Road Trip:Beyond Rt 52

Signs of spring are everywhere here in the Brandywine Valley. Whether a road trip to nowhere, or a destination you’ve been dreaming about, come back and visit us. Explore our favorites – online or on foot, and share your picks for Best around the Brandywine Valley to social media using the hashtag #bestofbrandywine. 

duPont Legacy Museums

Take a drive northwest of Wilmington, and you’ll notice how the scenery seems to quietly become ever more inviting, and that much more enchanting.  For travelers, three mansions in particular stand as must-see museums, each with its own personality and charm: Nemours (known for its formal elegance); Winterthur (for its expansive gardens and antique collection); and Hagley (for the story it tells of the DuPont legacy).

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Grand Opera House

Built in 1871, this magnificent concert hall in Downtown Wilmington entertains and engages its communities through exceptional, diverse live performances and educational outreach with more than 100 shows a year from symphony orchestras, dance and opera to stand-up comedians and programs for all people young and old.

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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the Museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The Museum’s outstanding Heritage Collection is a cross section of American art, with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine valley. 

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Wineries and Breweries

Locally grown, small batched, and lovingly crafted, you are sure to sip on something special. Stroll through picturesque vineyards or visit the taprooms of area brewers for a true taste of the unique terroir of the Brandywine Valley. 

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Downtown Wilmington & Riverwalk

Walk the streets where modern office towers exist side-by-side with historic buildings representing three centuries of American architectural style, from Queen Anne to Greek Revival. Visit Old Swedes Church and the Rocks where Peter Minuit and the Kalmar Nyckel first landed in the New World or see Delaware’s history through the newly renovated Delaware History Museum and African American Heritage Center.  Food and Beverage options abound with some of the most iconic dishes in the state. 

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