Below are lists of beautiful State Parks in Delaware, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island, Lewes and more.
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Indian River Inlet
This elegant estate is gracefully set amidst hundreds of acres of parkland and surrounded by lovely formal gardens. Bellevue Hall mansion commands a grand view of this historic estate. And its present form reflects alterations made by William H. du Pont, Jr. Mr. du Pont surrounded his home with the finest facilities: tennis courts, equestrian stables, gardens, and a picturesque pond amid woodlands and fields overlooking the Delaware River. The park now covers 328 acres and it provides many opportunities for recreation. Walking and jogging are popular activities at any time of the year. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. Bellevue is a delightful place for a picnic, too. Tables are located throughout the park, and pavilions can be reserved for larger groups. Or, simply spread a blanket on the lawn to enjoy old-fashioned outdoor dining. Visitors to Bellevue State Park will find overnight accommodations, historic special event facilities, hiking trails, tennis courts, equestrian paths, disc golf, a playground, picnicking, and fishing opportunities.
Open daily: 8 a.m. until sunset year-round
800 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809
Phone: (302) 761-6963
Fax: (302) 761-6951
Tennis Center: (302) 798-6686
Cape Henlopen State Park
Those who like to enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing, Cape Henlopen State Park is the perfect place. Cape Henlopen’s beaches attract thousands of visitors. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. The swimming area provides a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms, and a food concession. The park also conducts a variety of entertaining recreational programs, including natural history lectures, outdoor concerts, seaside seining, and bird watching. An 18-hole disc golf course encourages friendly competition, and basketball courts promote more active exercise. Annual events such as the Kite Festival and the Halloween Fantasy Trail are family favorites. You also can take a trail break and climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower, where the 360-degree views are spectacular.
Open daily: 8 a.m. until sunset year-round
42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
Phone: (302) 645-8983
Seaside Nature Center: (302) 645-6852
Biden Environmental Training Center: (302) 644-5005
Delaware Seashore State Park
The park is a major attraction for millions of visitors who enjoy the large variety of water-related activities available along Delaware’s coast. Bounded on the east by the mighty Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, the 2825-acre park is a beach goers’ delight. The main attraction for many visitors is swimming and sunbathing along the park’s spectacular beaches. Lifeguards patrol the beaches from 9 am to 5 pm daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Snack foods are available at the bathhouses, and umbrellas, chairs, and rafts can be rented on the beach. Fishing and boating are very popular year-round here.
Most areas are open: 8 a.m. until sunset, year-round.
130 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Campground: (302) 539-7202
Fenwick Island State Park
This amazing state park is situated between the popular resort towns of Bethany Beach to the north and Fenwick Island and Ocean City to the south. The area that is Fenwick Island State Park remained largely undisturbed, even as the towns of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island were established. Swimming, Surfing, and Sunbathing are the main activities of the ocean side of the park. Fenwick Island State Park is a relaxing escape from the summer crowds. One of the newest features at the park is the modern bathhouse, which offers convenient showers and changing rooms, a gift shop, and a snack food concession. During the summer months, umbrellas, chairs, and rafts may be rented on the beach. Three dune crossings provide fishing access for vehicles with the proper permit to drive onto the beach.
Open daily: 8 a.m. until sunset, year-round.
Inlet 850, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Fort Delaware State Park
Fort Delaware is one of Delaware’s first state parks, created in 1951. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Your day will be filled with hands-on history, which might require_once helping the blacksmith hammer out new parts for a cannon or working with the laundress. Here tables and grills are provided for your picnic lunch. Pea Patch Island also features many natural treasures. The island is a summer home to nine different species of herons, egrets, and ibis. The remote marshes provide an outstanding habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the East Coast.
P.O. Box 170, Delaware City, DE 19706
Phone: (302) 834-7941
Port Penn Interpretive Center: (302) 836-2533
Fort Miles Historical Area
Fort Miles is a special place for families, history buffs, veterans, or anyone interested in learning about the Delaware shore and WWII. You can take a tour of the Fort, enjoy an interpretive program, dance to a swing band, and celebrate the “greatest generation” in our nation’s history. During World War II, the Delaware River was a chief priority for defense planners because of the access it afforded to the giant trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park, was a key piece in the nation’s coastal defense at that time.
C/o Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
Holts Landing State Park
Holts Landing is an undiscovered facet of the Diamond State’s park system. The 203 acres area contains a variety of beautiful landscapes, from Bay Shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests. Holts Landing State Park is home to the only pier on Delaware’s Inland Bay that was built specifically for crabbing. This small bayside park provides a surprising variety of recreation pursuits. The large grassy lawns overlooking the bay invite visitors to spread out a picnic blanket. Picnic tables and grills are located under shade trees throughout the park. A picnic pavilion with a built-in barbeque grill can be reserved for family reunions, corporate parties, and other group events. Visitors can enjoy the park’s peaceful surroundings with a quiet stroll along the shoreline or through the fields. Holts Landing harbors many pleasant surprises.
Open daily: 8 a.m. – sunset year-round
C/o Delaware Seashore State Park
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Indian River Marina
Located on the north side of the Indian River Inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park, the park’s marina features many convenient services for boaters and fishermen. And it’s just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Inland Bays – some of the finest fishing grounds on the east coast! This amazing state park provides camping and recreational amenities for the whole family. Whether you are a boater or simply an occasional water vacationer, you will find a reason to visit and stay at the Indian River Marina!
39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Lums Pond State Park
Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails. Lums Pond itself covers 200 acres, and although there is no swimming allowed, boat rentals and fishing provide water-bound recreation in the summer months. A boat launching ramp and two piers allow easy access to the water. This area was first used as a state park in 1963.
1068 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701
Whale Wallow Nature Center: (302) 836-1724
Trap Pond State Park
The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a saw mill during the harvest of large baldcypress from the area. Visitors have many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the wetland forest. Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Bird watching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a Great Blue Heron, owl, hummingbird and warbler. A boat launching ramp can accommodate small motorized boats for fishing or scenic excursions. In addition to the natural attractions, the park offers a variety of recreational activities. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs that will enhance any visit to the park. Picnic areas overlook the pond and three pavilions may be reserved for group events.
Open daily: 8 a.m. until sunset, year-round
33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
Campground: (302) 875-2392
Baldcypress Nature Center: (302) 875-5163