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Bear gets its name from a tavern that had a sign depicting a large bear. Formerly known as an agricultural town, Bear is now considered more developed, with increasing numbers of retail centers. Family-oriented entertainment is what Bear is about. People can partake in the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course for an interesting and exciting day of outdoor fun. Lums Pond State Park offers camping, sports, hiking, fishing, and climbing around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. Beck's Pond Park is a bit more relaxed, with its gazebo, picnic tables, grills, pond, and playground. The Delaware Rock Gym offers indoor climbing opportunities while the Hullabaloo Amusement Center offers arcade fun Mansion House Paintball lets families, friends, groups, and parties engage in paintball or woodsball.

Bear, Delaware, a census-designated place (CDP) in New Castle County, has a population of 17,600. Bear is located south of Wilmington in a rural area and had previously supported small corn and cattle farms. Bear eventually became known for its housing developments and shopping centers along U.S. Route 40. The town is largely residential, with single family homes making up the bulk of the housing options. Formerly known as an agricultural town, Bear is considered more developed, with increasing retail centers.
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