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If you’re looking for the best businesses providing fun and leisure in Delaware, check out this list selected by Delaware Today’s readers.

FUN & LEISURE

Annual Festival

Downstate, Readers: Seawitch Festival

Rehoboth; 227-2233; beach-fun.com

Upstate, Readers: St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

901 N. DuPont St., Wilmington; 421-2790; stanthonysfestival.com

 

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Art Gallery Downstate, Readers: Sean Kelley Art & Friends

42 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth; 703-966-6520; seankelleyart.com

Upstate, Readers: Grand Galleries

818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 652-5577; thegrandwilmington.org

Bike Trail Downstate, Readers: Junction and Breakwater Trail

Gills Neck Road, Lewes; delawaregreenways.org

Upstate, Readers: Jack A. Markell Trail Wilmington Riverwalk;

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Charity Gala

Downstate, Readers: The Harry K. Foundation Christmas Ball

313 South Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach; 226-0675; harrykfoundation.org

Upstate, Readers: The Grand Gala

818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 652-5577; thegrandwilmington.org

Community Theater

Downstate, Readers: Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-2270; clearspacetheatre.org

Upstate, Readers: The Grand Opera House/Playhouse

Multiple locations, Wilmington; 652-5577; thegrandwilmington.org

 

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Dinner Theater

Editors: The Candlelight Theatre

This intimate, 150-seat venue doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. First known as the Harvey Barn, the theater transformed in the 1930s. Over the years it has been updated, including adding a larger stage, sound system upgrades and new restrooms. It offers five to six shows each year, including a returning production of

Fiddler on the Roof. 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown; 475-2313; candlelighttheatredelaware.org

Extended Hotel Stay

Editors: Hotel du Pont

Boasting luxurious accommodations along with a spa and top-notch dining (plus a swanky bar), the historic Hotel du Pont is within walking distance of downtown Wilmington’s popular sites and attractions. Booking a stay? You might want to add some time to your reservation.

42 W. 11th St., Wilmington; 594-3100; hoteldupont.com

Garden Tours

Get some culture—and exercise—with a tour of the Nemours Estate and Gardens. Moonloop Photography

Editors: Nemours Estate

After you’ve wandered the 200 acres of French-inspired gardens (exotic blooms, fountains, ornate statues—check, check, check), there’s still a 77-room mansion of equal magnificence to tour. Opt for one that’s docent-led and learn about the history of the home’s former duPont residents. Don’t skip the garage, where a fleet of still-running classic cars is | on display.

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington; 651-0912; nemoursestate.org

 

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Ghost Tours

Editors: Rockwood Park and Museum

As seen on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Rockwood Mansion offers quite the thrill for those interested in the paranormal. Guests have reported seeing the ghosts of former residents, and some have allegedly smelled the perfume one of them wore. On the Paranormal Tour, learn to use professional spirit-detecting equipment while investigating the space, top floor to bottom.

4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington; 395-5555; newcastlede.gov

Golf Course (Public)

Downstate, Readers: Baywood Greens

32267 Clubhouse Way, Millsboro; 947-9225; baywoodgreens.com

Upstate, Readers: Back Creek Golf Club

101 Back Creek Drive, Middletown; 378-6499; backcreekgc.com

Hiking Spot

Who needs Pebble Beach? Millsboro-area golfers have the beautiful Baywood Greens. Courtesy of Baywood Greens. 

Downstate, Readers: Trap Pond State Park

33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel; 875-5153; destateparks.com

Upstate, Readers: Brandywine Creek State Park

41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington; 577-3534; destateparks.com

Kayaking

Downstate, Readers: Trap Pond State Park

33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel; 875-5153; destateparks.com

Upstate, Readers: Lums Pond State Park

1068 Howell School Road, Bear; 368-6989; destateparks.com

Museum

Downstate, Readers: Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Highway, Lewes; 645-1148

Upstate, Readers: Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington; 571-9590; delart.org

Music Venue

Downstate, Readers: Freeman Arts Pavilion

31806 Lake View Drive, Selbyville; 436-3015; freemanarts.org

Upstate, Readers: The Grand Opera House/Playhouse

Multiple locations, Wilmington; 652-5577; thegrandwilmington.org

New Gardens

Editors: Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek

It began with a dream to add horticulture education and a public garden to Sussex. A small group of volunteers came together to plan and design the botanic garden.

Their dream was realized in 2019 when the first guests walked through the landscape, which features five main gardens, an observation deck and outdoor classroom.

30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro; 321-9061; delawaregardens.org

Night Spot

Downstate, Readers: The Starboard

2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach; 227-4600; thestarboard.com

Upstate, Readers: The Reef Seafood & Steak

2618 Carpenter Station Road, Wilmington; 529-1985; thereefde.com

Sports Venue

Downstate, Readers: DE Turf Complex

4000 Bay Road, Frederica; 330-8873; deturf.com

Upstate, Readers: Daniel S. Frawley Stadium

801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington; 777-5772; delawarestadiumcorp.com

Sports Venue

Editors: Chase Fieldhouse

Located on the perimeter of Wilmington, Chase Fieldhouse is a hub for athletic activity in northern Delaware. The 161,000-square-foot complex is home to the 76ers G League team—the Delaware Blue Coats—Titus Sports Academy and Nemours Sports Medicine. Three NBA-regulation basketball courts can convert into one large arena, and there is seating for 2,500. With three outdoor turf fields, the facility is a boon for youth and adult programs, clinics and tournaments. Not athletic? It’s also ideal for social events.

401 Garasches Lane, Wilmington; 351-5954; thechasefieldhouse.com

State Park

Downstate, Readers: Cape Henlopen

State Park 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes; 645-8983; destateparks.com

Upstate, Readers: Brandywine Creek State Park

41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington; 577-3534; destateparks.com

Skatepark

Editors: Epworth Skatepark

The concrete skatepark at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach was created to instill a sense of community among skaters in the area. On any given day, kids and adults alike can be seen rolling along the ramps and doing jumps on their skateboards.

19285 Holland Glad Road, Rehoboth Beach

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