Southern Region, Delaware Attractions
Southern Delaware was home to many Native American tribes such as Lenni Lenape and Nanticokes. Henry Hudson discovered the area but the first settlers were Dutch and the first settlement, Zwaanendael, began.
In the 1770's, a ship building industry with some reputation was flourishing in Milford. The reason for this successful industry was due to Milford being located on both the north and south banks of the Mispillion River.The town of Milford was incorporated in 1807.
The Milford Museum is housed in the former old post office building. The exhibits feature local history of the early days along the Mispillion River. Model ships, a 300 piece silver collection, photographs and historical memorabilia are highlights of the Milford Museum.
Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Abbott's Mill features a grist mill and nature trails with fishing and canoeing available on Abbott's Pond. Nature education programs run year-round with tours conducted during autumn.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth is a biblical term that means "room enough". The beach area lay untouched until 1872, due to its remote location, when the town was platted by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The railroad made the town more accessible and when the highway replaced the railroad, Rehoboth Beach became a popular tourist destination.
Anna Hazzard Museum
The Anna Hazzard Museum is housed in one of the original "tent" houses from Rehoboth's 1870s camp-meeting era. The museum was named for Anna Hazzard, a former owner and civic leader. Artifacts, photographs and historic newspaper articles from this early period are on display.
Funland is a family amusement center located on the boardwalk with 18 rides, 13 midway games, an electronic shooting gallery, an arcade with video and pinball machines. Rides and games are on a "pay as you go basis".
Indian River Life-Saving Station
The Indian River Life-Saving Station was built in 1876 and has been restored to the 1905 time period. The Station was used by "surfmen" who rescued passengers and sailors in distress.
Jungle Jim's is an amusement park and water park featuring many rides as well as a lazyriver, and wave pool.
Seaford is located along the Nanticoke River, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities. There are a number of parks and two nature trails, ideal for hiking or biking.Seaford has historical attractions such as Ross Mansion and Seaford Museum, the Woodland Ferry and the Patty Cannon House.
Governor Ross Mansion & Plantation
Governor Ross Mansion c 1859, is a brick Italian Villa architecture with a restored honeymoon cottage built for the son of the Governor. The grounds feature a granary, carriage house, and renovated log slave quarters.
Highball Signal, Delmar, Delaware
The 1929 Delmar Caboose is a museum of railroad artifacts that date from the 1800s.The Highball Signal was used to indicate the condition of the railroad track and to control train movements by raising and lowering a large white ball.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, Fenwick Island, Delaware
Nanticoke Indian Museum, Millsboro, Delaware
Nanticoke Indian Museum is housed in a restored one-room community schoolhouse that closed in 1964. The museum displays local pottery, arrowheads, spear points and clothing of the only remaining American Indian tribe in Delaware.
Milton - Edward H. McCabe Preserve
Carriage Place Clydesdale Farm, Bridgeville, Delaware
Visitors to Carriage Place Clydesdale Farm can tour the barn and carriage room, pet horses as well as take carriage, trolley or wagon rides.
Laurel is a small town, population 3,600, that is popular for fishing, cycling, skydiving, and boating.
Trap Pond State Park
Trap Pond State Park, one of Delaware's first state parks, began in 1951. The pond itself was created in the late 1700's to power a sawmill. There are over 100 species of birds, camping sites, hiking opportunities, and 3,000 acres of virgin forest.