This will be a “short” walk of about 2-3 miles along the Wilmington Riverfront and then an optional lunch. We will meet at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfont Park and walk to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge and back, stopping for lunch along the way. We will basically be following the Riverwalkers path: here is a link to the map: http://www.riverfrontwilm.com/uploads/pdfs/riverwalkers_map_2012.pdf Those not interested in staying for lunch can leave after the walk. I am thinking we can have lunch at Iron Hill Brewery (www.ironhillbrewery.com/wilmington) but I am not tied to that if the group consensus is to go somewhere else (there are numerous restaurants options along the river).
Parking: The closest lot is located at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Rosa Parks Drive Wilmington, DE 19801) and is free. There is also plentiful parking at free lots near the Shipyard Shops, 900 S. Madison St., the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 S. Madison St., and near the Riverfront Market, 1 S. Market St. Some paid parking available near the Amtrak station, 100 S. French St. (at Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.)
Directions: I 95 exit 6 Proceed to the MARYLAND Ave./Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn RIGHT onto M.L.K. Blvd. Stay in the RIGHT-MOST lane. From MLK BLVD, turn RIGHT onto S. ORANGE ST and left onto WATER STREET. The Riverfront Park is located on Water Street between Market and French Streets across from the Amtrak Train Station (100 South French St Wilmington, DE 19801).
Additional Info about the route: Start at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, at Water and South French streets. Twenty-one placards spaced along the walkway tell the history of the Christina River and the city, beginning with the development of industry, shipbuilding, and other transportation here. The Underground Railroad, which ran through Wilmington, is remembered as well, as are efforts to restore wetlands and excavate archaeological sites. Sometimes you can also see the Kalmar Nyckel, a reproduction of the ship that brought Wilmington's first settlers. Dravo Plaza, lined with huge cranes, recalls the city's shipbuilding history and its contributions to World War II. Visitors who make it to the end of the Riverfront will reach the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The 225 acres of marshland have become home to many birds and other creatures.