Once a harsh industrial environment dotted with dilapidated warehouses, Wilmington's recently revitalized riverfront district along the Christina River is now a thriving destination replete with several cultural attractions, entertainment venues,
Once a harsh industrial environment dotted with dilapidated warehouses, Wilmington's recently revitalized riverfront district along the Christina River is now a thriving destination replete with several cultural attractions, entertainment venues, fine dining establishments and excellent shopping outlets. It is also home to the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Delaware's premier conference and meeting facility.
One of the area's top draws is undoubtedly the Riverfront Market, a 10,000-square-foot former furniture warehouse. The market is now home to dozens of vendors who sell fresh produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, flowers, coffee, pasta and gourmet treats. The riverfront is also home to the Shipyard Shops, the first major retail project to open in Wilmington in more than 40 years. Here, almost 200,000 square feet of tax-free shopping awaits guests.
The area's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park is a 2.4-acre park that hosts many annual public events, such as the Riverfront Blues Festival and DuPont Riverfest. Next to the park, the majestic Kalmar Nyckel is docked. This hand-built replica was designed after the Swedish ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to the banks of the Christina River in 1638. Guests can explore the ship's striking features, including its 10-story-tall main mast, 10 cannons, 7,500 square feet of sails, and six miles of rigging.
Visitors can make sure to catch all of the excitement Riverfront Wilmington has to offer on the 1.3-mile-long Riverwalk path. The pathway offers pedestrian access along more than 5,000 trees and shrubs, 36,000 grasses, perennials and annuals, and 27,600 wetland plants. The riverfront area can also be explored via the River Taxi, a 36-passenger boat that can be boarded from six docks along the riverfront.
Meeting planners can take advantage of the riverfront's gorgeous setting at the 120-square-foot Hare Pavilion, which overlooks the Christina River. The landscaped area surrounding the pavilion can accommodate up to 300 guests for private or community events. The River Taxi boat can also be reserved for private events.