Deerfield
507 Thompson Station Rd., Newark; 368-6640; deerfieldgolfclub.com

Downstate, Readers: Baywood Greens
32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck; 947-9800; baywoodgreens.com

Hiking

Upstate, Readers: White Clay Creek State Park
750 Thompson Station Rd., Newark; 368-6900; destateparks.com/WhiteClayCreek

Downstate, Readers: Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes; 645-8983; destateparks.com/Beaches/CapeHenlopen

Hotel

Upstate, Readers: Hotel Du Pont
42 W. 11th St., Wilmington; 594-3100; hoteldupont.com

Downstate, Readers: Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
1301 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach; 864-9100; hyatt.com

Local Music Artist

Upstate, Readers: The Honey Badgers
Newark; honeybadgerfolk.com

Downstate, Readers: Bryan Scar
Harbeson; bryanscarmusic.com

Massage

Editors: Zen Spa

Melt away stress and pain with a 30-, 60- or 90-minute massage. Choose from traditional Swedish deep tissue or hot stones, or a specialty treatment like the Good Karma, which harnesses the power of CBD to reduce inflammation and acute pain, or the Bamboo Massage, which addresses overall well-being. 38857 Bennett Ave., West Fenwick; 988-1750; zenspafenwick.com

At Mt. Cuba Center, find a host of expert-led creative workshops, from garden photography to printing silks./Photo by Ashley Breeding

Place to Experience Nature

Upstate, Readers: Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin; 239-4244; mtcubacenter.org

Downstate, Readers: Delaware Botanic Garden
30220 Piney Neck Rd., Dagsboro; 321-9061; delawaregardens.org

Place to Return for Live Music!

Editors: Tie: Rusty Rudder and Freeman Arts Pavilion

Even before Memorial Day, the Rusty Rudder was open seven days a week and hosting three acts a day on the bayside deck. (Headliners typically appear Thursday through Saturday.) This year, the Rudder received a colorful makeover with brightly painted stools and new deck tables and chairs. Disappearing glass walls and windows bring the outside into the space. The Freeman Stage already changed its name to the Freeman Arts Pavilion, but the second act will be the real showstopper: a $27 million expanded venue that will make the stage a prime arts destination in the mid-Atlantic. 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach; 277-3888; rustyrudderdewey.com .

Private Social Club

Editors: DuPont Country Club

In the wake of a major makeover, this century-old club has re-established itself as a pre-eminent social club. Situated on 525 acres, DCC offers tennis, golf (play any course in the world with high-tech Trackman technology ranges), and a brand-new swimming pool and fitness center, plus a beautiful clubhouse for catching up with friends. Linger into the evening for cocktails and stunning sunset views over the expansive grounds. The best part? The new-age country club comes with a super old-school price tag—so you don’t have to be a millionaire to join. 1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington; 654-4435; dupontcountryclub.com

River Tubing

Editors: Brandywine River

Just downstream of Smith Bridge, where the creek and river meet, a tiny beach beckons tubers to anchor down and stay a while. The Delaware State Park site is dotted with barbecue pits, where in summertime the air is always filled with woodsmoke and the aroma of grilled burgers, as well as festive music booming from the frequent multicultural parties at the beach. It’s also a perfect spot for little ones, who can wade in the shallow water, collect rocks and make new friends. destateparks.com

hugged by the Atlantic Ocean, the Rehoboth Bay and the Indian River Bay, the Indian River Inlet is a favorite spot among experienced surfers for the high swells it produces, thanks to the rock jetties at the north and south sides./Photo by Jon Lloyd Jr.

Sailing

Editors: Rehoboth Bay

With moderate depths, robust sea breezes and gentle currents, Rehoboth Bay, just south of Dewey Beach, is a top—and safe—spot for consistent, small-craft sailing action. Stop by the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association (38767 Rehoboth Bay Sailing Assoc. Lane, Dewey Beach, 227-9008, www.rbsa.org) to rent a craft (and some lessons) or launch your own and catch some wind in the 3-mile-wide bay.

Skateboarding

Editors: 7th St. Skatepark

On a quiet peninsula where the Brandywine meets the Christina, DIY skaters carved out a small slice of gnarly heaven. 7th St. Skatepark (1180 E. 7th St., Wilmington) features a smooth surface for picking up steam to attempt one of the graffiti-covered quarter-pipes, the A-frame rail, a big bank-to-ledge or clamshell dip. The former forgotten parking lot is a secluded and spacious spot for beginners or expert grinders alike.

Skimboarding

Editors: Dewey Beach

To devotees of the sport, Dewey Beach is the skimboarding mecca of the East Coast. With soft sand and small linear waves that break right along the beach, Dewey is our little go-to destination that attracts skimboarders from around the globe. The town has even hosted the Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding with hundreds of sandy spectators. Experts prefer the less-crowded northern stretch of beach, where the small jetty that separates Dewey from Rehoboth provides excellent waves, especially during high tide.

Spa Experience

Editors: Currie Hair, Skin & Nails (at Hotel DuPont)

The salon’s fifth and latest location, which opened earlier this year in the historic Hotel DuPont, partners with L’Oréal Paris to offer a fully immersive experience from the moment guests step inside. Begin with a cup of herbal tea alongside the living wall, then relax into one of several spa treatments, including a deep-tissue massage, hydrating facial and infrared sauna—said to soothe everything from stress to tired skin. Even a color and cut gets a boost when you add on an aromatherapy steam—15 minutes of pure bliss as essential oils repair your scalp and your mood. 111 W. 10th St., Wilmington; 442-6568; curriedayspa.com

Stage Performances

Editors: The Grand and The Playhouse on Rodney Square

We’ve all missed a night at the theater, but thankfully, Wilmington’s arts scene is coming back stronger than ever. The Grand experience, encompassing Copeland Hall, The Baby Grand and The Playhouse, has created a way for guests to watch a variety of programming safely. Shows include children’s theater, drive-in movies, comedy and more. 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 888-0200; thegrandwilmington.org

The Color Purple is one of several spectacular performances at The Grand in downtown Wilmington./Photo courtesy of The Grand

Surfing

Editors: Indian River Inlet

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, the Indian River Inlet produces some of the toughest waves Delaware has to offer. The rock jetties on both the north and south side of the inlet help create the ideal surfing conditions by amplifying the 4-foot swells and sending them crashing with intensity.

Walking Trails

Editors: Rockwood Park and Museum

Need a new spot to reset and rewind? Stroll more than 2 miles of lit walking trails that wind through this 72-acre park. (For longer treks, continue through the Delaware Greenway System). Marvel at the rural gothic architecture of the mansion that Joseph Shipley built in the 1880s, a Quaker merchant banker. Seek shade under the canopies of trees and inhale the aromas of numerous flowering shrubs and plants. Don’t you feel calmer already?4651 Washington St. Ext., Wilmington; 761-4340; nccde.org/431/Rockwood-Park-Museum