Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Historic, Picturesque Delaware City

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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  • Barbara Elizabeth Brown Johnson

    @s, there’s also Kathy’s Crab House for cracking crustaceans… and, there’s a wonderful ice cream parlor in town, too!..with peach ice cream at least some of the time when everyone else hasn’t eaten it all!

    And, the day wouldn’t be complete if visitors didn’t check out the Blacksmith’s Barn with all its metal art!

  • s

    Another perfect example of one sided advertising. There are more restaurants in Delaware City! !!!! How bout La Matesina or the DC Bar and Grill and most important the ONLY place you can crack crustaceans in our town is WISO’S! They got big crabs not shrimp. Hey Jay, if you u write another article be sure to include ALL the food establishments in town. Be nice to see all get some acknowledgement, they work hard for it

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