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Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware, situated in the northeast corner of the state at the confluence of Brandywine Creek and the Christina River. In 2006, the city's population was 72,826. Wilmington has a very distinguished history, beginning with its establishment in 1638 by Swedish settlers. British colonization began in 1664 and the area also had strong influences from Quaker communities. It was granted a borough charter in 1739 by King George II, but the greatest period of growth in the town occurred after the Civil War. Today, between 5-6 million people from around the world visit Wilmington each year. The city offers historical attractions, world-class museums, restaurants and cultural venues, festivals and outdoor recreational opportunities. The Christina Riverfront includes a 1.2-mile, landscaped, lighted Riverwalk that takes you from The Shipyard Shops to a variety of outlet stores. Also, along the Riverfront is Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (named for famed Underground Railroad Conductor Harriett Tubman and Stationmaster Thomas Garrett.) There are also several other park-like areas that overlook the river and a riverfront market offers delicious specialty foods, fresh produce and flowers - all tax free. The Wilmington State Parks are a group of four parks in the city and include Brandywine Park (and the Brandywine Zoo and Baynard Stadium,) Alapocas Woods Natural Area, H. Fletcher Brown Park and Rockford Park.

Surrounding areas: Hockessin, Delaware (9.6 mi), Delaware City, Delaware (11.5 mi), Newark, Delaware (12.8 mi), Odessa, Delaware (20.5 mi), Smyrna, Delaware (30.6 mi), Dover, Delaware (39.9 mi)

Wilmington Vacation Rentals

Wilmington Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Brandywine Valley Inn1807 Concord PikeWilmington, DE (302) 656-9436
Brandywine Suites Clarion Collection Hotel707 N King StWilmington, DE (302) 656-9300
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington Christiana48 Geoffry DrWilmington, DE (302) 456-3800
Courtyard Wilmington Brandywine320 Rocky Run PkwyWilmington, DE (302) 477-9500
Days Inn Wilmington Downtown1102 W StWilmington, DE (302) 429-7600
Doubletree Hotel-wilmington4727 Concord PikeWilmington, DE (888) 478-2933
Fairfield Inn-newark65 Geoffrey DrWilmington, DE (302) 292-1500
Homewood Suites By Hilton350 Rocky Run PkwyWilmington, DE (302) 479-2000
Hotel Dupont11th & Market StsWilmington, DE (302) 594-3100
Inn At Wilmington300 Rocky Run PkwyWilmington, DE (302) 479-7900
Quality Inn & Suites-Wilmington4000 Concord PikeWilmington, DE (302) 478-2222
Residences At City Center1007 N Orange StWilmington, DE (302) 778-3000
Sheraton Suites Wilmington422 Delaware AveWilmington, DE (302) 654-8300
Wyndham Wilmington700 King StWilmington, DE (302) 655-0400
Residences At City Center1007 N Orange StBear, DE1.2 mi.(302) 778-3000
New Castle Super Lodge1213 West AveNew Castle, DE2.8 mi.(302) 654-5544
Rodeway Inn3 Memorial DrNew Castle, DE2.8 mi.(302) 654-5400
Quality Inn Skyways147 N Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE3.3 mi.(302) 328-6666
Comfort Inn & Suites634 Sodders RdCarneys Point, NJ3.6 mi.(856) 299-8282
Holiday Inn Express506 Pennsville-auburn RdCarneys Point, NJ3.6 mi.(856) 351-9222
Wellesley Inn & Suites517 S Pennsville-Auburn RdCarneys Point, NJ3.6 mi.(609) 299-3800
Hampton Inn429 N BroadwayPennsville, NJ4.5 mi.(856) 351-1700
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites632 Pennsville Auburn Rd Ste ACarney's Point, NJ4.7 mi.(856) 351-6600
Quality Inn And Conference Center632 Pennsville Auburn Rd Ste BCarney's Point, NJ4.7 mi.(856) 299-4900
Bridgeview InnI-295 & Rt 13 N Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE5.5 mi.(302) 658-8511
The David Finney Inn216 Delaware StNew Castle, DE5.5 mi.(302) 322-6367
Holiday Inn Select630 Naamans RdClaymont, DE6.9 mi.(302) 792-2700
Red Roof Inn Wilmington415 Stanton Christiana RdNewark, DE7.3 mi.(302) 292-2870
Christiana Hilton Inn100 Continental DrNewark, DE7.5 mi.(302) 454-1500
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1024 Old Churchman's RdNewark, DE7.5 mi.(302) 266-6400
Wilmington Days Inn900 Churchmans RdNewark, DE7.5 mi.(302) 386-2400
Americinn Of Bear/Wilmington875 Pulaski HwyBear, DE7.7 mi.(302) 326-2500
Econo Lodge232 S Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE7.9 mi.(302) 322-4500
Rodeway Inn111 S Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE7.9 mi.(302) 328-6246
Rodeway Inn111 S Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE7.9 mi.(302) 328-6246
Super 8 Motel-new Castle215 S Dupont HwyNew Castle, DE7.9 mi.(302) 322-9480
Homestead Studio Suites Hotels333 Continental DrNewark, DE8.1 mi.(302) 283-0800
Towneplace Suites By Marriott410 Eagle Run RdNewark, DE8.7 mi.(302) 369-6212
Comfort Suites56 S Old Baltimore PikeNewark, DE8.8 mi.(302) 266-6600
Staybridge Suites Wilmington/Newark270 Chapman RdNewark, DE9.0 mi.(302) 366-8097
Bed & Breakfast
Rittenhouse Square Bed & Breakfast1715 Rittenhouse SquarePhiladelphia, PA24.1 mi.(215) 546-6500

