Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dela-Where? : Part One

While temporarily living in Maryland during my husband's job training, we drove up to New Jersey to look for a place to live. As we drove through Delaware, we joked, "Who lives in Delaware? You never hear anyone say they would love to end up in Delaware."

One year later, my husband got a job assignment for a couple of weeks to Wilmington, Delaware. We didn't want to be without him for so long, so I packed up the kids and headed to stay with him for a week. I figured while my husband worked, we could just explore. And I love exploring.

I searched the internet for "things to do with kids in Delaware" and flipped through visitor's magazines. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot to do, so I mapped out our week and we dove right in.

Fast forward to this year.

We just got back from our third trip to Delaware.  In fact, we love whenever my husband get's that two week assignment. Even if we only go down for a few days, we always find something new to do.

We really couldn't afford a vacation this year, so it was a pleasant surprise when he got the trip again. We actually got to go somewhere and do some neat stuff, and we didn't have to pay for a hotel! Sweet!


So, enough rambling. Here are my top reasons you've got to go to Delaware:

History.
Delaware is full of history (which, sadly,  is something I never appreciated until now).  It was the first state of the union, for crying out loud, so there are a gajillion places to visit that make you appreciate our nation's history. The DuPont family began there and their amazing estates will make you ooh and aah. If you are a history buff, this is your heaven.

The Land.
It's breathtakingly beautiful. Marshes, rolling hills, manicured gardens, winding creeks, and rivers make for amazing landscapes that urge you to just keep driving and driving. And you can't help but imagine our country's first battles that occurred on the very land you are discovering.

Downtown Wilmington Waterfront. 
It is full of attractions, great restaurants and things to do. This is where we've spent a lot of our time. (and we still haven't seen it all!)

Close Proximity to Philadelphia. 
I adore Philadelphia. It's my favorite place to explore. It is definitely a diverse city with so many things to do. We haven't even touched the hem of the garment in that town. I've got lots undone on my Philly To-Do List...


Here's some pics of our trip to Dela-Where, I mean, Delaware. Click the links below to check out more.

Eating Colonial Flavors of Ice Cream in Historic New Castle, Delaware
Gorgeous Tree-lined Street in Historic New Castle

Peanut, walking the boardwalk in the marsh at the DuPont Environmental Education Center.
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The Smith Indoor/Outdoor Playground (yes, it's a mansion just for playing) in Philadelphia.

Opie, figuring out air-flow at the Delaware Children's Museum.
On a ferry ride to Fort Delaware.

Outside the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

And there's plenty more where that came from....

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6 comments:

  1. Mmmm i adore philly. And i really have never been to delaware... Except for driving thru it. Looks amazing. What were the colonial flavors of ice cream, and what on that sign behind you says motor oil, is that a flavor?

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    1. Philly-road-trip-girl's-weekend anyone? :) And I JUST noticed the motor oil. HA! Didn't even see that one. Not sure I would have tasted it if I had... Anywayz... I had Lingonberry ice cream and Jayden had Dutch Chocolate. They were really creamy and yummy. That little town had my name ALL over it! Girl, and for photography, it would be a dream. Wilmington was the same way...

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  2. My aunt and uncle live in Delaware, so we've been there too many times to count! It is a beautiful state with so much to do, but you'd never think it. Have you made it to Rehoboth Beach yet? I had so much fun there as a kid. Glad you guys had a great time!

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    1. We thought about going down that way for a day, but without Lance, I wasn't up for a beach trip toting two kiddos.. HA! We will go, though.

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  3. I just LOVE how you epitomize "Where you go I go..." with your hubby. Just. Love. It. And, I too, was going to ask about that Motor Oil flavor on the chalkboard at the ice cream place. I'm going to just tell myself it's some sort of chocolatey type thing...

    Great pics and you have a stinkin' cute family! Looking forward to seeing more. And, I LOVE Philly too. Such an amazing city!

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    1. Thanks! I definitely try to keep in tow with my hubs. My boys love their Daddy, too. You know how that goes. And I wish I would have noticed the Motor Oil flavor on the sign while I was there. I would have had to ask!

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