Top 5 Day Trips to Take This Summer Around Our Delaware Communities

Families enjoying their day trips in Delaware.

July 14, 2023

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising here in the great state of Delaware—and there’s no doubt that summer is upon us. At Wilkinson Homes, we take pride in building top-quality new homes and beautiful communities throughout this fantastic state, and we love that our homeowners get to experience an endless array of activities and entertainment. This is especially true with the arrival of summer, when there's no better time to embark on exciting day trips near your new home community. Whether you reside in Dover, Felton, Newark or Camden—you'll be thrilled to explore the diverse range of destinations that offer the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure and cultural experiences. From breathtaking beaches to historical treasures, we've curated a list of incredible day trip destinations in Delaware that are just a stone's throw away from your doorstep. 

Rehoboth Beach: Coastal Bliss and Boardwalk Fun

Escape to the stunning shores of Rehoboth Beach, located just a 1- to 2-hour drive from our new home communities. Sink your toes into the soft sand, bask in the glorious sunshine and take a refreshing dip in the sparkling ocean. Make your way along the iconic Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, indulging in scrumptious treats from the charming beachfront shops and restaurants. While you’re here, don't forget to visit Funland—a family-friendly amusement park that offers thrilling rides and classic carnival games. Regardless of age, interest or passion—Rehoboth Beach is certainly a day-trip destination you’ll want to embark on this summer.

Bethany Beach: Tranquility and Natural Beauty

If a calmer, quieter beach is more your speed, Bethany Beach is a place you’ll want to stop by this summer. Not too far from Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach is known for its small beach town atmosphere, offering a pristine shoreline and glorious nature to soak in all day. Unwind on the peaceful sandy beaches, go for a leisurely bike ride along the scenic trails or try your hand at paddleboarding on the calm waters. Additionally, you’ll want to explore the Bethany Beach Nature Center, where you can discover the region's one-of-a-kind wildlife and stroll through the native plant demonstration garden. 

Three Palms Zoo: Wild Encounters and Conservation Education

For an unforgettable wildlife adventure, head to the 3 Palms Zoo in Townsend—just a short drive away from all of our communities. This fascinating zoo is the largest in the entire state, proudly housing the only Alligator, Eastern Coyote and Silver Fox exhibits in Delaware. Taking a day trip to this zoo offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals—from llamas and alpaca to turtles and tortoises. Learn about conservation efforts, participate in feeding experiences and enjoy educational opportunities that highlight the importance of protecting endangered species.

Wilmington and Western Railroad: A Historic Rail Adventure

Step aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad and embark on a nostalgic journey through 10 miles of Delaware's scenic landscapes and rich history. This historic railroad, located in the nearby city of Wilmington, offers a day trip opportunity to experience the golden age of rail travel and marvel at the picturesque countryside. As you board the vintage train, you'll be transported back in time to an era when rail travel was the epitome of luxury and sophistication. The beautifully restored steam and diesel locomotives, along with the charming antique coaches, evoke a sense of nostalgia and provide an authentic experience for passengers of all ages. Whether you're a history buff, a railroad enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable experience—the Wilmington & Western Railroad promises an enchanting journey through time.

Trap Pond State Park: Nature’s Serene Oasis

Escape to the peaceful beauty of Trap Pond State Park for a refreshing day trip this summer. Located just a short 1- to 2-hour drive from our communities, this natural oasis beckons with its serene landscapes and abundant wildlife. Explore the pristine waters of the park's namesake, Trap Pond, by kayak or canoe, and immerse yourself in the ambiance of the surrounding forest. With miles of scenic trails to wander and the opportunity to spot unique plant and animal species, Trap Pond State Park is a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking solace amidst Delaware's remarkable wilderness.

Enjoy your summer with Wilkinson Homes

Our team at Wilkinson Homes is beyond proud to build new homes in the vibrant state of Delaware—where our homeowners have access to a wealth of day trip destinations within easy reach. From the tranquility of Trap Pond State Park to the adventure of 3 Palms Zoo, each destination offers an unforgettable experience that will create lasting memories. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the natural beauty, history and culture that surround our communities—grab your family and friends and enjoy a summer filled with exciting day trips to these wonderful destinations. 

If you’re in the market for a new home in Camden, Felton, Dover or Newark, DE—be sure to browse through our new home communities and quick move-in homes in Delaware, and don’t hesitate to give us a call at (610) 274-8283 or fill out our online form today.

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