No other town in Delaware is as family-friendly and business-friendly as Millsboro. This city ranks first among 25 cities in Sussex County with the highest population growth indicator. This charming town, with lots of beautiful scenery, is on the Indian River not more than 20 miles (32.18km) away from coastal communities of Ocean City, Lewes, and the beaches of Rehoboth, Bethany, and Dewey. It’s attractive to families looking for a place to settle because of its low crime rate and property taxes. Businesses easily flourish with their no sales tax law. In fact, big corporations like Merck and Delmarva Health Pavillion have established their home base here. It’s also home to the Nanticoke Tribe, the town’s first settlers responsible for its rich culture and trading system. Visit this amazing historic town and check out our list of things to do in Millsboro. Read on and try them all.
1. Visit the Nanticoke Indian Museum
Near the beaches along Oak Orchard is Delaware’s lone museum dedicated to its first inhabitants and Native Americans – the Nanticoke Indian Museum. It was declared a National Historic Landmark by the Federal Government. The Nanticoke tribe also called Tidewater people, played a big role in the town’s trading history. The museum exhibits a collection of artifacts handed down from several generations of elders while some were donated. The building is made up of two exhibit rooms showing ancient tools, weapons, clothing, animal skins, and a wooden canoe used in collecting seafood and for traveling. There’s a gift shop selling authentic Nanticoke crafts.
Nanticoke Indian Museum
Address: 27073 John J Williams Hwy, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Nanticoke Indian Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm (from April - December); Thu - Sat: 10am - 4pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm (from January to March)
Price: 1 USD
2. Play golf at Peninsula Golf & Country Club
Golf aficionados will love this exclusive golf and country club and its luxurious amenities. They offer three kinds of memberships that include use of the signature golf greens (for free or at a discounted rate); the privilege to own and rent property like vacation rentals; and access to the swimming pool, tennis courts, the gym, bars, restaurants, and other club facilities. Expect the membership fees to be pricey for all the lavish comforts you receive in exchange. The huge property offers everything you need for a perfect holiday and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep you entertained.
Peninsula Golf & Country Club
Address: 32981 Peninsula Esplanade, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Peninsula Golf & Country Club
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)
Price: By membership only. Price available upon request.
3. Go bowling at Millsboro Lanes
Are you aiming for a “turkey” (in bowling jargon – three strikes in a row)? Practice your bowling arm in Millsboro’s impressive 24-lane bumper bowling Center. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art bowling lanes and also features a snack bar, an arcade, a USBC center, and a pro shop. Their above-average bowling center meals are made from high-quality meats and seafood. Book their Birthday and Corporate party packages and play bowling while bonding with family and friends at special rates. If you are feeling less than competitive and just want to chill out and enjoy good food, then visit Millsboro lanes!
Address: 213 Mitchell St, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Millsboro Lanes
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 2pm - 11pm; Mon & Thu: 10am - 11pm; Tue, Wed & Fri: 12pm - 11pm
Price: 4.50 USD
4. Go sailing at Malone's Bayside Marina
Another View of the our Water way from the Bait shopPosted by Malones Bayside Marina on Saturday, 4 April 2015
Malone’s Bayside Marina offers options for an affordable outdoor vacation right beside the lovely shores of Delaware. It’s a friendly community situated on the waterways of Long Neck Peninsula and Rehoboth Bay near the beach and golf courses. The lush surroundings are perfect for the RV and trailer park of the Marina where you will find shelter during a fishing trip or while boating in the nearby docks. You can rent these on an annual, monthly, weekly, or seasonal basis. The marina also has a boat-fueling station, boat slips, and a shop selling bait and tackle.
Malone's Bayside Marina
Address: 36085 Long Neck Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Malone’s Bayside Marina
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
5. Indulge in seafood at Blue Water Grill
Satisfy your seafood cravings at Blue Water Grill. The restaurant serves the freshest locally sourced seafood and delicious farm-to-table dishes paired with quality local and imported beer. Their customized catering services offer menus created depending on the seasonal availability of the ingredients. You will be surprised that their top-notch cuisine is very affordable! The restaurant has a seating capacity of 120 people and lots of free parking. Have a quick lunch, throw a party or stay for happy hour, surrounded by the coolest ambiance, local artwork, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Blue Water Grill
Address: 226 Main St, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Blue Water Grill
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 9pm
6. Chill out in Cupola Park
Cupola Park is a lush and lovely place with many things to do and see. Located on the tidal Indian River, it provides opportunities for fishing, boating, and kayaking. The tree-lined park has a lot of shady areas, perfect for an afternoon playtime with the kids at the playground, and on Chalk Street where they draw on the pavement using chalk, to their hearts’ delight. There’s a gorgeous pavilion with lots of picnic tables and park benches, making it perfect for family gatherings, having a barbecue picnic, hosting major events like weddings, or watching outdoor concerts.
Address: Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Cupola Park
Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)
7. Get a spa treatment at New Relaxation
In Millsboro, the best place for a good massage and spa treatment is at New Relaxation along Dupont Blvd. They open late in the morning until late in the evening, so you have lots of time to catch up with their massage treatments. You are in the professional hands of Marilyn, the owner, who specializes in reflexology or foot therapy, deep tissue massage, and acupressure. Relax and unwind those tensed up muscles after a grueling day at work. Locals highly recommend this place to relax those knots in your muscles!
