DELAWARE CITY, Del. (CBS) – A working town on the banks of the Delaware River is going through a transformation that promises to turn it into a versatile day-trip getaway.

Less than an hour from Philadelphia, we find Delaware City, with picturesque river views, a growing inventory of restaurants including a couple of crab houses, colorful shops, and a gateway to Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island.

“You’ll have a day to walk in history,” says Tim Konkus, who operates the Delaware City marina.  “You’ll have a day to look at the heron rookery.”

Konkus is a major booster of historic tours of the fort, built to defend the Wilmington Harbor.  It’s best known as a Civil War prison for captured Confederates. Weekend tours combine reënactments with nature walks at the heron preserve.

And it starts with a ferry ride from Delaware City.  Or just go for a town stroll.

“We’ll have the new promenade where you can take the family down, eventually, to the C & D [Chesapeake & Delaware] Canal proper,” says Konkus.

And of course, wrap up the day cracking crustaceans at Crabby Dick’s.

Reported by Jay Lloyd, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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