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Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn for his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

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The City of Wilmington has 9 Historic Districts, including the Baynard Boulevard, Kentmere Parkway, Rockford Park, Cool Spring/Tilton Park, the tri-part sections of the Eastside, St. Marys and Old Swedes Church, Quaker Hill, Delaware Avenue, Trinity Vicinity, and Upper/Lower Market Street.

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Beginning in the 1990s, the city launched a campaign to revitalize the former shipyard area known as the Wilmington Riverfront. The efforts were bolstered early by The Big Kahuna (a now defunct nightclub), Kahunaville (a restaurant, bar and arcade which has also since closed) and the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball stadium. The Wilmington Rowing Center boathouse is located along the Christina River on the Riverfront. Development continues as the Wilmington Riverfront tries to establish its cultural, economical, and residential importance. Recent high-rise luxury apartment buildings along the Christina River have been cited as evidence of the Riverfront's continued revival. On June 7, 2006, the groundbreaking of Justison Landing signaled the beginning of Wilmington's largest residential project since Bancroft Park was built after World War II. Outlets shops, restaurants and a Riverfront Market have also opened along the 1.2-mile Riverwalk.

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If you are heading to Wilmington, Delaware, any time soon then you should definitely check out the Brandywine Zoo. This zoo is made up of 13 acres that are landscaped and beautiful along the Brandywine River. There are many different animals to view from snakes to tigers and more than 150 animals! The Brandywine Zoo is open all year so no matter when you have time off you will be able to plan a visit!

The Division of Parks and Recreation in Delaware manage the Brandywine Zoo and the Delaware Zoological Society supports the zoo. The zoo is committed to excellence and highly specialized care for the animals. Because of this the zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

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When you visit the zoo you will be pleased to know that it is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. This means you can take the entire family from babies to grandparents! There are several places for visitors to the zoo to park. This includes free parking on Van Buren Street, which is located behind the Educated Building. Handicapped visitors should park here, as it is the closest to the entrance to the zoo. There is another large parking lot off North Park Drive.

The zoo accepts credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for Zoo admissions, purchases, membership and registration. There is also a Lost and Found section at the zoo. Children who are lost as well as items are taken to the lost and found.

There are a few rules that must be followed at the Zoo. These include not feeding the animals, not smoking on zoo grounds, no pets, no weapons and the like. There are no rain checks or refunds given at the zoo. The Zoo is located at 1001 North Park Drive in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Clarion - Brandywine Suites, Wilmington
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown with country ambiance and city convenience, the Clarion Collection Brandywine Suites Wilmington provides gracious accommodations and impeccable customer service to make your stay a perfect holiday. Conveniently located near the Grand Opera House, the Clarion Collection Brandywine Suites Wilmington is situated in proximity to a number of attractions including Frawley Stadium, Riverfront Wilmington and the YMCA. You can treat your taste buds with the delicious Continental breakfast or please your palette with the mouth watering cuisines of the nearby Squires Pub Fine Dining, Washington Str. Ale House and J. Farmers Restaurant. 
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington Downtown
Welcome to the Courtyard Wilmington Downtown. If you are searching for affordable comfort and quality, then look no further. The Courtyard Wilmington Downtown is located in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, within five blocks of several theaters, including the Dupont Theater, the Grand Opera House, and the Delaware Center for the Performing Arts. Brandywine Park is four blocks away. The Courtyard Wilmington Downtown is a non- traditional, 10-story, high-rise hotel. The lobby offers a workstation with a printer and high-speed Internet access (surcharge) for guests who bring their own laptops.
Doubletree Hotel Wilmington/Brandywine Valley
The Doubletree Hotel Wilmington/Brandywine is situated in the heart of the picturesque Brandywine Valley, just four miles north of I-95 on the U.S. 202 Business and Commercial Corridor. This hotel sits adjacent the Concord Regional Mall (for duty free shopping), only 25 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport. Guests will find the Doubletree convenient to downtown Wilmington, historic Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum. Local companies include: AstraZeneca, Dupont, A.I. Dupont Children's Hospital, Deloitte, MBNA, P.F.P.C. and Accenture. 
Doubletree Hotel Wilmington Downtown
At the center of downtown Wilmington's business district, the Doubletree Hotel Wilmington Downtown is within walking distance of the U.S. Court of Appeals and state Superior Courts. The hotel is close to Historic Wilmington Square, a charming cluster of landmark 18th century houses and mercantile shops. The Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots is just 10 miles from the hotel. The hotel retains elegant lobby décor and refined furnishings. Catering to guests in the legal profession, the Doubletree Hotel Wilmington Downtown offers a legal center and library, with partitioned studies where attorneys may read briefs and conduct research in solitude. 
Sheraton Suites Wilmington
Outstanding comfort, service and accommodations make the Sheraton Suites Wilmington the premier choice for added value in business or vacation travel. Ideally located in downtown Wilmington, this all-suite, full-service hotel is 24 miles from downtown Philadelphia. The Philadelphia International airport is located only twenty minutes away, the Amtrak station is less than a mile from the hotel and Interstate 95 leads to the hotel doorstep. The Sheraton's recreational facilities include an indoor pool, sauna and fitness room offer the perfect haven after a busy day of work or sightseeing.
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