From state parks to nightlife, colonial history to innovation, Delaware offers its residents a vibrant, active community in a beautiful setting.
Delaware's miles of beautiful beaches are among the cleanest in the nation with the highest water quality, according to the National Resources Defense Council. Rehoboth Beach is an East Coast vacation spot, offering an award-winning boardwalk and annual sandcastle building contest. Inland from the ocean, Delawareans enjoy more than 15 state parks, from riverfront and urban retreats in the north to sprawling forests and salt water marinas in the south. The State has rivers to paddle and hills to hike, and is ranked one of the top five most bicycle-friendly states by the League of American Bicyclists.
Dover International Speedway is known as the world's fastest one-mile NASCAR track, earning it the nickname the "Monster Mile." Thousands of racing fans visit the 750-acre complex each year for the biannual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, and the popular Firefly Music Festival. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, located next to the speedway, is one of Delaware's three full-service casinos, and a great spot for anyone who loves the thrill of the race or the game.
Thanks to Delaware's active Division of the Arts and an engaged and supportive artist community, Delaware's residents enjoy a wide variety of exhibits and performances, with visits to the area by some of the world's best talent. Wilmington's Grand Opera House features exceptional and diverse performances all year long, while Dover's Biggs Museum of American Art houses one of the finest collections of American art. The Delaware Theatre Company produces Broadway hits and offers award-winning educational programs for children, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra brings symphonic music to thousands of Delawareans, and the State hosts numerous annual music festivals, such as Firefly, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and the Festival for Peace Tribute to Bob Marley
In 1787, Delaware was the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution, earning it the nickname, "the First State." Delaware's rich history is entwined with the founding of the United States, and the State's critical role in shaping the nation is chronicled in museums and landmarks throughout the State. Stroll through historic New Castle, founded by Dutch settlers in the 1650s, or sail on the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the merchant ship that carried Swedish settlers to Delaware. Tour John Dickinson Plantation, home of one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, Fort Delaware, or the grand Winterthur estate and 60-acre garden of Henry Francis du Pont. There are countless pockets of history waiting to be explored.
From the Chinese American Community Center to Delaware's active Indian Community, from the annual St. Anthony's Italian Festival to the annual Greek Festival Bazaar, Delaware celebrates the diverse cultures that thrive in the State and enrich its residents.