Zoos in Delaware with kids

It’s animal time in Delaware, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Delaware because The First State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Brandywine Zoo

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    Wilmington

    Open year round, the zoo is home to 120 animals representing 56 species on 12 acres.

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  • Playland Family Fun Center

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    Rehoboth Beach

    A family fun center on the boardwalk with 18 rides, video games arcade with electronic shooting gallery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids ...

  • Pump It Up Newport

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    Newport

    Open Jump, special events and birthday parties in this colorful and indoor fun center!

  • Cape Henlopen State Park

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    Lewes

    Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. ...

  • Abbotts Mill Nature Center

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    Milford

    Features free interpretive exhibits, live native fish, amphibian, and reptile collection, extensive taxidermy collection, historic buildings, boardwalk and trails.

  • Fenwick Island State Park

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    Rehoboth Beach

    This three-mile stretch of barrier island is a playground of sand, surf, and sun along Delaware's Atlantic coast.

  • Holts Landing State Park

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    Rehoboth Beach

    Holts Landing is an undiscovered facet of the Diamond State's park system. The 203-acres area contains a variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests. ...

  • Killens Pond State Park

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    Felton

    Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County.

  • Lums Pond State Park

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    Bear

    Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails and more on its 1790 acres on the north side of the ...

  • Fox Point State Park

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    Wilmington

    Although each of the parks in the Delaware State Park system has its own unique features, Fox Point State Park deserves something more than "unique" in its description. Perhaps the best word is ...

  • Edward H McCabe Nature Preserve

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    Milton

    An amazing nature based experience for the family with 143 acres to explore along the banks of the Broadkill River. Perfect for canoeing, hiking, and getting lost in the several distinct habitats in ...

  • White Clay Creek State Park

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    Newark

    Summer AND winter activities galore in this beautiful Delaware State Park. Fishing, hiking, biking...even sledding!

  • Schutte Park

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    Dover

    One of Dover's newest parks, with sporting fields, playgrounds and picnic pavilions! Great outdoor fun for kids in Delaware.

  • Silver Lake Park

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    Dover

    182 amazing acres of park in Dover, with paths, fishing and playgrounds!

  • Midway Speedway Waterpark

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    Rehoboth Beach

    White Water Mountain Water Park invites you and your family to get wet! Cool off in our two pools, and don’t forget to try our body flumes and super-fast waterslides. One of the many fun family ...

  • Jungle Jims Adventure World

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    Rehoboth Beach

    Delaware’s largest waterpark! Need we say more......?

  • Killens Pond State Water Park

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    Felton

    A fun summer experience for the kids and the whole family at this relaxing and fun Delaware water park.

  • Thunder Lagoon Waterpark

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    Fenwick Island

    Water fun for the whole family at this Delaware water park, with attractions for all ages! With lazy rivers, special kiddie pools and tipping Viking Ships, you will have a splashing day out with the ...

  • Midway Speedway

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    Rehoboth Beach

    Affordable family fun awaits you at Rehoboth Beach’s premier fun destination, Midway Speedway Park. Midway Speedway is “your place to race” featuring five go-kart tracks including two designed ...

  • Viking Golf Amusements

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    Fenwick Island

    Kids fun abound at Viking Golf Amusements, with 18 holes of entertaining mini golf, and revving engines on the slick go-kart track. Almost TOO much kids fun in this family friendly Delaware ...

  • Funland

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    Rehoboth Beach

    The park features 19 rides, 13 midway games, an electronic shooting gallery, redemption games and redemption center, and more.

  • The Painted Platypus

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    Newark

    Walk in studio where you can make stuff for all of the family.

  • pirates of lewes expeditions

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    Lewes

    Pirate Cruises for Kids! Dress up, fight a water battle, retrieve the treasure and get your pirate rock on!

  • Horse Back Riding Lessons And Trail Rides

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    Delaware City

    Learn how to ride a horse in the Delaware countryside! Cozy Quarters Farm has beginner horse back riding lessons, trail rides, and pony parties!

  • Mid County Entertainment and Bowling Center

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    Middletown

    Classic family ten pin bowling plus laser tag, bumper cars, multi level indoor adventure play and redemption arcade games! All in Middletown, Delaware!

  • Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

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    Wilmington

    The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation offers the premier classroom-without-walls experience for students of all ages. A variety of interactive and exciting learning experiences, including educational sails ...

  • Wilmington and Western Railroad

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    Pike Wilmington

    From the Conductor's "All Aboard" to the clang of the locomotive's bell, the Wilmington & Western presents real railroading from an earlier era. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Delaware Art Museum

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    Wilmington

    Regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller ...

  • Delaware History Museum

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    Wilmington

    The Delaware History Museum, located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of ...

  • Air Mobility Command Museum

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    Dover

    If you want to climb inside an airplane big enough to swallow 3 buses, experience what it's like to fly a giant airplane, see rare aircraft and learn everything about aviation, this is your place!

  • DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum

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    Fenwick Island

    DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum was founded with the goal of recovering and preserving our maritime heritage. The shipwreck museum opened in July of 1995 and is the product of years of research and hard ...

  • Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

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    Dover

    Children will be able to see what agricultural life was like during the late 1800s in an educational and unique way. Spend the day looking through our indoor exhibits or outside in our 1890s village. ...

  • Iron Hill Museum

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    Newark

    The Iron Hill Museum, operated by the Delaware Academy of Science, is the primary educational resource for the study of human and natural history of the Iron Hill region. Its programs, collections, ...

  • Delaware Children's Museum

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    Wilmington

    Includes exploration activities for every level of ability. A genuine full day's worth of delightful, entertaining and every so subtly educational play! With scientific, environmental, social and ...

  • Delaware Museum of Natural History

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    Wilmington

    Kids can get up close to life-sized dinosaurs, explore beneath our oceans, experience an animal friendly African watering hole, and come face-to-face with a spectacular jaguar... just some of the ...