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While Dover may be Delaware’s capital city, Wilmington and Newark are at its cultural and industrial heart. Here, you will find the best and newest in fine dining, arts, and entertainment, while also enjoying the state’s more historical and traditional landmarks. Discover just how much there is to do and see in the USA’s second smallest state.

Where to Stay in Wilmington-Newark, Delaware

Wondering where to stay in Wilmington-Newark, Delaware? Of course, the best area to stay in if you want to be near all the action is Downtown Wilmington. Why not catch a show at the gorgeous Grand Opera House? If you are looking for plays, then check out the Delaware Theatre Company on the riverfront. Alternatively, the Dupont Theatre, is great for Broadway shows, concerts, and stand-up comedy. Recently joining these three in entertainment value is the World Café Life at the Queen.

For more historical things to do, check out Fort Christina Park. It was the first Swedish settlement on the continent and sits near the Brandywine River and Christina River. Nearby, check out the Old Swedes Church, which dates all the way back to the late 1600s. If you prefer learning more about Delaware’s history, then head over to the Historical Society and the History Museum.

Should you be hoping to get outdoors more, then check out hotels near any of these parks and attractions. With over 12 acres and 150 animals, the Brandywine Zoo is great for an afternoon out. Enjoy some riverfront views at the Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington Riverwalk, or the New Castle Battery Park. Another gorgeous area is Bellevue State Park. Once the Du Pont family estate, it has over 300 acres of trails, courts, ponds, and more. Do not miss Rockwood Park, while you are visiting Bellevue. The Gothic manor and gardens date back to the mid-1800s.

Save all your shopping for the Christiana Mall. Delaware does not have a sales tax, so the prices you see on the tags are what you will actually pay. If you are planning on visiting Philadelphia as well, then you may want to stay in North Wilmington. This way, you will still be able to easily access to Downtown Wilmington, but you will be closer to major Philadelphia attractions as well. More than that, it is close to Fort Delaware State Park, which served as a Civil War fortress.

3, 4, and 5 star hotels in Wilmington-Newark, Delaware

Overall, there are over 351 hotels in Wilmington starting at . There are only two 5 star hotels near Wilmington, which are located in Philadelphia. You can expect the finest in luxury accommodations from on-site dining, room service, room service, free WiFi, premium bedding, designer toiletries, fitness centers, valet parking, and more.

For in-town accommodation, you can also choose between 39 4 star hotels in and around Wilmington. Amenities are similar and include on-site dining, breakfast options, premium bedding, free WiFi, free toiletries, meeting rooms, valet parking, concierge services, and more. With over 116 3 star hotels in Wilmington, you will have plenty of options as well.

Hotels Near Wilmington-Newark Airports

Unfortunately, there are no longer commercial flights that go to Wilmington Airport. The closest is Philadelphia International Airport. The Philadelphia airport is largest in the Delaware Valley and offers direct flights to destinations all around the country and the world. It is still a good 40-minutes away from Wilmington, so you may want to stay at one of the 391 hotels nearby.