Milton

Perfect integration of history and modernity.

Welcome to Milton

Historic, small-town charm with easy beach and city access

Milton is a small, tight-knit community located in southern Delaware where residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. It has close access to larger cities like Dover and Milford and world-class beaches in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are just a short drive away. The area is known for its historical appeal, with several landmarks commemorating historical events. Protected buildings provide the perfect integration of history and modernity.

The area surrounding Milton is an agricultural, sparsely populated community, providing a peaceful pocket in the very densely populated northeast region. Union Street is the center of town and the main commercial area of Milton. Local businesses spur the local economy with the wide selection of restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

What to Love

  • Short drive to Lewes and Broadkill Beach
  • Steeped in local and state history 
  • Access to both local river and pond bodies for boating and fishing
  • Vibrant and highly rated local breweries and restaurants  

Local Lifestyle

Like southern Delaware, Milton provides a rural, more laid-back lifestyle with small-town charm. You can find several local businesses and restaurants on Union Street. Locals relax after work over a beer or dinner at one of many highly rated restaurants. Milton Memorial Park is a quick drive from any point within Milton and is a good spot for relaxing, or exercising.

A quick drive to the beach is a popular activity for residents. Milton is minutes away from Lewes and Broadkill Beach, excellent for a weekend getaway, or a day trip. These areas are known for being quieter than the other highly commercial beaches along the Delaware coast, providing a safe haven from the chaos of living close to a typical beach town.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Proximity to the beach provides highly rated seafood restaurants and an amazing confluence of cuisines around the Union Street area. Start your day at The Backyard for a locally inspired brunch. For an amazing outdoor seating dining experience during the summer, consider Irish Eyes, where they put an Irish spin on traditional seafood dishes. For a Creole-inspired dinner, visit Po’ Boys Creole & Fresh Catch, where they source locally caught, fresh seafood. Milton Dough Bar is also known as one of the best-rated restaurants with quality Italian fare. For a post-dinner sweet treat, go to King’s Homemade Ice Cream. Numerous bars around downtown Milton have excellent entertainment options for a weekend out. Dogfish Head Brewery and Tequila Real are known to have excellent drinks and cocktails as well as food. 

Yearly entertainment options are the perfect time to bring the community together and offer a celebration of the Milton area. The Milton St. Patrick’s Day Parade travels through downtown Milton and provides an excellent opportunity to meet other members of the community as well as support local businesses. The Milton Theatre provides many entertainment opportunities such as plays, children’s events, and concerts throughout the year.

While being a small town, Milton still brings some unique shopping amenities. There is 302 Bicycles for the cyclists, Dan’s Tackle Box or P.C. Rods for the fishing enthusiast, and Lavendar Field for everything from lavender tea to soaps.  The Mercantile at Milton is a centrally located antique shop perfect for history-loving locals. With Milford to the north, Georgetown to the west, and Lewes to the east, it is a quick drive to a more diverse shopping experience.

Things to Do

Due to the small-town nature of Milton, local events headline calendars throughout the region. The Holly Festival is a Christmastime event highlighting the citizens, and local businesses the whole community participates in. The Annual Milton Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival celebrates some of the local wildlife found in the coastal areas of the region, especially the migrating and breeding pattern of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. With the number of events in Milton, there is hardly any opportunity to be bored. The welcoming and friendly nature of locals makes it a great community. 

For a summer day on the pond, spend time boating or kayaking on Diamond or Wagamons Ponds. Spend time exploring Prime Hook National Wildlife Preserve as well, and don’t forget to take some time to kayak to Edward H. McCabe Nature Preserve.

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