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Between its riverfront location, fascinating museums, and downtown shops, restaurants, and breweries, Wilmington, DE, is the place to be in the summertime. Check out the top five things to do in Wilmington, DE, this summer below…zoo with son

Visit the Brandywine Zoo

Summer is the perfect season to venture to Wilmington’s own Brandywine Zoo, a zoo built on historic grounds along the Brandywine River.

With exotic, native, and endangered species to check out, kids and adults alike can learn something new here. Marvel at the vibrant colors of the Red-billed Toucan, see the innerworkings of an active honeycomb where Italian Honey Bees are hard at work, or watch North American River Otters go for a dip.

Check Out the Hagley Museum & Library

A 200+ acre plot which once housed a 19th century gunpowder works, Hagley Museum & Library is an expansive living history site that’s so much more than its name may imply.

Hagley provides visitors the rare opportunity to take a stroll back in time while venturing the original grounds and gardens of E. I. du Pont, historic mills, and more. The library center’s featured collections document the evolution of business and technology, a fitting subject to explore in a deeply historical setting.

Try New Brews at Liquid Alchemy Beverages

Wilmington area imbibers looking for a fun summer activity won’t want to miss booking a tour and taste at Liquid Alchemy Beverages, a unique brew shop making an array of cool-down beverages that are rich in both flavor and tradition.

Liquid Alchemy specializes in small-batch mead production, a natural beverage made from honey, fruit, and water that may date back as many as 40,000 years! Fun flavors on tap include a mead made from fresh Bing cherries and Peruvian cacao nibs, as well as a delightfully hoppy wine that’ll fool the senses.

Cruise the Wilmington Riverfront

The Wilmington Riverfront offers a whole host of affordable, fun-for-everyone activities throughout the summer that you won’t want to miss. Here are just a few:dancing people

  • Thursday nights all summer long, hop on a water taxi with the whole crew for family karaoke! Family Nights on the River are just $16 for a group of four and include a 10% off coupon to use at Riverwalk Mini Golf’s snack shack.
  • Sunday Brunch Cruises include a full-course brunch buffet on the docks, followed by a 2-hour cruise on the stunning Christina River.
  • August 4th through 6th, camp out on the lawn at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park for the 20th Annual Riverfront Blues Festival, featuring a legendary lineup of local blues artists.

Explore Winterthur Museum

Although Winterthur is renowned for its annual Yuletide showcase during the holidays, there’s plenty to do in the summertime, too! Outdoors at Winterthur, Henry Francis du Pont’s sprawling yet polished landscapes that traverse lush and colorful gardens, reflection pools, and more is the ideal escape to nature.

Lay a blanket down for a picnic on Sycamore Hill, where you can see down to the Bristol Summerhouse and enjoy a gentle breeze. Children will love wandering through the Enchanted Woods, a 3-acre garden plot built especially for kids.

Summer is finally here, and these awesome local activities will help you get the most out of the season. Enjoy and check out more Delaware happenings here!