What to do and see in Hockessin, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 10, 2018 Alida England

Hockessin /ˈhoʊkɛsɪn/ is a census-designated place (CDP) in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population was 13,527 at the 2010 census. The place name may be derived from the Lenape word "hòkèsa" meaning "pieces of bark" or from a misspelling of "occasion," as pronounced by the Quakers who settled the area originally.
Restaurants in Hockessin

1. Mt. Cuba Center

3120 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707-9579 +1 302-239-4244
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

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Reviewed By Supapam - Delaware

Visited here on Summer Nights Friday, when they had music and refreshments. First visit here and I found it to be a really a spectacular place. I can't imagine the amount of work, care and effort that goes into making this such a wonderful retreat. The plants and the landscaping are mind-blowing. I'm not super into gardening but you don't have to be to appreciate all the variety of stuff they have growing here. The Summer Nights program is a cool way to get people in who may not otherwise visit. There are a few hilly spots so if you are allergic to exercise, like I am, be forewarned that some of the nature trails will get your heart going. Fortunately, there are well-placed benches along the paths. Also, we got to witness the toad migration which was awesome. We had a fun and relaxing time and I wholeheartedly recommend to all.

2. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735-1819 +1 800-448-3883
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4.5 based on 850 reviews

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Once a Du Pont family country retreat, this estate's spectacular gardens surround a 175-room mansion housing the world's finest collection of American decorative arts from 1640-1860.

Reviewed By SXMChick - Kirkwood, Delaware

We spent the afternoon touring Winterthur and it was a very relaxing tour. Our guide, Velda Matthias, was lovely and gave us much information on the DuPont family. This was an opportunity to see how Christmas decorations have changed over the last century.

The visitors' center has an information desk, book store, and restrooms. While you can easily walk to the actual museum, it was too cold and we took the van, which is about a 3-minute drive. We were taken to the museum to wait for our tour, and there is comfortable seating, restrooms, and lockers for convenience.

One of the specialty exhibits on loan was from the tv show The Crown. The exhibit has Queen Elizabeth's coronation gown and crown, along with the news reel of the actual event.

Our tour group consisted of 10 people, who were very polite, so everyone had an opportunity to see every exhibit.


It was too cold to get to the gift shop or even try to tour the grounds, but it still proved to be an enjoyable afternoon.

3. Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1913 +1 610-388-1000
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5 based on 3 reviews

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement.

Reviewed By DSTgar - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I wouldn't be the amateur gardener I am today without the experiences over many years visiting Longwood Gardens. The place gets better—and more popular—every year, but because there is so much to see, it rarely feels overcrowded. We're season members, so we go four or more times a year.

4. Hagley Museum and Library

200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807 +1 302-658-2400
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4.5 based on 634 reviews

Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company founded in Delaware in 1802 and powdered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River dotted with hundreds of stone ruins of the black powder industry, dozens of restored buildings associated with the business, and the first du Pont family home built in America. Here, for more than 200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American Dream. Hagley has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic Landmark, National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Engineering Landmark.

Reviewed By ephyfe - Wilmington, Delaware

Hagley is a bargain for the $14 entrance fee. This is start of the DuPont company from about 1800 to about 1921 when they got out of the dynamite business. The admission includes a small museum at the visitor center on the physical geography and...MoreThank you for writing such a great review of your trip to Hagley! It sounds like you had a great visit, and we would be happy to welcome you back. The property is beautiful year-round so please come see us again in warm weather!

5. Auburn Heights Preserve

3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, DE 19736 +1 302-239-5687
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Auburn Heights Preserve

Auburn Heights Preserve is part of Delaware State Parks. The site features a Victorian mansion that is fully antique furnished, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, scenic views, and much more! The property also houses the Marshall Steam Museum, operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, which contains the world's largest collection of operating steam automobiles. For full details, please visit our website.

Reviewed By JonesFamily818 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

My wife having been to the Marshall house many years ago wanted to re-visit with our family. We went ahead and made a donation which allowed us a couple of set of tickets for family and friends. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival, but plan on waiting in line a few minutes at the window upon arrival. The entry ticket will allow you up-to four rides on the various steam/electric/diesel based rides. Admission to the Mansion tour is extra, but worth it.

We started out with the Steam Bus ride, a coach that holds five rows of riders, two or three to a seat. Next we took in a four-seater electrical car. Both rides take you for a few laps around the Mansion house. Try and get young kids up front to see the how the drivers work the vehicles - very interesting.

Next we moved on to the Train rides, and certainly the best part of the trip. Eight of road the Diesel (new train) and the steam train around the property. Great views, fun rides and you get to go through a full working tunnel...a tight fit to say the least!! The trains have various size seats to accommodate just about every type of rider.

