Visit: Packet Alley, Delaware

by Cate on August 12, 2018

Looking for a fun day trip with your family? Let’s head to Delaware!

Packet Alley, Delaware

Last summer, another family and I planned a whirlwind day trip to Delaware. If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am fond of the Roadside America app, and that’s how a quick visit to Packet Alley in New Castle, Delaware got added to our “Things to Do” list.

Seriously the cutest neighborhood ever with narrow cobblestone streets and beautifully designed houses, I swear I would move there in a heartbeat. We slowly navigated our way to our destination and found on-street parking easily.

Packet Alley, Delaware
This above sign was put in in 1933, to herald the significance of this little blink-and-you-miss it historical alley way.

Why was this spot so important?

Back in the 1830s and ’40s, it was a common DC-to-Northeast thoroughfare for many of those traveling North. Stagecoaches from the south would unload on one end of the alley by the street, and riverboats from the north would pick up the contents from the other end and be on their way. A practice started in the 19th century, many famous people walked the same path we did that summer day, including former President Andrew Jackson, Presidential hopeful Henry Clay, Davy Crockett and Chief Black Hawk.

If you’re looking to pay a quick visit to Packet Alley yourself, it can be found on the water side of The Strand, and midway between Harmony and Delaware Streets. The visit won’t take more than a few minutes, but it’s a fun bit of history to add onto your time in Delaware.

Packet Alley, Delaware
We spied this historical market in the neighborhood as well.

Hungry for more to do in Delaware?
On the same day trip, we also grabbed a bite to eat Big Fish Grill.
We also visited the DuPont Environmental Center nearby, and it was a fun and free way to spend a few hours.
And we rounded out our day at The Brandywine Zoo, a super cute stop where we saw many different animals that we haven’t seen before.
A few years ago, we visited the Historical Society of Delaware and the world’s largest frying pan.
And a 34 foot tall stainless steel status of the Virgin Mary.

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Sarah Walker Caron August 17, 2018 at 11:38 pm

What a cute town!

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