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“A pleasant place to visit with young kids”

Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Milford
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Owner description: Abbott’s Mill Nature Center encompasses a picturesque pond surrounded by meadows, streams, woodlands, swamps, wetlands, a historic gristmill, and a modern education building. At the heart of Abbott’s is the 377-acre Milford Millponds Nature Preserve, where 5 miles of free trails wind their way through woodlands to meadows as wildflowers, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and insects flourish. Additionally, our 108-acre Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve, located in the Town of Slaughter Beach, is used for seasonal education programs and hosts a new pair of nesting Ospreys. Built in 1802, and on the National Register of Historic Places, Ainsworth Abbott’s Mill is a preserved, working gristmill run solely by a water turbine, and features both a stone & roller mill operation. Public tours of the Mill are offered every 3rd Saturday, March – November, from 2 – 3:30 pm. Educational programs for the public, schools, and scouts are offered year-round for all ages. Our Visitor Center is pet friendly and offers a variety of free exhibits including an aquatic touch tank. Abbott’s serves as a partnership between the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, the Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the Delaware Nature Society, a state-wide, 6,000 member, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve our environment by connecting people to the natural world through education, advocacy, and conservation. DNS members receive reduced pricing for programs, free canoe rentals on Abbott’s Pond, and discounts at local retail affiliates. We are located just 4 miles from downtown Milford, DE, at 15411 Abbotts Pond Road, off Rt. 36. The Visitor Center is open year round Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and during April – November on Saturday & Sunday as well, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Trails are open for hiking, biking, and dog walking every day from dawn to dusk, including a 5K cross-country trail adjoined to Blair’s Pond.
Rockville, Maryland
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450 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“A pleasant place to visit with young kids”
Reviewed 3 August 2012

First, with regards to the person who wrote a review about eating here. This is not a restaurant. Maybe he did not like his picnic lunch. Must have thought that he was at Abbots Grill. Suggest that you check to see if the mill will be open. Makes for a little more interest as well as the nature center. Fun to do this with 6 to 9 year olds. There is not a lot here. Nature trail is short and easy and kids will like the viewing platform. You could spend and hour of so here.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank TomWall60
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Salisbury, Maryland
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit.”
Reviewed 2 August 2012 via mobile

The day we visited, the mill it was closed but the nature trails were open. It was absolutely beautiful. You could just feel the history at the mill. It's a wonderful place for picture taking. We will return when it's open.

2 Thank only1kirk
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Smyrna, Delaware
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cool Place for the Kids”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Went there as a child and thought it was cool. Neat place to take my kids!

Thank TheLehaneTeam
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Milford, Delaware
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“Lovely Visit”
Reviewed 16 November 2010

We had a peaceful, relaxing visit to Abbott's Mill Nature Center.

1 Thank jmarkopoulos
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