Milton is one of the liveliest little towns within a 7-mile radius of the Delaware Bay. The town is part of Sussex County and is beloved for many things, one of which is the tourist hotspot known as the Dogfish Head Brewery. Another thing that locals and visitors alike love about Milton is its proximity to Delaware’s gorgeous beaches, which gives this quaint town its laid back vibe and cultural characteristics.
1.Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
© Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
You can’t visit Milton and not stop by the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. More than just a brewery, Dogfish Head has a tasting room, brewery tours, a fish finder, a distillery, fantastic restaurants and even its own inn. With so much to do in just one place, it is actually a great idea to make the brewery your base of operations during your vacation by booking a room at their hospitable and comforting inn. If you’re just stopping by, make sure to take a brewery tour, which is led by a knowledgeable guide, and to spend some time sampling their craft brews in their tasting room.
6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 888-364-3474
2.Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Known for being an incredible refuge for migratory birds, the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge features over 10,000 acres of jaw dropping nature and is the perfect place for people looking for some recreational fun. The refuge sits along Delaware Bay’s west shore and features a variety of habitats such as salt marshes, freshwater marshes, impoundments, ponds, upland grasslands, forest and even wooded swamps. Thanks to this rich environment, visitors are likely to catch a glimpse of hundreds of animal species that thrive in this diverse wildlife refuge. To be exact, explorers can see up to 308 different species of birds, 45 kinds of reptiles and amphibians as well as 37 species of mammals. That’s not to mention the different kinds of fish, insects nad plants that call the area home.
11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton Delaware 19968
3.Lavender Fields Farm
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Experience ultimate relaxation and soak up beautiful purple fields at the historic Lavender Fields Farm. With a whopping five acres dedicated to lavender farming, the Lavender Fields are situated just a few miles away from the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach at the Warrington Manor. Visitors at the farm are encouraged to stroll through the fields and take tours of their many gardens. There’s even a labyrinth for people to explore if they’re looking for a challenge. On the other side of the spectrum, guests looking for a lazy day in the farm can simply relax under the shade of the tree while gazing at the beauty of the lavender plants. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the shop which has a variety of lavender products, culinary items, soaps, and more to take home to your nearest and dearest.
18864 Cool Spring Road, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-684-1514
4.The Brimming Horn Meadery
© The Brimming Horn Meadery
Founded, run and led by Jon Talkington, the Brimming Horn Meadery is the fruit of this one man’s 20-year labor and dream. Combining his passion and knowledge for brewing beverages, the Brimming Horn Meadery produces unusual, compelling and absolutely delicious drinks that are beyond belief. With dozens of awards between Jon and his second-in-command, JR, the meadery is known for producing outstanding mead products, all of which visitors are welcome to sample and try at their base of operations. Try variations like their 2018 Tej, which is made with pure honey, woody hops and orange zest, or the 2019 Last Breath which has a sweet and tart cherry mead that is aged in a heavy smoked single malt whisky barrel.
28615 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-664-1188
5.Milton Historical Society
© Milton Historical Society
Despite being a small non-profit cultural and educational organization, the Milton Historical Society is a force and a mainstay in Southern Delaware. The historical society is dedicated to promoting the local history of Milton while also acting as a hub for the community to engage with each other. At the museum, visitors are welcome to see artifacts, documents, and preserves that are related to Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. They’ll also get the chance to hear stories and partake in engaging experiences that will build a deeper appreciation for the study of history and preservation of heritage as a whole.
210 Union Street, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-684-1010
6.Rookery Golf Club
A local favorite golf course in the Delmarva peninsula, the Rookery Golf Club’s South course features swellings mounds on the west end and a challenging rookery on the east end of its stand-out championship 18-hole course. Promising an exciting playing experience for golfers of all levels, the course was designed by Pete Oakley, the 2004 Senior British Open Champion, and Chris Adkins, the Golf Course Superintendent. The golf club also features a north course, which is an 18-hole course and country club that is open to the general public. No matter which course you decide to play on, the Rookery Golf Club will definitely give all visitors the challenge they’re searching for.
27052 Broadkill Road, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-684-3000
7.Frantic Frets Music Store and Antiques Shop
© Frantic Frets Music Store and Antiques Shop
An institution in the neighborhood, the Frantic Frets Music Store and Antique Shop is a must visit for all people traveling through Milton. The shop is run by Al Frantic, a self-taught musician with a passion for all kinds of musical instruments and decades of experience to back that passion up. Most people visit store to meet Al and talk music with him in addition to checking out all of the well-kept second-hand musical instruments that hang on the stores’ walls. Apart from shopping and meeting other music-loving individuals, Frantic Frets Music Store and Antiques Shop also offers guitar lessons, repairs, basic instrument set-ups as well as instrument trading.
26374 Broadkill Road, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-402-3055
© Irish Eyes
With over 30 years in the pub and hospitality industry, you can be sure that Irish Eyes does its drink and food right. Featuring a menu packed with traditional Irish food, local Milton favorites and more, visitors to the pub can rest assured that they’re going to get a good ol’ Irish experience without ever having to step out of the country. Drop by during happy hour to enjoy unbeatable deals and specials, or swing by during the evening to enjoy live music, entertainment and more. Best sellers to try at Irish Eyes include the fried pickles, the portabella fries, the Bangers and Mash and the Beef and Guinness Stew. Pair your dishes with your choice of draft beer and you’re all set to have a uniquely Irish experience.
105 Union Street, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-684-8889
9.King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops
© King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops
Serving up homemade ice cream since 1972, King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops is home to some of the eastern shore’s finest ice cream. Their historic shop is located in a former general store in Milton, and it’s from this shop that they continue to work on perfecting their ice cream recipes. With award-winning ice cream, frozen yogurts and even water ices, King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops is a must-visit, especially on a warm summer day. The shop offers classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and Dutch chocolate, and also offers flavors like chocolate almond, banana, butter brickle, funfetti and oh cookie. Guests are also encouraged to sample featured flavors like pistachio, peanut butter, galaxy, smores and black cherry.
302 Union Street, Milton, Delaware, Phone: 302-684-8900
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© Cantina Ultima
Cantina Ultima is a bold American pub that features a distinct flavor inspired by Latin cuisine and are paired with amazing local craft brews. The restaurant-pub is run by the brilliant Chef Robert Leggets, who crafts and creates the expansive and mouthwatering menu at Cantina Ultima. Sample crowd favorites like the tacos, their guacamole and chips, meat-stuffed burritos, and pulled pork tacos. The Cantina Ultima’s steak is another fantastic choice for dinner while their barbacao will also likely please all of your senses. Wash it all down with your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage to complete your amazing meal.
102 Federal Street, Milton, Delaware 19968, Phone: 302-684-2555
10 Best Things to Do in Milton, Delaware
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Photo: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
- Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Photo: kwasny221/stock.adobe.com
- Lavender Fields Farm, Photo: Nailia Schwarz/stock.adobe.com
- The Brimming Horn Meadery, Photo: The Brimming Horn Meadery
- Milton Historical Society, Photo: Milton Historical Society
- Rookery Golf Club, Photo: Eventimages21/stock.adobe.com
- Frantic Frets Music Store and Antiques Shop, Photo: Frantic Frets Music Store and Antiques Shop
- Irish Eyes, Photo: Irish Eyes
- King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops, Photo: King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops
- Cantina Ultima, Photo: Cantina Ultima
- Cover Photo: Milton, Delaware