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Exploring Nature on the Riverfront

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Once an industrial site, the Riverfront is now a haven for nature lovers. The Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge is one of the few urban preserves in the nation. Named for the former governor and environmental champion, the 212-acre refuge gives visitors a unique look at fish, birds and animals that make their home in wetlands. The DuPont Environmental Education Center offers interactive exhibits and guided tours. 

Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park is a 2.5-acre natural amphitheater-style park, the site of the Riverfront Blues and Bob Marley music festivals. Throughout the year, the park offers tranquil gardens and bench seating for reflection.

Navigate the Riverfront through the pedestrian-friendly, two-mile Riverwalk or cruise the Christina on the River Taxi, which can be boarded via six docks. 

Rowing on the river combines fitness and nature. The Wilmington Rowing Center and Wilmington Youth Rowing Association offer various rowing programs. You can row for recreation or compete at regional tournaments. WRC and WYRA also sponsor regattas each year. 

Beginners can register for rowing lessons from May through August. Most equipment is provided by the WRC and WYRA.