10 Things to Do in New Castle That You Shouldn't Miss

New Castle, Delaware, "the first capital of the first state," was founded in 1651. Having been home to Native Americans, the Dutch, and the British, New Castle truly is a "uniquely American place." The Amstel House is a Georgian mansion dating back to 1730. The Dutch House has survived from an even earlier period, featuring furnishings from the 17th century. With ancient graveyards, town greens, old churches and traditional English gardens, New Castle brings history alive.

1. Battery Park

Waterfront, New Castle, DE 19720 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Battery Park

Reviewed By RonB4610 - New Castle, DelawareNew Castle, Delaware

Great park for walking

Battery Park is a great place to walk along the waterfront. Old New Castle has several restaurants and shops. Lots of history here including old courthouse, statues, etc. Restaurants including Penns Place, Nora Lee's, and Jessops. Special events during th

2. Read House and Gardens

42 The Strand, New Castle, DE 19720-4826 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Read House and Gardens

Reviewed By annath0mp - TennesseeTennessee

Stunning

The read house and gardens were spectacular! The house was gorgeous and worth the time and money to see! The garden was well-maintained and beautiful. It was very cool to see what life was like for the rich many years ago. The only downside to the visit w

3. New Castle Farmer's Market

110 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720-3102 Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4 based on 102 reviews

New Castle Farmer's Market

Reviewed By RonB4610 - New Castle, DelawareNew Castle, Delaware

You want it then it's here

The Farmers Market in New Castle is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The outside is a flea market. The inside is an Amish market with groceries, meat and fish market, get a haircut or buy a phone or jewelry. I ate at Mama Gina's pizza. You have to stop i

4. New Castle Court House

211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720-4815 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Government Buildings
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

New Castle Court House

Delaware approved the Declaration of Independence in this building, which was constructed in 1732.

Reviewed By tommyb602 - Finger Lakes, New YorkFinger Lakes, New York

Very Informative History Lesson

We have been traveling back and forth between Pennsylvania and Delaware for most of the last week. We had heard about Delaware being the three counties of Pennsylvania, but really did not know why. We came to New Castle hoping to learn. We now know.We ent

5. New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal

30 Market St, New Castle, DE 19720-4830 Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal

The New Castle Visitor Center at The Arsenal is the place to begin your visit to Historic New Castle. Inside you will find information on the restaurants, shops, museums, and historic sites in town. You can also watch a brief orientation video and pick up the free self-guided walking tour. Tickets for tours of the Amstel House and Dutch House Museums are available for purchase. The Arsenal also has two rental rooms available for parties, meetings, and other occasions. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Sunday, 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Reviewed By JimSTL1021 - Saint Louis, MissouriSaint Louis, Missouri

Great Place to Get Oriented to New Castle!

Entering this facility you are greeted by warm, friendly hosts that can answer most all of your questions about New Castle, give you a docent tour of this historic building & even offer lunch suggestions. The NPS passport stamps are also available here ne

6. Dutch House Museum and Gardens

32 E 3rd St, New Castle, DE 19720-5006 Museums, Sights & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Dutch House Museum and Gardens

This house dates back to the late 1600s and is documented to be the oldest structure in town, and the second oldest in the state. The Dutch House is a rare example of an early Colonial-era middle class family home.

Reviewed By DrPaulS - Sturbridge, MassachusettsSturbridge, Massachusetts

Charming Small Historic House

This can also be combined with the Amstel House (recommended). This is very Dutch worker's house nicely restored with a small garden also for visiting. Seen by tour of about one hour with a very knowledgable guide. The upstairs is not open (difficult stai

7. Amstel House Museum and Gardens

2 E 4th St, New Castle, DE 19720-5014 Sights & Landmarks, Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Amstel House Museum and Gardens

The Amstel House is the first mansion in Delaware and was home to an early Governor. Originally known as "The Corner," this was the most important home in the late 1700s. High society came to this house, including George Washington, who attended a wedding here.

Reviewed By K I - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

First Delaware Mansion

Exceptional tour guides in the mansion. Learned a wealth of information about New Castle, the mansion and the people that resided in the mansion and New Castle. Beautiful preservation of the mansion and furnished with time period items. Stand where George

8. Immanuel Episcopal Church

New Castle, DE Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Immanuel Episcopal Church

Reviewed By jkbreretongmailcom - New Castle, DelawareNew Castle, Delaware

Beautiful and loving

Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green is a beautiful historic church in the center of Old New Castle; a small colonial rooted city rich with history, period correct architecture, and atmosphere. Immanuel ' s congregation is very warm and open to receivin

9. Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix

4060 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720-6314 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
Excellent
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4 based on 16 reviews

Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix

Reviewed By mattb898 - Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!

My buddy get me a membership that came with 2 free races as a Christmas gift. It was a GREAT gift. I'm 44yo and still had a blast racing around the track. The go carts are quick, just fast enough to get your blood flowing. The staff was friendly. I am 6'4

10. Our Lady Queen of Peace Statue

12 Winder Rd, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, New Castle, DE 19720-1290 Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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Reviewed By Renie D - Collinsville, OK, United StatesCollinsville, OK, United States

34' Steel Statue of Mary Queen of Peace

This is an amazing piece of art. She can be seen from the Deleware Memorial Bridge and Highway 295. But take the time to go stand next to her in person. She is quite inspiring. Mary is made with strips of medal welded together and has amazing details. Peo

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