Living, Local / April 26, 2017

Spring Fever: Events & Activities in and around Northern Delaware

Happy Spring, everyone!  The weather here in Delaware has been so unpredictable lately.  We’ve seen everything from snow to 75-degree days over the last two weeks, but I’m cautiously optimistic that the worst of the wintry weather is behind us.  The sun is shining a little brighter, my house plants have perked up, and everything seems to be saying “ahhhhhh”.

I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold out, I have a tendency to go into introvert hibernation mode and spend most of my free time camped out in the comfort of our house with a cozy blanket and Netflix or a good book.  Now that spring is officially here, I’m looking forward to getting outside and taking advantage of all our local area has to offer.

Here are a few of the events, sights, and activities in and around Delaware I’m most looking forward to in the coming weeks:

Broadway’s Once at the Playhouse Theatre on Rodney Square (Wilmington, Delaware)

This is technically still an indoor activity, but JC and I have wanted to see Once on Broadway for a long time and could never make the timing work.  When I saw the musical tour was making a stop in Wilmington this coming weekend, I scooped up tickets immediately.  Another bonus – although it would have been great to see the show in NYC, we saved quite a bit on tickets and travel expenses by seeing the show locally.

Spring Blooms and Fountain Garden Reopening at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

We have a family membership to Longwood Gardens, so we can visit as often as we want to see the seasonal displays and exhibits.  Early Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the formal gardens, with all of the colorful blooms on full display beginning April 1st.  Longwood is also home to the most significant fountain collection in the United States, and later this Spring, the Main Fountain Garden reopens after a major two-year renovation project.  I’m looking forward to seeing a Fountain and Fireworks show in the renovated garden; it’s sure to be spectacular.

Kayaking at Lums Pond State Park (Bear, Delaware)

Delaware is home to some amazing state parks and beautiful beaches.  We are lucky to live a short drive from Lums Pond, one of our favorite places to spend a relaxing family day.  We like to pack a cooler in the morning, kayak for a couple of hours, and then find a quiet spot to have a picnic lunch.  You can bring your own kayaks or rent them (along with paddle boats and canoes) at the park for a small hourly fee.  It’s such a fun, low-cost and stress-free way to spend a nice day.

2017 Philly Farm & Food Fest/Vegan Eats in the City (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Philly Farm & Food Fest is an annual day-long event showcasing some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best farmers, locally-sourced restaurants, brewers, food artisans, and grocers – sounds amazing!  I was also SUPER excited to check out the 2017 Philly VegFest, a vegan food festival, but that event has been postponed indefinitely due to a death in the organization.  I’m continuing to check back for updates.  Thankfully, Philly is also home to some amazing vegan restaurants.  Two I can’t wait to check out are Vedge, widely known as one of the best restaurants in Philly (vegan or otherwise), and its laid back sister restaurant, V Street.  I’ve heard they are incredible!

Constitution Yards Beer Garden (Wilmington, Delaware)

Constitution Yards seasonal beer garden is set to reopen along the Wilmington Riverfront this Spring for its second season.  This quickly became a favorite post-work happy hour hangout last year.  It’s a great place to unwind in the sun with friends (or your pups!), enjoy some craft beers, and even play Frisbee or a game of corn hole.

profile What local activities are you most looking forward to this spring?  Let’s compare notes.

Wishing you a lovely season!



Megan Hughes

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