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Brandywine Creek at the Brandywine ©Djmaschek

Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, but its narrow borders hold significant diversity. During the American Civil War, the citizens of Delaware were split in their loyalties, and even today, the state seems to have two distinct identities, one taking its cue from the industrious North, the other following the relaxed pace of the South.

In northern Delaware, the rolling, wooded hills of the Brandywine Valley provide a captivating backdrop to the state's colonial history, refined elegance and industrial prominence. It was here that the du Pont family built its empire, harnessing the river for gunpowder mills in 1802. But the du Pont legacy includes a commitment to the community as well. It lives on today in the mansions, gardens, museums, libraries and parks established by the family over the years and now open for visitors to enjoy. Wilmington is Delaware's largest city, which grew along with the du Ponts' fortunes. Wilmington, and nearby upmarket towns like Hockessin and Greenville, offer smart shops and boutiques, trendy nightspots, historic pubs and excellent restaurants (Mediterranean cuisine is a specialty, due to the city's large Italian community). Most residents of Wilmington and its surrounding areas identify with their northern neighbours. It is not unusual to hear them describe themselves as living not in Delaware but 'just south of Philadelphia'.

Central and southern Delaware, on the other hand, have a decidedly different flavour. Small towns are surrounded by farmland. Charming bed and breakfasts take the place of grand hotels. In Dover, the quiet state capital, visitors might see Amish buggies travelling alongside regular traffic. A strong connection with the environment is apparent, as outdoorsmen revel in waterfowl hunting and fishermen take advantage of the many inlets and tidal marshes that crisscross the region. The sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean are popular destinations and cater to all tastes, from sleepy Bethany Beach with its large family homes, to livelier Rehoboth with its boardwalk and outlet shopping malls. Speaking of shopping, Delaware is sales-tax free, making it an exciting destination for bargain hunters.

Climate Info

Delaware has a humid, temperate climate, with hot and humid summers and cold winters. Summer months are also the wettest, with August receiving the most rainfall. Winters are dry, but cold, and snow is likely. Average summer temperature highs are 86°F (30°C), while winter lows average 23°F (-5°C) in January, making the temperature range quite large in the state. The southern part of Delaware is generally milder than the north.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

LocationPhiladelphia is the closest major airport, located about 25 minutes from Wilmington.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 215 937 6937.

Transfer terminals

Travelators are available to help passengers move between terminals.

Getting to city

The Delaware Express offers a shuttle service from the airport to various locations in Delaware. The SEPTA rail service from Terminals A-East, B, C, D and E connects to Delaware and also connects to Philadelphia's 30th Street Amtrak station; Amtrak services Delaware. Taxis are available from Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

Car Rental

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National are represented at the airport. Information phones are available at all baggage claim areas for each of the car rental agencies.

Airport Facilities

Facilities at the airport include restaurants, bars, shops, a massage service, 15 ATMs, postal service, wireless internet and a shoe shine service.

Car Parking

Garage parking is available with access to Terminals A through F. Short-term parking offers access to these terminals as well as baggage claim. The long-term economy lot is located past Terminal F. Shuttle service is provided back to the terminals 24 hours a day.

Depature TaxNone.

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Featuring some fantastic exhibits, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is a great attraction for visitors of all ages and persuasions. The dinosaur gallery is a favourite with most visitors, with skeletons of Tuojiangosaurus and Yangchuanosaurus towering over awe-inspired visitors. Vi
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Delaware Museum of Natural History ©Jim Capaldi

Delaware Art Museum

Holding a collection of more than 12,000 works, the Delaware Art Museum was founded in 1912 by the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts in honour of the artist Howard Pyle, whose painting 'Battle of Bunker Hill' was in the museum's possession until it went missing and was presumed stolen in 2
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Delaware Art Museum ©Jeffrey

The Delaware Contemporary

The state's only contemporary art museum, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (now usually just called the Delaware Contemporary), features displays of local and regional artists in its seven galleries. It also features about 26 artists' studios, a gift shop, a high-tech audito
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Andrea Stanislav, 'The Vanishing Points' ©Jenni C

Hagley Museum and Library

The Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves and interprets the history of American enterprise and is a non-profit educational institution. With a range of exhibitions, some changing on an annual basis, there is so much to learn at the Hagley Museum. Visitors can experience 19th-cen
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Hagley Museum and Library

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