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Top Affordable Day Trips in Delaware

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Day Trips in Delaware

For a state that has just three counties, and is only 96 miles long from north to south, day trips in Delaware are packed with plenty of fun and affordable things to do! Make sure to plan your DE day trip before the summer ends. They are known for having some of the nation’s top-rated beaches!

Day Trips in DE

Tax-Free Shopping– If you’re planning a “shopping day”, the best place to head is Delaware; after all, it’s a tax-free shopping state! There are plenty of places to shop, including the Christiana Mall near Newark, which is an upscale shopping destination featuring an Apple Store, a brand new Cabela’s, and other anchor stores like Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, and JC Penney’s. Continue your shopping spree south to the Rehoboth Beach Tanger Outlets. The Tanger Outlets offer outlet shopping at name brand and designer factory outlet stores where you can find great deals – and yes, all TAX-FREE!

State Parks– Delaware has a variety of state parks that provide visitors with miles of trails and waterways to explore. Keep in mind there is a small entrance fee at each of the parks, so frequent visitors should consider purchasing an annual pass. An annual pass allows your vehicle and its occupant’s unlimited year-round entry into all 14 state parks without having to pay any daily entrance fees. The pass costs $35 for Delaware state registered vehicles, and $70 for out-of-state registered vehicles. The pass will allow you to enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, and more at all parks within the state.

Air Mobility Command Museum – The Air Mobility Command Museum is part of the National Museum of the United States Air Force field museum system. Volunteers at the museum instruct you on the principles of flight, including take-off, flying patterns, and landing at Dover Air Force Base. In addition, visitors 10 years-of-age and older can fly any of the museum aircrafts on their flight simulator! How cool is that? The museum is open Tuesday- Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission and parking are free!

Top-Rated Beaches– Delaware is known for having some of the nation’s top-rated beaches, including Dewey and Rehoboth beach, which were ranked as two of the nation’s cleanest beaches by the Natural Resources Defense council. According to, Bethany beach was named “one of the top 10 Best Beaches for Families by Family Vacation Critic and is known as one of the ‘Best Secret Beaches’ by Travel + Leisure Magazine.”  Each provides an abundance of local festivals, boardwalks, and shopping to enjoy. Click here to discover top-rated attractions at each.

Du Pont Mansions- The beautiful Brandywine Valley, located in Wilmington, offers three different tours of the most elegant mansions in the country. They are Nemours Mansion & Gardens; Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; and Hagley Museum and Library, which are all part of the Du Pont family’s rich history. The Winterthur museum, Garden, and Library hosts an Enchanted Woods where kids can explore the Troll Bridge or take a walk through the Fairy Flower Labyrinth. Costs for guided tours of the estates or walks through the gardens range from $10-$20.

Make the most of the end-of-summer season by heading to Delaware for one these affordable day trips the whole family will enjoy. Short on funds? Mariner Finance can help! We make loans for any reason, and will work with you to find a solution that best fits your budget and needs. Contact your local Mariner Finance branch today to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff and get the money you need today!

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