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New Castle, Newark and Wilmington make up the northern part of Delaware, as well as much of the state’s industrial area. Though there are certainly a lot of businesses in this region, there’s also plenty of things to do. Here are five of the best:
1. Cheer on the University of Delaware. Located in Newark, the University of Delaware is a great place to get back to the good old college days. Cheering on the Blue Hens is especially fun during the spring lacrosse season.
2. Check out Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. This historic 1871 Victorian landmark was built by Masons. Since then, it has been restored and now serves as Delaware’s Center for the Performing Arts, home of Opera Delaware, the First State Ballet Theatre and the Delaware Symphony. The façade is a fine example of Second Empire style interpreted in cast iron.
3. Get a dose of history in New Castle. Established in 1651, New Castle is one of Delaware’s first settlements. It served as a meeting place for the Colonial assemblies, was the first capital of the state and became an early center of culture and communication. Today, you can venture back to the 1700s by visiting landmarks such as the Old Dutch House, Amstel House Museum and the Old New Castle Court House Museum.
4. Set sail to Pea Patch Island. Home of Fort Delaware State Park, Pea Patch Island is only accessible by ferry. The grim, gray fort was built as a coastal defense in 1860 and used as a prisoner-of-war depot for three years, housing up to 12,500 Confederate prisoners at a time.
5. Sip some local brews. It may surprise you that Delaware boasts a handful of craft breweries, and some fantastic ones can be found in the northern part of the state. Stewart’s Brewing Company in Bear (south of Newark), Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Greenville (north of Wilmington) and Iron Hill Brewery in Newark and Wilmington are all worth a stop.