The City of Wilmington is Delaware's biggest city. It enjoys a climate with four distinct seasons and temperatures ranging from -5 °C (24 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July. The recently-refurbished Riverfront on the Christina River is a popular tourist attraction, offering a wide range of places to eat, shop, and attend events.
Another popular area for restaurants is Trolley Square near Brandywine Park, which boasts both gourmet and family Italian restaurants, outdoor cafes, wine shops, and sports bars.
The Port of Wilmington's Market Street Mall, a pedestrian concourse, is the center of attention for downtown Wilmington. At one end of the Mall is the architectural landmark of Rodney Square and the Wilmington Public Library, and the Grand Opera House offers a wide variety of cultural programs. The central area of the Mall contains a wide range of chic retail shops and a mix of restaurants for every taste and budget.
Fort Christina National Park in the Port of Wilmington commemorates the landing of the first Swedish settlers in 1638. The two-acre park contains the natural rock wharf where the new settlers landed and a monument designed by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles.
The Kalmar Nyckel was one of the two tall ships upon which the Swedish settlers arrived in 1638. The vessel made four round-trip crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful sailing ship has been reconstructed, and today visitors can experience the thrill of a ride on the new Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware's goodwill ambassador. From May through October, the ship offers sailing trips ranging from 1-1/2 to 3 hours for 49 passengers. It is also available for deck-top/dockside special events for as many as 90 people. In addition to tours and trips, the ship is an outreach tool for public education and a venue for diplomatic and governmental functions.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Wilmington by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.