Flights to Wilmington
Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware, towards the northern tip of the state. The city was originally founded as Fort Christina in 1638, by Swedish colonists. Eventually, the British influence took over the area and the city was renamed after the Earl of Wilmington, who didn’t actually have any direct connection to the city.
The nearest international airport to Wilmington is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is about a half an hour’s drive away. It’s the best choice for a flight to Wilmington. There are no direct or non-stop flights from Johannesburg, but there are several options for either a 1-stop or 2-stop flight. Virgin Atlantic has a single connection in London, and Swiss Air stops once in Zurich. A flight on British Airways stops first in London and then again in New York before arriving in Philadelphia. Other airlines that have 2-stop routes include Delta Airlines and Air France.
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The Tourist Attractions in Wilmington:
Wilmington is an attractive city that has an interesting mix of attractions including historical, modern, museums, and parks.
Brandywine Zoo is situated within Brandywine Park, on North Park Drive near the river. The zoo covers about 13 acres of the grounds, and is home to 150 animals from around the world. There are exhibits with leopards, pythons, lizards, monkeys and many more. You can visit all year-round and there is a small admission fee.
Delaware Art Museum
Much of the art collection at the Delaware Art Museum comes from local and American artists, such as Howard Pyle and John Sloan. They also have the largest collection of “pre-Raphaelite” art in the United States, with works from Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The museum is open weekends, but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free on Sundays. It is located on the Kentmere Parkway, and there is a gift shop and a cafe on the premises.
Delaware History Museum
Housed in an old Woolworth store on Market Street, the Delaware History Museum is filled with changing displays of Wilmington and Delaware historical items. You can find photographs, clothing, furniture, pottery and wartime memorabilia as well.
The original Kalmar Nyckel was a Dutch merchant ship that brought the Swedish settlers who were colonizing the area. A reproduction of the ship has been built, and has its home port in the shipyard on Seventh Street. The ship does sail between various Delaware locations, and may not always be available for tours in Wilmington.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
The Nemours Mansion is a country estate on 300 acres, complete with formal flower gardens. This stunning building was designed in a French chateau style, and the 70 rooms are furnished with 18th century French antiques and artwork. The outdoor gardens include a hedge maze, and a 40-foot reflecting pool. It’s recommended that you book a tour ahead of time, and the grounds may be closed during the winter.
When Should You Visit?:
Though located near the coast, Wilmington can get quite warm during the summers. July is hottest with highs of 30C (86F), with June and August a few degrees cooler. Winters between December and February are usually just above freezing. Late spring and most of the autumn are ideal for visiting, though September can get warm at 25C (77F) during the day.