Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent camping, fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails, and an unforgettable Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course featuring rope ladders, treetop crossings, Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines — four of them over water. Verify current fees on their web site.
Because the race site is just minutes from I-95 and just outside downtown Wilmington, why not check out the Delaware Art Museum? Founded in 1912, the museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, illustrations by Wilmington native Howard Pyle, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and special exhibitions. Hours of operation: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm; Thursday 10am – 8pm (free admission after 4pm). There is also André Harvey Studio, 101 Stone Block Row, Wilmington. His work is displayed in the historic 1814 Breck’s Mill on the Brandywine River, downstream from Hagley Museum, overlooking the beautiful waterfalls. Over 40 bronzes of animals, people and 18k gold jewelry.
If you prefer history over art, check out the following: The Delaware Historical Society Downtown Wilmington Campus is comprised of the Delaware History Museum, Old Town Hall, Willingtown Square and the Research Library, located at 505 N. Market St.
Fair Hills NRMA is not far from Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay. In Havre de Grace you can visit Mount Felix Vineyards & Winery at 2000 Level Rd. Check out the Decoy Museum at 215 Giles St. It is one of the finest collections of Chesapeake Bay waterfowl decoys ever assembled. If decoys aren’t your thing, then stop at the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House which is the historic home of the locktender for the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. Grounds include the museum, pivot bridge and the lock. Or, you can tour the Maritime Museum on Lafayette St. The museum tells the story of the region’s rich maritime heritage.
If you have the time, check out Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The harbor is famous for attractions like the world-renowned National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the American Visionary Art Museum. Also here are the Historic Ships “Constellation,” the submarine USS “Torsk,” USGC Cutter “Taney,” and the Lightship Chesapeake and the Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
The Daniel Boone Homestead (race site) is a historical site in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania that tells the story of Daniel Boone’s youth in Pennsylvania’s Oley Valley and illuminates the daily lives of the region’s 18th-century settlers through the eyes of the Boone, Maugridge and DeTurk families who occupied the site. After your race, check out the Visitor Center. Also in Berks County is Old Dry Road, also known as The Staudt Farm, is a historic home and farm complex located in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The property was first settled in 1744, and has a late-18th century “Speicher.” It is a three-story, banked log building used for storage and preserving. Also on the property is a Georgian influenced log dwelling dated to 1770–1805. The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Old Dry Road Farm is now operated as a living history farm museum.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in southeastern Berks County, near Elverson, Pennsylvania, is an example of an American 19th century rural “iron plantation”. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster’s house and auxiliary structures including a blacksmith’s shop, a company store and several worker’s houses.
Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771 by ironmaster Mark Bird, Son of William Bird, for whom Birdsboro was named. The site’s most prosperous time was during the 1820–1840 period with a brief boom in production during the American Civil War. In the mid-19th century changes in iron making, including a shift from charcoal to anthracite rendered smaller furnaces like Hopewell obsolete. The site discontinued operations in 1883.
Today, Hopewell Furnace consists of 14 restored structures in the core historic area, 52 features on the List of Classified Structures, and a total of 848 mostly wooded acres. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is located in the Hopewell Big Woods and surrounded by French Creek State Park on three sides and the State Game Lands to the south which preserves the lands the furnace utilized for its natural resources.
Explore charming downtown Clinton! A unique blend of friendly small businesses, locally owned shops, restaurants, and services as well as two museums… all surrounded by beautiful countryside. The Hunterdon Art Museum presents exhibitions of contemporary art craft and design, offers art classes for adults and children including summer art camps, and provides programs for schools, the juvenile justice commission, scouts, and other organizations. The Red Mill Museum Village offers exhibits in the iconic Red Mill to special programs on their 10-acre site, there is something for every visitor at the Red Mill Museum Village.
Before or after your race in New Paltz, NY, take time to explore the quaint downtown area. Also, in and around New Paltz you can visit Historic Huguenot St. Explore 300 years of history while touring the seven stone houses and church in the historic village of New Paltz, a National Historic Landmark District. Check out their web site for current admission fees, http://www.huguenotstreet.org. Open by appointment.
Rather sample wine than learn about history? Follow the Shawangunk Trail, nine wineries (5 located in Ulster County) in a beautiful 30-mile loop which includes several other attractions.