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Delaware Tent Camping Trip
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The state of Delaware might be small in size, but it’s big on providing visitors with a full spectrum of old-fashioned fun with some relaxing Delaware tent camping. If sedate scenes like historic tall ships, operas, cobblestone streets, vintage trains, and ferryboats pique your interest, Delaware is prepared to please you. And if rousing Broadway tunes, bustling beachfront boardwalks, and rollicking amusement parks are more your speed, Delaware has what it takes to delight you, too.
Streaming into Delaware from Maryland on Hwy. 40, Wilmington, founded in 1638, is your first major stop in the northern part of the state. The city’s colonial-style Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard is home port of Delaware’s like-named Tall Ship ambassador–the Kalmar Nyckel. The original boat was built and launched at today’s shipyard site. These days the replica is available for tours, commemorating the vessel that carried the first wave of adventurous European settlers into Delaware Valley more than three centuries ago. Early boat-building methods and colonial occupations such as blacksmithing are demonstrated at the shipyard.
If a night at the opera is your cup of tea, add Opera Delaware to your “First State” itinerary. Founded in 1945, the company has provided greater Wilmington with an impressive 58 seasons of operatic entertainment. Should you prefer a Broadway beat performed by top-name musical celebrities, check out the Playhouse Theatre. Acknowledged as America’s oldest, continuously-running stage company, the Playhouse currently produces several professional Broadway shows each year.
Are you ready for an authentic antique train escape? The Wilmington & Western Railroad offers steam locomotive tours of the picturesque Red Clay Valley. Dinner rides and holiday excursions are part of the railway’s schedule if you’d like to try something extra special.
The city of New Castle, off Hwy. 40, has quaint cobblestone streets and a rich political heritage to its credit. The circa 1732 New Castle Court House hosted colonial representatives and early Delaware assemblymen. And the state’s eventual signers of the Declaration of Independence first convened at New Castle’s Court House. For today’s visitors, museum exhibits tell the detailed story of the courthouse’s memorable beginnings.
In 1683, William Penn plotted the original design for what would later become the state capital city of Dover. Included in the heart of the town, a market and meeting place for the inhabitants of Kent County, Dover Green, was eventually constructed in 1717. As time marched on, the momentous vote to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the ceremonial 1776 recitation of America’s Declaration of Independence both took place on here. Dover Green is still a popular place to visit today, featuring Delaware’s Old State House and surrounded by a number of 18th-century residences.
Seaford is located in southern Delaware off Hwy. 13 on State Highway 20. The town’s claim to fame is Burton Brothers Hardware, established back in 1893, and still going strong today. The original tin ceilings, cash register, and main counter remain, as well as an old wringer-washer standing side-by-side with modern electrical appliances, tools, and painting supplies. Although the store’s present-day stock reflects the passage of time, one thing that hasn’t changed at Burton Brothers is a steadfast policy that the customer always comes first.
For another boost of nostalgia, drive on over to Woodland (just southwest of Seaford) for a visit to the Days Gone By Museum. You’ll see antique versions of carpenter’s tools and tractors and learn about the 1793 Woodland Ferry that still carries folks across the Nanticoke River today.
Lewes is the home port of yet another commuter boat, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Cars, RV’s, and pedestrians are all permitted on the vessel, which first started transporting passengers and vehicles across Delaware Bay between Lewes and Cape May, New Jersey in 1964. The pleasant 80-minute, one-way cruise covers 17 miles on scenic Delaware Bay. Tall Pines is one of the great Delaware tent campgrounds to check out in the area.
Take State Highway 1A to Rehoboth Beach for more adventure. Funland is a family-owned amusement park that’s been entertaining summer patrons here since 1962. It’s conveniently located on the boardwalk in the center of all the Rehoboth Beach action. Each ride is reasonably priced on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, meaning old-timey amusements like bumper cars, “Gravitron” and “Sea Dragon” rides are affordable, even for thrifty families. In addition to 18 popular rides, Funland has a shooting gallery, arcade, and a baker’s dozen of midway games. If Funland doesn’t tickle your nostalgia bone, maybe nothing can. Check out Delaware Seashore SP for a great Delaware tent camping location.
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