We have lived in this area for 16+ years now, and we keep discovering new things. I'm shocked that we never knew about this one - the Wilmington Flower Market. It's an annual carnival in Rockford Park, complete with plenty of rides for the kids and flowers galore.
The weather was absolutely 100% perfect. Blue sky, low humidity, probably 65-70 degrees, slight breeze... If I could bottle up this weather and use it all year long I would. Starting off the evening I parked a few blocks away, and in this area of Wilmington there are some really neat row houses, like this one:
Someday, after the kids head off to college, the wife and I might downsize and live in a city, and it would be cool to be in something like this.
Once you get into Rockford park, the fun begins! The carnival atmosphere was in full swing:
That's Rockford Tower back there, almost blending in with the surroundings since everything else is full of color.
And for parents out there, we all know what carnivals like this mean: tickets for the rides.
I'm always amazed at how these traveling carnivals can haul around such huge rides, like this:
And my middle child was finally big enough to ride some of these rides now, so it was a big day for him. He's somewhere in the blur of this next picture:
While he rode that big-boy ride, his mom stood by proudly to watch:
Did I mention what a beautiful day it was? Really, I can't believe how perfect it is out there...
The light from the setting sun really made things look crisp and colorful:
And the tower looming above was calling our name - since they had the doors open! I've never seen the doors open, and wanted to climb up and see what it was like. The old tower sure does deliver:
After the tower, we treated our middle-son and his friend to cotton candy while my wife did one of her favorite activities: kissing the baby!
And on our way out, we had to take a quick stroll through the little tent areas with the booths. You never know what you'll find there:
Well, it was a very nice way to spend a couple of hours after work on a Friday for sure. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, especially my own mom, my sister, and my awesome wife, mother of our 3 little goof-balls. You're all the best!