What to Do in Milton: A Day Trip Guide to the Home of Dogfish Head

Milton is a charming town just inland of the Delaware Bay. Here's how to spend 24 hours in the hometown of Dogfish Head Brewery.

Milton is a charming Delaware town at the head of the Broadkill River. It’s home to a historic theater, riverside park, downtown shopping and, perhaps most notably, Dogfish Head Brewery’s production facility and tasting room. The headquarters of Dogfish Head bring in plenty of tourism, but there’s even more to enjoy in this Delaware town.

Here’s how to spend a full 24-hour day in Milton.

8:30 a.m. – Start your day with breakfast and coffee at Zava Cafe

Zava Cafe is a must for healthy breakfast and lunch options that also taste great. The banana flambe pancakes are gluten-free and topped with wild berries, caramelized bananas and powdered sugar. On the savory side, enjoy breakfast sandwiches, a vegan breakfast burrito, blue crab Benedict and much more.

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The menu is complemented by a variety of delicious coffee, tea, matcha and smoothies.

102 Federal Street, Milton


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11 a.m. – Stroll through downtown and visit some shops

The historic charm of downtown Milton makes it a great place to stroll and sight-see. Stop into local shops and browse. If you’re into antique treasure hunting, The Mercantile at Milton is an ideal stop. Ogre’s Grove is a paradise for lovers of comics and collectibles. Check out local art at the Milton Arts Guild gallery.

1 p.m. – Enjoy lunch and a beer at Dogfish Head Brewery

It’s not a trip to Milton without a visit to Dogfish Head! This location features plenty of lunch fare like pizza, sandwiches and salads. Plus, grab those unique Dogfish Head brews right from the source.

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6 Cannery Village Center, Milton

2 p.m. – Take the Off-Centered Tour to learn about brewing

Book an Off-Centered Tour to learn about everything that has made Dogfish the iconic brewing powerhouse it is today. The tour features stops at the 200-barrel brewhouse, the rack house to learn about the distilling process, the Steampunk Treehouse and more. Plus, walk away with a specialty tour-exclusive logo glass.

6 Cannery Village Center, Milton


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4 p.m. – Indulge in a sweet treat and stroll through the park

King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop has been around since 1972 and operates out of the oldest commercial building in Sussex County. It’s safe to assume the roadside shop has perfected the recipe for the perfect scoop. Stroll through Milton Memorial Park and enjoy riverside views.

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302 Union Street, Milton

5:30 p.m. – Grab dinner with a view at Tequila Real

The water views continue at this Mexican restaurant with specialty margaritas and a spacious deck for outdoor dining. The outdoor seating area faces the Wagamons Pond across the street for a great al fresco atmosphere.

122 Mulberry Street, Milton

7:30 p.m. – Catch a show at the Milton Theatre

The Milton Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment like live bands, tribute acts, film festivals, musicals and more. Starting mid-July, catch a performance of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Visiting Milton in the fall? Plan the trip around seeing¬†Heathers: The Musical,¬†a can’t-miss show based on the ’80s cult classic, at the Milton Theatre from October 3-13.

110 Union Street, Milton


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9:30 p.m. – Stop by Irish Eyes for a nightcap

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant is a great stop for a post-show nightcap. The classic Irish pub atmosphere and indoor and outdoor seating options make this a perfect place to close out the evening. If you need a quick bite, the Reuben egg rolls make for a comforting late-night snack.

105 Union Street, Milton

11 p.m. – Turn in for the night at The Charleston of Milton Inn

This Southern-inspired inn offers stunning views, cozy accommodations and a convenient location just blocks from the Milton Theatre. Book a suite through Vrbo or Airbnb.

111 Tilney Street, Milton

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