Nestled in New Castle County, just a short drive from the bustling metropolis of Wilmington, Middletown effortlessly blends a rich historical heritage with modern amenities and a thriving economy.
With a growing population of approximately 25,000 residents, Middletown provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic and memorable experience.
The history of the city traces its roots back to the late 17th century when it was settled by English colonists. As you walk around the historic downtown district, you’ll encounter well-preserved buildings that harken back to the town’s early days.
Let’s have a look together at the 10 things to do in Middletown, DE:
1. Stroll through Downtown Middletown
The charming main street in the historic district is a great place to start your visit while enjoying all that the downtown has to offer and if you get tired from too much walking around you can stop at Starbucks for a coffee.
For lunch, you can grab a bite at Metro Diner located at 745 Middletown Warwick Rd, and taste some American typical food.
2. Visit Old Hall Museum
Located on Broad Street near downtown Middletown, Old Hall was built around 1820-1830 and is home to some amazing artifacts from Colonial Delaware. Inside the museum, you can find furniture from the colonial era as well as local artifacts and information about the early settlers of this small brick village. It’s free admission, but donations are appreciated for those wanting to support the local community.
3. Taste Local Spirits at Painted Stave Distilling
Located just east of Downtown Middletown off Highway 13 (towards Odessa), Painted Stave is a craft distillery offering tours and tastings of their unique whiskey and specialty spirits from April through November each Saturday between noon & 5 pm (21+ only).
They also hold private events such as corporate gatherings or bachelor/bachelorette parties – field trips for adults, so better check the place before your visit to make sure the place is not reserved for a private event.
4. Shop at Big Oyster Brewery
If you want to enjoy the beach, head to Lewes, located about 1 hour drive from Middletown. Here you can make a stop at the Big Oyster Brewery and shop snacks and specialty treats like oysters Rockafeller style or local craft beer cheese brats, and fresh seafood for takeout – think Chesapeake blue crabs and clams steamed right there onsite.
5. Have Fun At Mansion House Farm Paintball
Just 15 mins away from downtown Middletown, you can have fun with your friends playing paintball for a couple of hours. They have 4 different fields you can choose from.
For prices, please check their website for updated information.
6. Explore the charming village of Odessa
Located about 8 minutes away from Middletown, Odessa should be on your list of things to visit. This city is a small historic town with super well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture.
People come here to admire the houses that are pretty well preserved. Some worth adding to your list are The Corbit-Sharp House, Wilson-Warner House, and Collins-Sharp House.
You can find the village at 201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730.
7. Catch a show or take a behind-the-scenes tour at the Everett Theatre
This historic theater that dates back to 1922, hosts a variety of live performances, including plays, musicals, and concerts. It it happen to have any event during your visit, this is a nice way of spending a couple of hours while in Middletown.
You can find the theatre at 47 W Main St, Middletown, DE 19709.
8. Visit the Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House
Built in 1785, this house played a role in the abolitionist movement, being one of the oldest surviving meeting houses in Delaware and reflecting the Quaker heritage and traditions of the region. The house is open to the public for guided tours, offering insights into Delaware’s Quaker heritage.
You can find this house at 619 N. Bunker Hill Road, Middletown, DE 19709.
9. Go for a movie at the Westown Movies
The theater showcases a wide range of movies, including the latest blockbusters, independent films, and family-friendly releases. Whether you’re into action-packed adventures, heartfelt dramas, or hilarious comedies, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste at Westown Movies.
10. Head to the Frog Hollow Golf Club & Restaurant
Located not far from the city center, you can head to the Frog Hollow Golf Club & Restaurant weather to play some golf or just enjoy a lunch with a view.
This is a beautiful and well-maintained golf course. It offers an enjoyable and challenging experience for golfers of all skill levels.