Wilmington Weather & Climate

Northern Delaware, which consists of New Castle County, is generally considered to have a humid subtropical climate. There is some debate as to whether the extreme northern portion of the county is humid subtropical or warm continental. The main difference being whether winter temperatures are cold enough to support a fixed period of snow cover each year. Most areas of northern Delaware experience relatively mild winters because the mountains of Pennsylvania protect it from harsh, cold winds. Summers are warm and humid with thunderstorms, although not as hot as the southeastern part of the state. Precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the state; however, the north and southeast receive the most precipitation. Delaware is a tiny state, only 96 miles long and from 9 to 35 miles across. Almost all of the state is part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and therefore the effects of the ocean moderate the climate. Severe storms, such as hurricanes are rare in northern Delaware and when they do occur, plenty of warning is given for these types of storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 23°F 3.43 in. -
February 42°F 25°F 2.81 in. -
March 51°F 33°F 3.97 in. -
April 62°F 42°F 3.39 in. -
May 72°F 52°F 4.15 in. -
June 81°F 61°F 3.59 in. -
July 86°F 67°F 4.28 in. -
August 84°F 65°F 3.51 in. -
September 77°F 58°F 4.01 in. -
October 65°F 45°F 3.08 in. -
November 55°F 36°F 3.19 in. -
December 44°F 28°F 3.40 in. -

