Downtown Milford./Photo by Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones [CC0]
Don’t call it a comeback for Milford. The town, which is nestled on the border of Kent and Sussex counties, suffered a devastating fire in 2003 that destroyed much of its commercial corridor. But in the years following the blaze, revitalization efforts have breathed new life into the town. Today, Milford is one of the fastest growing locations in the state and it’s not difficult to see why. The scenic riverwalk and charming shops and attractions are reason enough to pay this Delaware town a visit.
Not every coffee shop bakes all of their bread and pastries fresh every day, so Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop really stands out. This sweet coffee nook located on Walnut Street is the perfect way to start a morning in Milford. Grab a coffee and bagel to go if you’re on the move, but why not sit, sip and enjoy the quaint atmosphere?
36 N. Walnut St., Milford • 422-5760
Downtown Milford is brimming with unique, independent shops and boutiques. Blooming Boutique, Fur Baby Boutique, Milford Antiques and Milford Gifts are a small business lover’s paradise. And just off Walnut on Front Street is Lifecycle, a mom-and-pop community bike shop and local gem.
207 S. Walnut St., Milford • 839-1180
Just off of Walnut Street is Milford’s Mispillion Riverwalk, a mile-long trail along the beautiful Mispillion River. The Riverwalk is the shining star of downtown Milford—the annual Riverwalk Freedom festival every September draws hundreds to this Delaware town. But on any day the Riverwalk is perfect for a walk, run or bike ride. The trail starts at Silver Lake, cuts through Walnut Street and ends at the Goat Island Nature Area. Be sure to take in the sites of beautiful boat sculptures, wildlife and nature landscapes along the way. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, stop by the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for fresh local produce and eats.
Arena’s Deli is a Delaware staple known for its standout sandwiches, but one can’t go wrong with anything on their extensive menu. Their appetizers and beer selection really shine, too. Be sure to grab an outdoor patio table on the river if you can.
200 N.E. Front St., Milford • 422-3354
Up for an adventure? Delaware River Adventures in downtown Milford offers full day or hourly kayak and boat rentals for leisurely sails or high speed fun along the Mispillion River. Sail down to Silver Lake for some fishing if that’s your thing, or just take a ride along the river and enjoy the scenery. If you’re up for it, take your kayak for a spin all the way to Slaughter Beach for a 16 mile round-trip extravaganza.
19 N.W. Front St., Milford • 422-2000
Whether you’re a Milford local or stopping by for a trip for the day, it’s worth learning about the town’s fascinating, and often surprising, history. The Milford museum offers free admission and features both permanent and rotating exhibits on the town’s history, as well as collections from around the state.
121 S. Walnut St., Milford • 424-1080
Downtown Milford boasts several stunning studios and galleries for visitors to peruse. Mispillion Art League, Gallery 37 and Angelucci Studios and Artists’ Gallery all showcase Milford’s growing arts and crafts scene. Take an art class at The Mispillion Arts League if creativity is your strong suit, or just peruse the pieces at any and all of these artistic havens.
Downtown Milford • 839-1180
This laid back brewery is located off the beaten path in an industrial park on the outskirts of town. Book in advance for a full tour of the facility, or just stop by the tasting room where glass walls allow you a glimpse of the brewing magic. This spot has beers to fit every taste: a pint will run you $5, or go for four samples for $8 if you’re indecisive (we don’t blame you). Mispillion has a food truck parked outside nearly every evening, so we recommend sticking around for dinner, too.
255 Mullet Run St., Milford • 491-6623
If possible, try to time your visit to catch a show at the Riverfront Theater: a non-profit, volunteer-based operation in the heart of Milford’s downtown. The Second Street Players put on both professional and children’s shows performances multiple nights a month during their 2019 season, and does frequent movie viewings as well. There’s no better way to close out your day in Milford than catching a show at this charming local spot.
2 S. Walnut St., Milford • 838-3006