PLAN YOUR TRIP!
Be here when the flowers bloom and the fountains burst to life. Be here when the seasonal ales are tapped and the wine harvest begins. Be here when the music starts on stage at THE GRAND.
Explore everything the region has to offer in this annual VISITORS GUIDE (now available online). Follow OperaDelaware on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, where you'll find us talking about the latest OD news. And if you have a specific question, please get in touch, by phone or by email.
Deals & Discounts
Keep a little extra money in your pocket (for some tax-free shopping trips, perhaps) by checking out these DEALS AND DISCOUNTS. You'll find packages for hotel stays, discounts at local restaurants and attractions and maybe even some freebies in the mix too. Savings are just a click away!
EXCLUSIVE HOTEL DISCOUNT: The Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown (422 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19801) is currently offering a special 2017 Spring Festival rate of just $106 a night! To book at this discounted rate, please call Christina Perry at 302-576-8034 and mention the special OperaDelaware festival rate. Or, you can book online using the following links:
Book for dates April 27-April 30 (*offer expires April 6)
Book for dates May 4-May 7 (*offer expires April 13)
Where to Stay
There are several hotels in downtown Wilmington within walking distance to The Grand Opera House, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington, the Courtyard Wilmington / Downtown by the Marriott, the historic Hotel du Pont, and the Sheraton Suites Downtown Wilmington (*see our Deals & Discounts section above for a special 2017 Festival rate). For a full listing of area hotels, please go here.
Where to Eat
We often get asked for recommendations on where to grab a pre-show bite to eat. Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has a fantastic culinary scene spanning everything from fine dining to casual BYOBs and craft brew pubs run by James Beard-nominated chefs. The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website (VisitWilmingtonDE.com) has a great Restaurant Finder tool, searchable by cuisine, amenities, and region (for establishments close to The Grand, search "Downtown Wilmington). Also see this post highlighting a few of our local favorite restaurants.
About Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley
America's corporate capital.
America's garden capital.
In Wilmington, Delaware, and the Brandywine Valley, town and country have never been closer.
Drive only a few miles from the meetinghouses and courtrooms of downtown Wilmington, and you'll be able to hear the hum of the city quickly give way to the quiet of the Brandywine Valley, a place where countryside estates and gardens have been carefully preserved for more than a century. The best of both worlds co-exist here like nowhere else, and a visit means never having to choose one over the other.
Drive just a few miles north of Wilmington to wander through the breathtaking public GARDENS that have made the Brandywine Valley an international tourism destination. LONGWOOD GARDENS has grown into one of the premier botanical destinations of the world, with more than a thousand acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, woodlands, meadows and majestic fountain displays. Today, Longwood boasts more than 11,000 different types of plants and trees, hosts 800 horticultural and arts events each year, and welcomes more than 1 million visitors annually.
As time allows, we also encourage you to take a tour of the house and spectacular 60-acre garden of WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN AND LIBRARY. Winterthur’s preeminent collection of American antiques reflects both early America and the du Pont family’s life at this glorious estate. NEMOURS MANSION & GARDENS is where a visitor might believe he or she magically just stepped into Europe. Modeled after Versailles, Nemours is a masterpiece of design with its mansion, fountains, artwork, gilded sculpture and what is reputedly the largest formal French garden in North America.
Aside from experience world class opera in the beautiful Grand Opera House, we encourage you to experience the MUSEUMS & GALLERIES in Wilmington, where decades of community commitment to the arts are on display every day. Several masterpieces of Brandywine Valley native Andrew Wyeth hang inside the halls of the BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART, while THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM is renown for its collection of American art and illustrations featuring Wilmington-born Howard Pyle, as well as its exquisite and extensive collection of English pre-Raphaelite paintings. Down on the Riverfront, the THE CONTEMPORARY (formerly known as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts) stays up-to-the-minute with ever-changing displays and exhibits of new work by emerging artists.
Individually, they're magnificent. Together, they foster a conservationist ideal that makes Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley one of the most carefully preserved regions along the east coast.
Every year, more than 5 million people from all over the world come to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley for WEEKEND GETAWAYS. We look forward to welcoming you, too!
Location: Midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., approximately 100 miles from each. Wilmington, Delaware is 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia, 60 minutes from Lancaster ("Amish Country"), 90 minutes from Baltimore, Atlantic City, and the Delaware beaches.
State: First state. Second smallest. Home of one United States congressman, two United States senators, and one vice president.
Major Highway Access: I-95, I-495, I-295, New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge
Rail Access: North and south bound Amtrak trains stop in Wilmington. SEPTA's R-2 commuter trains run to/from Wilmington and Newark to Philadelphia with more than 70 trains daily.
Air Access: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 20 minutes to Downtown Wilmington; New Castle County Airport (ILG): 10 minutes to Downtown Wilmington
Directions to OperaDelaware: The OperaDelaware Studios are located at 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801. From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 6 (toward DE-4/MLK Jr. Blvd.). In 0.4 miles, take a left onto MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.) From points south, take I-95 North to Exit 7 (toward MLK Jr. Blvd). In 0.3 miles, take a right on MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.) For printable directions, please go HERE.
Directions to The Grand: The Grand is located at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801. From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 7B toward DE-52 N/Delaware Ave. Take a left onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 miles, turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand will be on the left. From points south, follow I-95 North to Exit 6 toward DE-52/Delaware Ave. Take a right onto 11th St. which merges onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 miles, turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand will be on the left. For printable directions, please go HERE.