Best Delaware Attraction (2017)


Delaware, the nation's second smallest state, is too often overlooked by visitors to the region, who often have their sights set on the nation's capital. But The First State – Delaware's founding fathers were the first to sign the Constitution – has plenty to offer, from ocean beaches, rolling mountains and the Chesapeake Bay to colonial villages, a wealth of historic attractions and tax-free shopping.

  • Air Mobility Command Museum

    Air Mobility Command Museum

    Dedicated to military airlift and air refueling history, Dover's Air Mobility Command Museum houses more than 30 aircraft of varying sizes, as well as exhibits on the humanitarian and war efforts of the U.S. military.
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  • Hagley Museum and Library

    Hagley Museum and Library

    Situated on 235 acres of the Brandywine near Wilmington, the Hagley Museum and Library occupies the site of a former gunpowder works dating back to 1802. Visitors take a step back in time to early industrial America to see restored mills, a workers' community and the ancestral home of E.I. du Pont and his family.
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  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

    Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

    In 1951, Henry Francis du Pont opened Winterthur, his childhood home, as the Winterthur Museum. Today, the 175-room house looks much as it did when the family lived there, showcasing objects made or used in the U.S. between 1640 and 1860. 
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  • Abbott's Mill Nature Center

    Abbott's Mill Nature Center

    The Abbott's Mill Nature Center, situated on the grounds of one of Delaware's last remaining water mills, comprises 313 acres of largely undeveloped land with nature trails, visitors center and a wildlife habitat demonstration garden.
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  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens

    Nemours Mansion and Gardens

    Nemours Mansion was the home of American industrialist Alfred I. duPont. The 77-room estate is also home of the largest formal French gardens in North America, as well as a collection of vintage cars and some 200 acres of woodlands, lawns and meadows.
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  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

    Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

    Hugging the Delaware Atlantic coastline, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining tidal salt marsh habitats in the region. The refuge also offers wildlife a variety of habitats including freshwater ponds and uplands. During the summer months, it is a mecca for wading birds such as herons, egrets and glossy ibises. Year-round, white-tailed deer, beavers, muskrat, red fox, river otters, woodchucks and opossums call it home.
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  • Historic New Castle

    Historic New Castle
    New Castle

    Historic New Castle, one of Delaware's best-restored historic towns, features colonial houses lined up along cobblestone streets, where visitors can stroll, shop and eat along the Delaware River.
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  • Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk

    Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk
    Rehoboth Beach

    The mile-long boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach ranks among the city's top attractions. Summer concerts in the bandstand set the mood for waterfront strolls past colorful shops selling kites, saltwater taffy, ice cream cones and beach gear.
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  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Beer lovers in Delaware are treated to one of the nation's top craft brewery experiences – a tour of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. The tour takes visitors through cold storage, the grain handling room, distillery, aging room and the Steampunk Treehouse.
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  • White Clay Creek State Park

    White Clay Creek State Park

    A relaxing oasis in New Castle County, White Clay Creek State Park is known for its 37 miles of scenic hiking trails that wind through lush greenery past sparkling streams to scenic lookouts and rocky outcrops. 
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We asked a panel of Delaware travel writers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. The results are in!

The top 10 winners in the category Best Delaware Attraction are as follows:

  1. Air Mobility Command Museum - Dover
  2. Hagley Museum and Library - Wilmington
  3. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library - Winterthur
  4. Abbott's Mill Nature Center - Milford
  5. Nemours Mansion and Gardens - Wilmington
  6. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Smyrna
  7. Historic New Castle - New Castle
  8. Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk - Rehoboth Beach
  9. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton
  10. White Clay Creek State Park - Newark

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Judy Colbert  and Theresa Gawlas Medoff were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Delaware.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions.

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