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Winterthur Point-to-Point is an annual steeplechase race hosted by the National Steeplechase Associate. The event brings more than 15,000 people to the lush green fields of the Winterthur Museum and Garden for a rite-of-spring unique to Delaware. Traditionally held on the first Sunday of May, this year's event will occur on May 8, 2016.


Visitors gather in groups both small and large to watch horse races, known as point-to-point, and other outdoor activities at what is commonly known as the Delaware Derby. Kids enjoy a historic parade with horse-drawn carriages and participants waving in elegantly prepared period dress. Similar to a football game, tailgating is a crucial part of the day, with guests reserving spots months in advance. Take a stroll around the parking grounds to view some truly remarkable displays of elevated tailgating fare. Apart from horses, you can also find a collection of rare Rolls-Royce's perched atop a distinguished hill.

Planning a Visit to Point-to-Point

There are a few things you want to know before visiting the Winterthur Point-to-Point. Most guests arrive early and bring enough food and drink for a full day of activities. Plan on bringing a cooler laden with supplies for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and drinks - both alcoholic and not. Unless you obtain access to a coveted VIP tent, Point-to-Point is entirely BYOB, so be sure to come prepared. Purchase alcohol the day before since Delaware's laws forbid sales before noon on Sundays. Find a spot big enough for your group on the grass, set up camp, then pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate the Delawarian way.

As the first big Spring event of the year, people enjoy dressing to impress. For gentlemen, this includes pastel colors and khakis at a minimum, but don't be surprised when you see groups wearing linen suits. For ladies, airy sundresses and intricate hats are almost as important as the race itself.

Tickets must be purchased in order to attend. Do so at the Winterthur website.

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Point-to-Point Hotel

Are you ready to bask in the sun on the first warm weekend of the year? We are too! Stay at the Crowne Plaza Wilmington North, located less than 10 miles from the Winterthur Museum, and enjoy the following perks during your Point-to-Point adventure:

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking

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