New! Historic EcoTour - A River Runs Through It

Need a break from laying on the beach?  Or are you looking for something to do on a rainy Wednesday between June and September?  Maybe you are looking for an educational day camp experience for your children or grandchildren?  Add this tour to your bucket list of fun things to do this summer.

On this 5-6 hour beach side trip, you'll enjoy a comfortable, informative visit to 3 historic venues in nearby Milford, a town that's rich in history relating to the river that runs through it, the Mispillion River.  Today, Milford is known as a thriving and growing art town, river town and hometown.  But historians know, there is a lot more to be told about Milford.    

  • You'll visit the Milford Museum where the guide will share rich history as you visit the museum and walk along the Milford River Walk which runs along the Mispillion River.  This walking tour will take you around the downtown portion of the Mispillion Riverwalk to see the beauty of the river at work. While traversing the area, your guide will tell you about the history of the river, from the time of Native Americans to modern day. Learn about Milford’s historically largest industry, shipbuilding, and discover how ships have changed the Mispillion over time.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • We'll break for lunch (optional fee) or you can spend the time exploring downtown Milford.  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  You're welcome to brown bag it and lay down a blanket for a picnic someplace along the Milford Riverwalk.  There are several locations in Milford to eat within walking distance.  Arenas (Milford with Outdoor Seating along the River), Park Place (indoor seating along the river) and La Hacienda on Walnut Street.  On Front Street, you find Bibi's RestaurantBenvenuto, and for those of you with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out My Sister's Fault, voted Best Bakery Downstate.  If you choose to not eat, you will have time to explore Downtown Milford during the allocated time.
  • After a lunch break in downtown Milford, we will depart at 12:25 p.m. to visit the DuPont Nature center, located at the mouth of the Mispillion River.  You'll visit the DuPont Nature Center where your visit will begin with a 20 minute naturalist-led program about the history of this part of the Mispillion River and the importance of the Mispillion Harbor to horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. Enjoy picturesque views of the Mispillion Harbor and Delaware Bay. Explore exhibits designed to connect you with the Mispillion River and Delaware Bay’s natural history and ecology. View live aquatic species and check out the wildlife visiting the harbor through the center’s live osprey cam and Mispillion Harbor cam.   12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Lastly, we will meander along the Bayshore Byway learning about the area as we head to our third stop at Abbott's Mill.  This historic working grain mill located at the headwaters of the Mispillion River and is under the good care of the Delaware Nature Society.  You'll have time to stroll along the serene tree lined boardwalk next to the water.  What a thrill it will be to feel the water turbine rumble to life as it powers milling equipment from the 1800s, including grist stones and roller mills.  Birders will enjoy lots of bird sightings here as well. 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m..
  • Return to the beach area at aprox. 4 - 4:30 p.m. (or the Milford Museum for those meeting us at the Museum around 3:30 p.m.)

Included in the tour:

  • Local Transportation from the Beach Areas or within a 20 mile radius of Milford
  • Admission to Tours/Activities at 3 Stops
  • Free time allocated for lunch
  • Photography and Photo Props
  • We Make All Reservations for You
  • Snacks and Bottled Water
  • Masks if Desired
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Milford Handouts and Coupons for Your Next Visit

Offered Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. June - September

This tour is great for families, small groups, people who love history, birders, small town lovers, those with a shipbuilding interest, day trippers, kids, grandparents.

Fine Print

  • Gratuity is extra and customary for your driver at 20%
  • BYOB is allowed.
  • Lunch is extra - prices range from $8-$15pp.
  • The minimum group size for this tour is 7-8 people.
  • The maximum group size is 25 people.
  • There is a minimum age of 5 to go inside the grain mill.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and the children must remain under the adult's supervision during the tour.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking, bug spray, money for shopping and tipping your driver, sunscreen, and a camera if you'd like.
  • Please let us know if you need extra time to install a booster or child seat in our shuttle.  We do not provide them.
  • Venues are ADA accessible, however, participants must be able to enter/exit our shuttle which can involve 2-3 steps up.  We can reserve the seat next to the door for anyone who may be in a wheelchair.
  • All participants 18 and up must sign our liability waiver.

Priced per Person (Kids and Adults)

  • $49pp for Those Groups Meeting Your Tour Guides in Milford, Delaware
  • $59pp For Those Groups being Transported from the Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey area
  • $69pp for Those Groups being Transported from the Bethany, Millville, Oceanview, Fenwick areas.

Offered Only on Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. June - September

Click here for more information on Southern Delaware history.  For more information on Milford, De, visit the Chamber of Commerce website or their Facebook page.

Also available:  Watersports & YOGA services through our watersports division, Delmarva Board Sports.  Check out our Paddleboard Yoga classes and consider adding this experience on the same day or alternate day.

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