Address: 28544 Dupont Blvd, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: New Relaxation
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
8. Visit Riverdale Park
Riverdale Park is a privately owned community filled with lovely townhomes, lush trees and landscaping, a huge community pool, and easy access to the beach. The lavish waterfront townhomes are ideal for raising a small family or when settling in for your retirement. It’s also a great base for a vacation by the beach or when you want to explore the local sites like the Nanticoke Indian Museum. With so many options for rentals and property ownership, you may just want to settle down in this friendly neighborhood for good.
Address: 28301 Chief Rd Millsboro, Delaware 19966
Website: Riverdale Park
9. Buy local products at The Farm Stand
The Farm Stand at the Givens is owned by a family of farmers. They started with a small cart selling their farm fresh produce by the roadside in Laurel, DE. In 2016, they opened a lovely store in Millsboro still using the honor system in selling their crops, homemade jams, ice cream, jellies, sweet treats, cider, and snacks, flowers, and assorted gift items. They offer a unique crop-sharing system where you commit to an amount and they provide the farming and home delivery of your share of the produce. They also host community and fundraising events.
The Farm Stand
Address: 29930 John J. Williams Hwy. Millsboro, DE 19966
Website: The Farm Stand
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
10. Enjoy pizza at Millsboro Pizza Palace
The town’s favorite Italian restaurant and pizzeria has been operating for 20 years, serving families and the community with the best homemade pasta and pizza dishes. They serve all your favorite Italian dishes and desserts for lunch and dinner. They also have a special kids’ menu. Their amicable staff and cozy family-and-kid friendly ambiance are available all days of the week. Book a reservation for a large party, a small family gathering, or an intimate date ahead of time. Your dining experience will be unforgettable! You can order online and they do home deliveries. They also offer take-out and catering services.
Millsboro Pizza Palace
Address: 28544 Dupont Blvd #2, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Millsboro Pizza Palace
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11m - 11pm
11. Indulge in tasty desserts at Nana & Pops Ice Cream & Italian Waterice
Nana & Pops serves the town’s best gourmet Italian Waterice and Ice Cream. Their homemade concoctions are made with fresh ingredients and Hershey’s ice cream. It goes well with any kind of dessert. They also serve one-of-a-kind specialty sweets like Pumpkin Spice shakes and Brownie Batter in flavors like Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle, Blueberry Cheesecake, Orange Pineapple, Praline Pecan, and Candy Bar Overload. Their colorful and kid-friendly interiors make their shop warm and welcoming for families. The ice cream is served in a soft serve cone and in containers of varying sizes, perfect for dining in or take-out.
Nana & Pops Ice Cream & Italian Waterice
Address: 32369 Long Neck Rd #6681, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Opening hours: Sun: 12pm - 8pm; Mon - Thu: 1pm - 8pm: Fri - Sat: 12pm - 9pm
12. Buy customized artwork from 2nd Time Designs
2nd Time Designs creates artistic masterpieces from old recycled and throwaway materials. This group of artists has a creative way of re-purposing junk items by transforming them into beautiful sculptures that are used to decorate your home, lawn, entrance hall, poolside, and property. You can call them to give a donation or have a piece of artwork custom designed. Each artwork has a unique design, numbered, date-authenticated, and autographed by the artist. These brightly colored pieces are created to withstand all types of environments. They are guaranteed to make your surroundings livelier and put smiles on everyone’s faces.
2nd Time Designs
Address: 26380 John J Williams Hwy, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: 2nd Time Designs
13. Take art classes at Millsboro Art League
Thanks to the Town of MIllsboro for providing grant money for new signs.Posted by Greater Millsboro Art League on Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Millsboro Art League is an art gallery that has a vast exhibit of artwork in various themes. They aim to educate and inspire aspiring artists. Aside from hosting art events and exhibits, they also offer art lessons and workshops that are ideal for kids and families. Learn basic sketching, creating ornaments from fused glass, and more. Check their website for the schedules of the lessons and the artist instructing the class. These are offered at a limited time only and will change frequently. It’s a fun way to spend time with the family and bring out the artist in you!
Millsboro Art League
Address: 203 Main St, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Millsboro Art League
Opening hours: Varies
Price: From 15 USD
14. Buy souvenirs at Charlotte's Garden Market
Charlotte’s Garden Market is an addition to the famous farm called Charlotte’s Secret Garden. Local produce like coffee, apples, potatoes, and other fruits are sold here. They also sell ice cream of Frozen Farmers, vintage furniture, old books, and other pre-loved items. They also hold events that gather local artists, musicians, crafters, vendors, and food trucks from nearby areas to attract tourists and buyers to the farm. Aside from shopping, visitors can also have picnics with their families and take naps in the hammocks under the shade of the trees.
Charlotte’s Garden Market
Address: 30541 Gum Rd Millsboro, Delaware
Website: Charlotte’s Garden Market
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
15. Shop at the Antique Mall of Millsboro
Do you want to go antique shopping? Some collectible items spark a pleasant memory of your past that makes it worth keeping. A piece of antique is a wonderful accent to a modern room and could be a focal point for your interiors. Here at Millsboro Antiques Mall, there is a wide selection of collectibles and antiques sold by various merchants from every corner of the county. Visit the mall when you feel nostalgic and you’ll definitely find a keepsake that will brighten your day!
Antique Mall of Millsboro
Address: 201 Washington St, Millsboro, DE 19966, United States
Website: Antique Mall of Millsboro
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)
An authentic Southern experience
A town rich with history, beautiful scenery, and natural resources is definitely a place you would want to visit or move to. No wonder Millsboro topped the list of Sussex County’s cities. With so many things to do and try in this city, it’s a must that you include Millsboro in your travel plans!
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