From history to oceans and more Delaware State Parks offer something for everyone. If you are looking to add extra fun to your summer vacation try stopping at a state park. My family enjoys doing this. We’ve found it to be a good way to stretch our legs after being cooped up in the car. It also allows us to use some energy and recharge before hitting the road again.
Delaware has some excellent state parks that are great add-ons. Some of the also make terrific destinations in their own right.
There are 16 state parks in Delaware. Most of them charge entrance fees. You can buy an annual pass sticker that will allow you to visit most parks for unlimited visits for a full year. The price varies depending on age and state residency status. The in-state passes range from $24 – $50 and out-of-state stickers are twice that. Best of all, the passes can be ordered online.
Fenwick Island State Park
Rehobeth Beach, Delaware
8:00 am – Sunset
For a great getaway you cannot beat a trip to the seashore. At this park you can swim, sunbathe and surf. Umbrella chairs and rafts may be rented during the summer. Concessions, gift shop and a modern bathhouse are available. The beach patrol operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9:00 – 5:00.
Fenwick Island State Park is located on Route 1 north of Fenwick, Delaware.
Fort DuPont State Park
45 Clinton St
Delaware City, DE 19706
Phone: (302) 834-7941
Open from 8:00 am – Sunset.
History buffs will truly enjoy Fort DuPont. With easy access from Delaware City, this fort was used as an active military base from the Civil War through World War II. Open all year, the park offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, tennis and basketball courts and a self-guided history trail.
Wilmington State Parks
1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802
Phone: (302) 571-7788
Fax: (302) 571-7787
The only zoo in the state is a Delaware State Park. If you are in Wilmington why not stop in at the Brandywine Zoo? Nominal entrance fees and hours vary by season and the age of the visitor. The fees are generally from $2-$3 for children and $4-$5 for adults. The 12 acre sites features a wide variety of animals including Siberian tigers, otters, birds, mammals and others. The park is fully accessible. There is no charge for parking.
Alapocas Run State Park
1914 West Park Dr.
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
Phone: (302) 577-1164
Open Daily 8 a.m. to Sunset
This state park is the newest in the Delaware park system. It is conveniently located right off of I-95 in Wilmington, Delaware. Who would have thought that such scenic beauty would be contained right in the heart of such a busy city?
The activities offered here include an accessible playground, conference rooms and meeting facility, hiking trails, rock climbing, athletic fields and picnic areas. There is also a folk-art collection that displays the work of several area artists.
These Delaware State Parks are listed for their easy access from the interstate or other highway. It is not a complete list of every park.
For more information on other Delaware State Parks please see the resource list for this article.
Delaware State Parks