Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Delaware

The province of Delaware might be little – just Rhode Island is littler – yet it packs a great deal into a little space. Notable homes date from the mid-1600s, and three bequests that you can visit annal the rising fortunes of one of America’s wealthiest industrialist families. One of these, Winterthur, is now America’s premier museum of decorative arts, and another outstanding collection is not far away, in Wilmington’s excellent Delaware Art Museum.

Winterthur Museum and Gardens

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is unusual as a museum because it was built as a showcase for his collections of priceless antiques and art but also as a place to use and to entertain family and friends.

Rehobeth and Delaware Beaches

Stretching much of the length of Delaware’s 28 miles of Atlantic coastline, its white-sand beaches are the prime attraction for residents of the three major cities within weekend reach.

Hagley Museum and Library

The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington encompasses the site of the original du Pont gunpowder mills, as well as an estate and gardens. The first du Pont family home, Eleutherian Mills, built by E. I. du Pont in 1803, sits overlooking the restored French-style garden also created by E. I. du Pont. Five generations of du Ponts lived in the Georgian-style home, and their family business grew around them.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Built in the early 1900s, Nemours Mansion in Wilmington was a gift from Alfred du Pont to his wife Alicia. This beautiful 77-room home is complemented by equally impressive gardens, the largest formal French gardens in North America.

Delaware Art Museum

Located in Wilmington, the Delaware Art Museum’s collection focuses on American Art of the 19th through the 21st centuries and English Pre-Raphaelite art of the mid-19th century.