We then had a 30 minute demonstration on how they used to maintain and start steam based cars. Pretty neat and worth the look-in. Younger kids might be bored but they can visit the inside Steam Museum which is a must too. Very cool cars, trains, and engines in various stages are on display throughout. A brief movie is available. Kids can take part in the Arts and Craft section which we did on this trip. Additionally there is a small reading area for those who might need a break.

There is limited on-site food, but you can bring your Picnic goods with you and sit at one of the many shaded areas. Popcorn is free and very tasty. Ice Cream from a local company was on sale for a fee, but it was very tasty. The SteamCar Ice cream was a neat twist, with caramel sauce that looked like kerosene oil!!

Overall everyone on-site was extremely friendly and helpful. Everyone welcomed a conversation and pointed out facilities around you. Kids loved the Antique bike display and were able to sit on one when they asked! We spent just over 2 hours with our family here and recommend it for locals and if you are passing through the area. For those who visit Longwood or Winterthur with kids I would suggest highly adding this to your destination list - you wont be disappointed.

6. White Clay Creek State Park

880 New London Rd, Newark, DE 19711-2112 +1 302-368-6900
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

White Clay Creek State Park

Reviewed By Stephen M

Our family and friends have been going here for decades. The trails are well kept and it is a very large park. There is a pavilion where the Park sponsors entertainment/ music. There are rocks to climb and a couple of ponds. You can ride bikes and there are maps available online at its website..

7. Delaware Museum of Natural History

4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807-1827 +1 302-658-9111
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Delaware Museum of Natural History

The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year, the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.

Reviewed By John B - Middletown, Delaware

Very nice small museum that seems most appropriate for the younger crowd. We visited with our grand kids, ages 4 to 11. They really enjoyed themselves, both inside the museum, and walking around the grounds playing on the sculptures.

We'll keep this on our list of things to do, and will be back if they ask, but I suspect this is one of those places that's going to be a one-off visit.

8. Va La Vineyards

8822 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 19311-9740 +1 610-268-2702
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Va La Vineyards

Reviewed By Ptdavey - Belvidere, New Jersey

Went to three other wineries in the Brandywine area and this was by far the best. Even though the price is $20 , your wine is paired with cheeses, breads, and chocolate. Well worth the price. Loved the Mahogany red wine. The cheeses are local and taste splendid.
There are 2 tasting areas, one up and one downstairs. You can also sit outdoors on the deck with a beautiful view of the vines. Bring your own food and friends, buy a bottle and enjoy your day!!

9. Brandywine River Museum of Art

1 Hoffman Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317-9773 +1 610-388-2700
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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Discover an outstanding collection of American art, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, housed in a historic grist mill with glass-walled lobbies overlooking the scenic Brandywine. During the holiday season, experience the extensive O-gauge model train display, one of the largest in the country, with five trains running simultaneously on nearly 2,000 feet of track. Enjoy guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio and Kuerner Farm (April to mid-November). Museum shop and cafe.

Reviewed By Mdtravelpro - Frederick, Maryland

We were in the area primarily to spend time at Longwood Gardens for their Christmas displays. I'd been to the Brandywine Museum before, in the Fall, and it was spectacular and quite moving, what with the beauty of the site, the river, the opportunity to see the Wyeth family home and N.C.'s extraordinary studio, as well as paintings from the Wyeth Family.

This December visit, then, was aimed at sharing the experience with my husband, who had not visited before. Honestly, it was quite disappointing, in that tours through the Wyeth homes/studio are closed until the Spring (my "bad" for not picking up on this on the museum website....so I'm warning you here); the paintings on display at our visit included only a few of Andrew's works (though N.C.s illustrations remain as thrilling as ever) , and the holiday displays of the natural trees and train display were charming, but......

In my opinion, given the paucity of Andrew Wyeth's paintings on display, if you are not able to tour the other sites that make up a integral part of the entire Wyeth experience and compelling family history, save your time and money and wait 'til Spring.

10. Ashland Nature Center

3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707-9393 +1 302-239-2334
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Ashland Nature Center

Ashland Nature Center serves as the Delaware Nature Society’s headquarters and the hub for its education and natural resource conservation activities. The site is open to the public year-round, features an overnight lodge for school and public groups, a seasonal butterfly house, picnic area and four self-guided trails through a variety of habitats. Free and low-cost programs are offered for all ages. Enjoy the Ashland Hawk Watch during the fall raptor migration.

Reviewed By ron h - wilmington

I've had a very positive experience at Ashland. The nature center is operated by the Delaware Nature Society. They do an outstanding job providing education for children and adults. They have a large variety of camps, both overnight and day, for kids. The feedback on the camps is outstanding. The programs for adult are varied to include everything from a hike to a trip to Costa Rica. Anyone interested should go to the Delaware Nature Society website.

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