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Best Nature Attractions in Delaware

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Delaware is a state full of history and intrigue. As the first state to ratify the Constitution, it is central to the spirit of American freedom and democracy. Therefore, those wanting to visit historic landmarks have countless options throughout the area. The state is also a beautiful place to visit for nature attractions and offers visitors a wide range of places filled with beauty and fauna. It may be one of the few places in the country that can mix history, culture, and nature seamlessly. So, grab your phone and turn on your favorite GPS app and get ready to tour one of the most beautiful states in the union.

DuPont Environmental Education Center

The location of the DuPont Environmental Education Center is the meeting point of the Christina River, the city, and the marsh. This area covers 212 acres of freshwater marsh and is located along the edge of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge along the river. It is the home of many of the traditional American birds, including the Bald Eagle, Wood Duck, and Virginia Rail, among many others. Other important species like river otters, the American beaver, and Eastern Painted Turtles reside in the area. The environmental center is foundational to the conservation of species and is a wonderful place to visit for those that love, respect, and enjoy nature. For others that appreciate hiking, a seven-mile trail connects Wilmington to New Castle, providing access to the many sightseeing and photo opportunities.

Prime Hook and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

The National Wildlife Refuge system is a program under the United States Fish and Wildlife Service whose mission is to protect and conserve lands and water across the country, preserving fish, plants, and other species. Among these places is the Prime Hook Refuge, established in 1963 to protect over 10,000 acres of land. The area is located 22 miles from Dover on the western part of the Delaware Bay. Visitors can enjoy wildlife observation, photography, lecture programs, and bird walks that include viewings of over 300 species of birds and more than 90 types of fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Furthermore, the refuge also includes permits for fishing and hunting.

The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Delaware coast, is critical to the protection of salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic area. The refuge is part of a chain that interconnects Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and is indispensable to migrating birds and other wildlife that use the area to breed. With the mounting losses in habitat along the Atlantic Flyway, Bombay Hook has become ever more important to the protection of species. While visiting these areas, increase the enjoyment and educational opportunity by downloading one of the various apps that help identify birds and plant species. The Merlin Bird ID app is available for both iOS and Android and can help you easily identify what birds you are looking at.  PlantSnap, also available for iOS and Android, helps identify plants, flowers, cacti as well as succulents and mushrooms – for those on the hunt for something specific. Should you need to upgrade or require assistance, be sure to visit one of the many AT&T stores in Delaware. The knowledgeable staff can help you find the best smartphones for downloading all the apps you need for your adventures.

Delaware Seashore State Park

A visit to the state is not complete without visiting the Delaware Seashore State Park. The history of the federally-managed area began with the construction of steel and stone jetties in the late 1930s that stabilized the Indian River Inlet, thus facilitation transportation along the barrier island. Today, tourists can enjoy swimming and surfing on the site. Those who wish to extend their stay can camp at one of the two campsites in the park located on each side of the Indian River Inlet. Delaware Seashore also has a marina where interested parties can charter a boat or visit the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum that features exhibits and historic artifacts depicting the turn-of-the-century techniques used to rescue boats and ships in danger.

 

Nature trips through Delaware will prove to be picturesque and something to catalog with your smartphone to keep the memories preserved. Make sure you add Delaware to your list of nature trips to see when planning your next vacation.

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