Delaware Really is Full of Endless Discoveries

By Susan Monday, Delaware 1059 and 1150AM and 101-7FM WDEL

I just received in the mail the official state travel guide for Delaware, and it’s chock-full of “Endless Discoveries.” You, too, can get one, by going online to VisitDelaware.com. I often find it interesting that residents of a state don’t even know what’s in their own backyard. And, now, that it’s summer, I encourage you to explore.

I try to make it a point when I move to a new state to “discover” what the area has to offer. Since I like to be outdoors, I look for state parks and bicycling trails, and Delaware has plenty of them. I can’t say I’ve been to them all, but I’ve made quite a dent over the years. Where do I begin? A recent discovery is Trap Pond in Laurel, which has hiking trails and kayaking.

When I first moved to the area, I was looking for a place to decompress after I got off work and stumbled upon Killlens Pond. Nothing beats walking on the trail that goes around the pond on an autumn day. My “go-to” hiking/biking trail is the one at Cape Henlopen State Park that connects to the Junction-Breakwater Trail. The first part of the connector that will take the trail all the way to Georgetown has already been built. A smaller gem is Holts Landing in Millville, which I was introduced to when I took part in the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. Check out the summer concert schedule there.

Before moving to Sussex County, I lived close to quite a few state parks in New Castle County. I spent many hours bicycling and hiking in Brandywine Creek and Bellevue, both worth a day trip. And while I was in college at the University of Delaware, White Clay Creek was just right around the corner. And I don’t want to forget Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in close proximity to my favorite beach: Broadkill.
If you’re into history, Delaware is full of it. Learn the role Delaware played in World War II at Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park. Did you know there were secret installations built into the sand dunes to protect the coast from the Germans?

Remember records and record players? Well, now that they’re making a comeback, I suggest a trip to the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover. There you’ll see vintage phonographs and recordings from the beginning of the sound recording industry in the early 20th century. And while, you’re in Dover, check out the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Biggs Museum. If you like black and white photography and iconic scenes of places like Yosemite, you won’t want to miss this traveling exhibit.

Reserve a weekend to visit these must-see museums in New Castle County: Hagley, Winterthur, and the Nemours Mansion. Leave time to walk the grounds of these three special places in the history of Delaware. Breweries, distilleries, and vineyards: they’re all here in Delaware, Download the popular Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail passport, and you’ll be on your way to sampling all the libations the First State has to offer. I’m sure I’ve missed something, but I hope that I’ve given you some ideas to get out and explore your own backyard this summer. So when somebody asks you what you did over your summer vacation, you can tell them you were in a state of Endless Discoveries right here in Delaware.

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