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Introducing Wilmington

Wilmington Travel Guide helps you prepare for your trip to Wilmington, Delaware. You can find here travel information for going to the city and moving about it. A list of the places of interest in Wilmington is also provided here.

About Wilmington

Wilmington is the biggest city in Delaware. It is located at the confluence of the Christina River and the Brandywine Creek. It is also the county seat of New Castle County, the most populous county in Delaware.

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Wilmington traces its history to the establishment of Fort Christina by Swedish settlers in 1638. It served as the headquarters of the colony of New Sweden which included much of the lower Delaware River region, including areas in present-day Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The area came under British rule in 1664. By the late part of the 18th century, the place was called Willington, after Thomas Willing, the first developer of the land who planned out the town in a grid pattern similar to Philadelphia. In 1739, through a borough charter by King George II, it was renamed Wilmington, believed to be after Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington.

The 1980's ushered in a period of growth for Wilmington. The Financial Center Development Act of 1981 fueled the relocation of many financial institutions and banks to the Wilmington area. Today many large national and international banks have their operations in Wilmington, particularly in their credit card operations.

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Travel to Wilmington

Wilmington is best approached by car. It is accessible from Interstate-95, the major highway running north-south along the East Coast. It is also possible to reach Wilmington by taking an Amtrak train. The high-speed Acela train and the slower Metroliner train stop at Wilmington's station.

Travel within Wilmington

The city of Wilmington is served by a network of DART buses (Delaware Transit Corporation). A single-journey fare is $1.15 cash. You can also buy a daily pass of $2.40 for unlimited rides.

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Places of Interest in Wilmington

  1. Chase Center
    Venue for special events and exhibitions.

  2. Riverfront
    Area along the Christina River that has been rehabilitated.

  3. Trolley Square
    Nightlife area with restaurants, sports bars and wine shops.

Shopping in Wilmington

  1. Brandywine Towne Center
    Mall with shops and small eateries.

  2. Christiana Mall
    Mall with JCPenney, Macy's and Target Nordstrom as tenants.

  3. Concord Mall
    Mall with Boscov's, Macy's and Sears as anchors.

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