As many social drinkers participate in Dry January to start off the new year, it can be a challenge to change up the routine. If you’re used to hitting the bars or a local brewery for happy hour after work, you may be looking for a new place to hang out this month. While plenty of bars offer mocktails, and you can always hit your favorite brewpub for a no-drinks lunch or dinner, some would rather avoid the temptation altogether.
Here are a few ways to spend a weekend, afternoon or evening around Delaware—no drinks necessary!
Check out a Local Cafe
If you want the experience of sipping on a creative drink, local coffee shops are the perfect substitute for the bar. Delaware is home to many creative coffee houses that offer so much more than just coffee. kaffé KARMA‘s menu is filled with unique options like the blue matcha latte, a turmeric latte and plenty of loose-leaf tea varieties. Scout Cafe offers a coffee flight for the perfect Dry January tasting experience. Cafeneo in Newark does a traditional Greek coffee in hot sand.
See a Show
Local venues across Delaware provide plenty of Dry January entertainment. The Queen in Wilmington is hosting a Drag Brunch, an indie rock band and more this January. The Grand’s lineup includes a tribute to Whitney Houston and an acrobatics show. Down south, Clear Space Theatre Company presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from January 19 to February 4.
The Queen | 500 North Market Street, Wilmington
The Grand Opera House | 818 North Market Street, Wilmington
Clear Space Theatre Company | 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
Dine and Play
Wilma’s offers great entertainment during Dry January. Grab a group of friends and go duckpin bowling! Plus, with menu items like upscale burgers, Cajun nachos, crab cakes and more, it’s a one-stop shop for entertainment and a meal. Similarly, Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes provides activities like private karaoke rooms, bowling, axe throwing and a full arcade. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, pizza and more.
Wilma’s | 900 North Market Street, Wilmington
Lefty’s Alley & Eats | 36450 Plaza Boulevard, Lewes
Dive Into the World of Tabletop Gaming
If you’re curious about fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons or just want to find unique board or card games, The Days of Knights in Newark is a great place to start. With nights dedicated to board-game playing, Magic: The Gathering card nights and a diverse stock of card games, board games, tabletop game supplies, puzzles and more, you’re sure to find something to do. Host a game night with your friends and enjoy learning a new game or playing old favorites this Dry January.
The Days of Knights | 173 East Main Street, Newark
See an Art Exhibit
January is a great month for Delaware’s art museums. At the Delaware Art Museum, The Rossettis exhibition is a must-see that runs through January 28. At the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, The Wyeths: Three Generations displays the works of the first family of American art—patriarch N.C. Wyeth and his son Andrew, daughter Henriette and grandson Jamie.
Delaware Art Museum | 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington
Biggs Museum of Modern Art | 406 Federal Street, Dover
Take a Hike
The great thing about mild winter weather is you can take advantage of all the great fall hiking throughout the frosty season as well. Delaware’s state parks like White Clay Creek, Cape Henlopen and Brandywine Creek offer plenty of views to enjoy. Getting out and active is a great way to further take advantage of the health benefits of Dry January. Cutting back on drinking and boosting your exercise and time outdoors is sure to create the perfect start to 2024.
Delaware State Parks
Go to the Zoo
From December 1 to March 15, the Brandywine Zoo is free! While there’s limited visibility for certain animals, there’s still plenty to see. Take a stroll and enjoy learning about different species from places like Asia, Madagascar and South America.
Brandywine Zoo | 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington
Go on a Seal-Watching Tour
Cape Water Tours are a great way to enjoy the Delaware Bay during the off-season. We have visitors from the north that can be safely and respectfully observed up-close on a seal-watching tour. Register for a 10 a.m. or noon tour departing from Lewes. Tickets are $30. Binoculars and all types of camera are encouraged to capture the moment!
Cape Water Tours and Taxi | 213 Angler Road, Lewes