Plan Your Visit
Your experience is important to us. Here is some helpful information to get the most out of your visit.
If you have a specific question or need help planning your visit, please call the OperaDelaware office (302-442-7807) and talk to our staff. We are happy to help!
OperaDelaware is located in beautiful Wilmington, DE, which is just a short trip from major cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D.C. For travel by car, Wilmington is located just off I-95, I-495, I-295, and the New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge. For travel by train, both Amtrak and SEPTA make frequent daily stops at the Downtown Wilmington train station (WIL). For travel by plane, the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the New Castle County Airport (ILG) are about a 20-minute car ride from Downtown Wilmington.
CONCERTS & RECITALS AT THE OPERADELAWARE STUDIOS: The OperaDelaware Studios are located at 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801 on the Christina Riverfront.
DIRECTIONS: 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 a printable map with directions, please go HERE. (Please see the travel advisory below for Spring 2019.)
PARKING: There is ample parking in the lot located directly in front of the Studios. Overflow parking is available on Front St.
*TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR APRIL/MAY 2019 | MLK BLVD DETOUR*
If you are traveling to the OperaDelaware Studios, please be advised that there is currently road construction on Martin Luther King Boulevard in front of the Wilmington Amtrak station, so you may need to follow a short, clearly-marked detour depending on your route. This 3-minute detour will take you across the Christina River, where you'll then make a left on A Street, and another left to cross the River again to get back to the OD Studios. [VIEW MAP]
If you are coming from I-95 or otherwise eastbound via MLK Boulevard: Turn right onto Market Street, and cross the river via the bridge. Turn left onto A Street—there will be a tall apartment building on your left and a Salvation Army on your right. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Walnut Street, and make sure to be in the right lane. Turn right onto Front Street, which is immediately after passing under the railroad bridge. Turn right onto Poplar Street, where our studios will be on the left.
If you are coming southbound via King Street: Just past 2nd Street, follow the road as it curves to the right. Make sure to be in the left two lanes. At the next light (just after the curve), turn left onto Market Street. Continue across the bridge, then turn left onto A Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Walnut Street, then turn right onto Front Street and continue as normal to our Studios.
If you have any questions or concerns about the detour, please give us a call at 302-442-7807.
FOR PERFORMANCES AT THE GRAND: Our mainstage Festival performances take place at The Grand, 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 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand Opera House is located on the left. From points south, follow I-95 North to Exit 7 toward DE-52/Delaware Ave. Take a right onto 11th St. which merges onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand is located on the left. For a printable map with directions, please go HERE.
PARKING: There is ample street parking on Market St., as well as on its neighboring side streets. Metered spots are free on weekends. (*Please note that the no-parking zone in front of the Caleb Boggs Federal Building at the corner of Ninth & King Streets is strictly enforced.*)
There is also garage parking available at the nearby DoubleTree Hotel (King St. and 8th St.), the HyPark garage (903 N. Shipley St.), and the Mid-town Park Garage (805 N. Orange St.). Please check with garages for hours of operation, as they are subject to change.
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
WHERE TO STAY: There are several hotels in downtown Wilmington within walking distance to The Grand, 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. For a full listing of area hotels, please see the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
WHERE TO EAT: Wilmington has a fantastic culinary scene spanning everything from fine dining to casual brew pubs run by James Beard-nominated chefs. For pre- or post-show bite near The Grand, we recommend downtown favorites Bardea Food & Drink, La Fia, Chelsea Tavern, Stitch House Brewery, Merchant Bar, The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, Ernest & Scott Taproom, and the new DECO food hall located in the historic DuPont Building. For more options, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website has a great Restaurant Finder tool, searchable by cuisine, amenities, and region. (For establishments close to The Grand, search Downtown Wilmington.)
Wilmington Dining Guide
Five must-visit tastes on a food tour of Wilmington, Delaware (Good Taste blog)
Top 4 BYOs in the Brandywine Valley (Good Taste blog)
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 one 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.
Don’t miss the many museums and 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 renowned 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 showcases exciting work by emerging artists.