Wilmington Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the New Castle County airport (ILG) located about 5 miles southwest of Wilmington, the Philadelphia International airport (PHL) located approximately 18 miles northeast of Wilmington in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Northeast Philadelphia airport (PNE) located roughly 36 miles northeast of Wilmington in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and finally the Atlantic City International airport (ACY) located around 54 miles southeast of Wilmington in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Wilmington Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE5.5 mi.
Clementon Amusement ParkClementonNJ29.5 mi.
ExhilaramaVoorheesNJ30.9 mi.
Six Flags Great AdventureJacksonNJ35.6 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA44.2 mi.
Dutch WonderlandLancasterPA46.1 mi.
Storybook LandCardiffNJ55.0 mi.
Storybook LandEgg Harbor TownshipNJ55.0 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD58.5 mi.
Gillian's Wonderland PierOcean CityNJ60.0 mi.
PlaylandOcean CityNJ60.0 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA60.3 mi.
Mariner's LandingWildwoodNJ64.0 mi.
Morey's PiersWildwoodNJ64.0 mi.
Splash Zone Water ParkWildwoodNJ64.0 mi.
Wild Wheels Adventure PierWildwoodNJ64.0 mi.
Steel PierAtlantic CityNJ64.3 mi.
Tivoli PierAtlantic CityNJ64.3 mi.
Blackbeard's CaveBayvilleNJ67.2 mi.
Bushkill ParkEastonPA67.8 mi.
Water Parks
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA27.3 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ28.7 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA44.2 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE50.3 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ60.0 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA60.3 mi.
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ64.0 mi.
Thundering Surf Water SlideBeach HavenNJ69.5 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD90.3 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA90.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Delcastle Golf CourseWilmingtonDE 
Ed Oliver Golf ClubWilmingtonDE 
Rock Manor Golf ClubWilmingtonDE 
Three Little Bakers Country Club & Dinner TheatreWilmingtonDE 
Beckett Golf ClubSwedesboroNJ11.7 mi.
Wild Oaks Golf ClubSalemNJ12.1 mi.
Clayton Park Golf CourseGlen MillsPA12.2 mi.
Golf Course At Glen MillsGlen MillsPA12.2 mi.
Spring Lake Recreation CenterGlen MillsPA12.2 mi.
Vinces Sport Center Par 3 Golf CourseNewarkDE12.3 mi.
Holly Hills Golf ClubAllowayNJ15.2 mi.
Tattersall Golf ClubWest ChesterPA15.9 mi.
Springfield Country ClubSpringfieldPA16.3 mi.
Paxon Hollow Golf ClubMediaPA17.6 mi.
Bob Thatchers Old Masters Golf ClubNewtown SquarePA18.2 mi.
Brantwood Golf ClubElktonMD18.5 mi.
Club At Patriots GlenElktonMD18.5 mi.
RiverWinds Golf ClubThorofareNJ19.4 mi.
Downingtown Country ClubDowningtownPA20.4 mi.
Maple Ridge Golf ClubSewellNJ20.8 mi.
Oakmont East Golf CourseOakmontPA20.8 mi.
Pitman Golf CourseSewellNJ20.8 mi.
Westwood Golf ClubWoodburyNJ21.2 mi.
Centerton Golf ClubElmerNJ21.6 mi.
Back Creek Golf ClubMiddletownDE22.6 mi.
Frog Hollow Golf ClubMiddletownDE22.6 mi.
Van De Grift Golf ClubMiddletownDE22.6 mi.
Wyncote Golf ClubOxfordPA23.6 mi.
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East CourseNorth EastMD23.7 mi.
Cobbs Creek Golf ClubPhiladelphiaPA24.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA26.9 mi.
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ28.7 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ28.7 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA53.9 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA90.9 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA92.3 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA103.7 mi.
CraigmeurNewfoundlandNJ107.3 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA116.7 mi.
State Parks
Bellevue State ParkDE3.2 mi. 
Brandywine Creek State ParkDE4.9 mi. 
Brandywine Springs State ParkDE5.8 mi. 
Fort Mott State ParkNJ9.4 mi. 
Brandywine Battlefield State ParkPA9.5 mi. 
Fort Delaware State ParkDE10.3 mi. 
Walter S Carpenter State ParkDE12.9 mi. 
Ridley Creek State ParkPA15.4 mi. 
Lums Pond State ParkDE16.3 mi. 
Marsh Creek State ParkPA24.8 mi. 
Independence Mall State ParkPA25.5 mi. 
Parvin State ParkNJ25.6 mi. 
Elk Neck State ParkMD28.5 mi. 
Garden State ParkNJ29.4 mi. 
Elk Neck State ParkMD29.8 mi. 
Fort Washington State ParkPA30.4 mi. 
Evansburg State ParkPA32.1 mi. 
Fort Washington State ParkPA32.1 mi. 
Susquehanna State ParkMD33.0 mi. 
Evansburg State ParkPA33.9 mi. 
Rockwood MuseumWilmingtonDE(History)
Winterthur MeseumWilmingtonDE(Multidisciplinary)
Delaware History CenterWilmingtonDE(History)
Hagley MuseumWilmingtonDE(History)
Read House and GardensNew CastleDE5.5 mi.(History)
Brandywine River MuseumChadds FordPA9.9 mi.(History)
The Condiment Packet GalleryWest ChesterPA16.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Friendship Fire Company MuseumWoodburyNJ21.2 mi.(History)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(History)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and AnthroplogyPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(History)
Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Rosenbach Museum & LibraryPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic SitePhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Mutter MuseumPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Science)
Paley Design CenterPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Technology)
La Salle University Art MuseumPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Art)
LaSalle University Art MuseumPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Art)
Paley/Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art and DesignPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Art)
Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(Art)
American Swedish Historical MuseumPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE 
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA24.5 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ25.4 mi.
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ64.6 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD65.4 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD65.4 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA70.4 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY93.0 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD95.1 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC99.3 mi.
New York AquariumBrooklynNY104.5 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY104.5 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY105.1 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ113.3 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY115.0 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY116.7 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA119.0 mi.

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