Wilmington, DE

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Wilmington showing heritage elements

With music festivals, lively neighborhoods, museums and wineries, this “midway city” between Washington, D.C. and New York is an attraction in its own right. 

Delaware’s largest city combines historic charm and a dynamic cultural scene. Whether you want to dine and shop in one of the many neighborhoods, tour perfectly landscaped gardens or absorb culture in a variety of museums, Wilmington has plenty to do.

The city comprises many distinct neighborhoods, each offering something unique. Step back in time at the Colonial houses of Quaker Hill or enjoy the shops and tourist attractions of the Riverfront. If you visit during June, attend the Italian Festival. The city shuts down several blocks to make way for carnival rides and traditional Italian food and music.

Wilmington hosts a variety of music festivals each summer. The most popular are the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, a weeklong event in Rodney Square, and the Peoples’ Festival, a Riverfront tribute to Bob Marley.

Get in touch with your wild side at the Brandywine Zoo. This small zoo is home to a variety of exotic creatures, including a clouded leopard, a Siberian tiger and a two-toed sloth.

Browse through the extensive collections at the Delaware Art Museum or take the younger members of your family to the Delaware Children’s Museum for hands-on learning. Buy a ticket for Frawley Stadium, home to Minor League baseball team the Wilmington Blue Rocks, as well as the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

In the countryside surrounding Wilmington, visit local wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Tour the homes and gardens of nearby estates like Nemours Mansion and Winterthur. The area has a rich history dating back to the American Revolution; visit key battle sites such as Cooch’s Bridge and Brandywine Battlefield.

Wilmington is a fairly small city with a huge variety of offerings. Between the many restaurants and shops downtown or the museums and galleries scattered throughout the city, you’ll find endless attractions for visitors of all ages. The city sits on the bank of the Delaware River halfway between New York City and Washington D.C.

Where to stay in Wilmington

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
2.5 out of 5
1807 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE
The price is $83 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from Grand Opera House and within 12 mi (20 km) of Eden Park and Linvilla Orchards. Longwood Gardens and ...
3.6/5 Good! (907 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, comfortable, convenient."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Brandywine Valley
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington
4 out of 5
4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE
The price is $147 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brandywine Valley and Brandywine Creek State Park. Brandywine Creek is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) ...
4/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Convenient to downtown. Very courteous staff. Very quiet despite looking full"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
4 out of 5
700 N King St, Wilmington, DE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $148 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Downtown Wilmington, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Grand Opera House and within 3 mi (5 km) of 76ers Fieldhouse Powered by BPG|Sports and Delaware ...
3.9/5 Good! (977 reviews)

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington - Legal District
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stylish Private Suite  in the heart of Brandywine Valley
Stylish Private Suite in the heart of Brandywine Valley
Wilmington, DE
The price is $115 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
This family-friendly Wilmington vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brandywine Valley, Brandywine Creek State Park, and Brandywine Creek. Booth's Corner Farmers ...
5/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
Convenient Location
"This property was great - we wanted to visit the various gardens in the Brandywine Valley and this home was within 15 minutes of all of them that we wanted to see - perfect. Home was clean, well appointed and cozy."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Stylish Private Suite in the heart of Brandywine Valley
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown
3 out of 5
820 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE
The price is $175 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Riverfront, this aparthotel is steps from Brandywine Valley and Chase Center on the Riverfront. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and Delaware ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (271 reviews)
"Only thing I disliked was the restroom fan was on 24/7. But everything else we liked employees were very nice."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown
Very quiet
Very quiet
Wilmington, DE
Situated in Wilmington, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Brandywine Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of Brandywine Creek State Park and Brandywine ...
Very quiet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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