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Welcome to Wilmington


Wilmington has undergone a revitalisation in recent years, and though business is perhaps still the main attraction, there are pockets in and around the downtown area that are well worth a visit, beginning with the Riverfront on the Christina River. Visitors can stroll along a waterfront path leading to the Shipyard Shops, the rowing centre and various restaurants and museums.

The city comprises many distinct neighbourhoods, and for those seeking a less touristy experience, Trolley Square is an excellent option. It's full of shady sidewalk cafés, cosy bistros and lively pubs, including Kelly's Logan House, a local institution since 1864 and the only place to be on St Patrick's Day. Stately old homes and restored townhouses surround the area. Not far away is Little Italy, home to Mrs Robino's, one of the city's oldest and most popular spots for authentic Italian food. During the summer, the best way to cool off is with a treat from one of the historic community's countless Italian water ice stands.

For many visitors, the most appealing attractions lie just outside city limits, in the beautiful Brandywine Valley. The area is a horticultural delight, with endless gardens and arboretums, as well as the 'American castles' of the du Pont family, including Winterthur and Nemours, magnificently preserved and packed with artwork and antiques.

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Wilmington has a humid subtropical climate with cool winters and hot, humid summers. Average winter temperatures range between 50F and 65F (10C and 18C) while summers weather warms up to a balmy and sticky 80F to 90F (27C to 32C). Spring is warm and mild and visitors should note that often rooftops and cars can be turned yellow due to the pollen dusting during the season. Due to the proximity of the warm Atlantic Ocean waters, Wilmington has been known to be hit by tropical cyclones during the summer months, from November to March and travellers planning their trips should take this into account.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Holding a collection of more than 12,000 works, the Delaware Art Museum was founded in 1912 by the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts in honour of the artist Howard Pyle, whose painting 'Battle of Bunker Hill' was in the museum's possession until it went missing and was presumed stolen in 2001. The museum is perhaps best known for its extensive collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, while urban landscapes by John Sloan can also be viewed here. Public and group tours are available.

The state's only contemporary art museum, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts features displays of local and regional artists in its seven galleries. It also features 26 artists' studios, a gift shop, high-tech auditorium, and a classroom and is best known for its challenging and intriguing exhibitions.

Featuring some fantastic exhibits, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is a great attraction for visitors of all ages and persuasions. The dinosaur gallery is a favourite with most visitors, where skeletons of Tuojiangosaurusand Yangchuanosaurustower over awe-inspired visitors. View the Elephant Bird egg in the Hall of Birds, walk through the seven continents' range of mammals in the Hall of Mammals, take a stroll though the beautiful Butterfly Garden or ponder your very existence in the Charles Darwin and Evolution exhibit. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there are constantly changing special exhibits on display.

The Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves and interprets the history of American enterprise and is a non-profit educational institution. With a range of exhibitions, some changing on an annual basis, there is so much to learn at the Hagley Museum. Visitors can experience nineteenth-century living on Workers' Hill, visit the Powder Yard, where massive stone mills, storehouses, and a waterwheel echo the times when water was the source of energy, and tour the Eleutherian Mills, a mansion that has been home to five generations of the famous du Pont family and features breathtaking views over the Brandywine Valley.

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