5 free things in and around Wilmington, Delaware

November 13, 2014 3:51 PM

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The history of Delaware's largest city, Wilmington, stretches back to 1638, when a Swedish ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, landed with two dozen settlers. Today the area offers not only history but also contemporary art and nature walks along the riverfront. Many of these attractions are also free — an extra bonus for budget-conscious shoppers drawn to Delaware because there's no sales tax.

Wilmington's Riverwalk is home to a series of birdhouses resembling real houses with elaborate windows, doors, chimneys and siding. They were created by artist Thomas Burke, who drew inspiration from work by the late painter Andrew Wyeth, whose landscapes often depict weathered rural homes. (One bir...

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