The First State, The Small Wonder, Diamond State, Blue Hen State
Nickname: Diamond State
State bird: Blue Hen Chicken
State flower: Peach Blossom
Time: Eastern (GMT – 5)
The State: This small State’s administrative and commercial centre is Wilmington. Founded in 1638, the city includes museums, galleries, a port and a new trolley car system modelled on the world-famous cable cars in San Francisco. Fort Christina Historic Park in Wilmington is the site of Delaware’s first permanent settlement, when Finns and Swedes landed here in 1638, whilst the Delaware Art Museum exhibits a permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings, sculptures, photography and craft, including works by Howard Pyle, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
The capital, Dover, is home to the Air Mobility Command Museum, which exhibits planes and military artefacts. The rest of the State is mostly rural. Lewes is a quaint seaside historic town with many antique shops and speciality stores. East of Lewes is the Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware’s largest State Park, with its seabird nesting colony and white sand dunes. Rehoboth Beach is a seaside resort popular with families for its amusement park, 1.6km-long (1 mile) boardwalk, fine restaurants and shops. Bargain hunters will be enticed by the retail outlet shopping that is available in the vicinity.
Dewey Beach is a lively holiday spot with plenty of bars and clubs to keep youthful holidaymakers happy, as well as opportunities for watersports.
Other attractions include the small capital city of Dover, historic New Castle and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for waterfoul, shorebirds and songbirds.