Division of Parks and Recreation

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Also known as “Delaware State Parks,” this state government agency operates and maintains all 16 of Delaware’s state parks and related nature preserves as well as greenway and trail systems.  The total acreage grows each year; currently it is over 25,000 acres statewide.  Plus, Delaware State Parks also manages the state’s land protection programs and natural resource management programs.Services and facilities include:  open everyday, year-round; offers visitors special events; nature, art, cultural, folklife, and archaeology programs; environmental education in parks and in schools; concerts; hayrides; canoe trips; campgrounds; boat launches; tow marinas; a water-slide park; handicapped accessible programs and services and much, much more!  Check out the website (listed here) for a complete listing of our services.Hours and Entrance Fees:  A daily entrance fee is charged March 1 thru November 30.  *Fort Delaware State Park and the Wilmington State Parks do not charge entrance fees but charge other related fees.  This fee is charged because Delaware State Parks gets only 25% of its approximately $15 million operating budget from tax dollars.  The rest of the budget must be raised through fees.  The fee allows your vehicle and its passengers to enter any state park on the date of the purchase, except Fort Delaware and Wilmington State Parks.  Daily fee:  Inland Parks – $4 for a Delaware registered vehicle and $8 for an out of state vehicle; Ocean Parks – $5 for a Delaware registered vehicle and $10.00 for an out of state vehicle.  Annual passes allow entrance into all state parks that charge entrance fees all year.  Annual Permits:  $35 for a Delaware registered vehicle; $70 for an out of state registered vehicle; $18 for a Senior Delaware resident, $35 for a Senior out of state registered vehicle. The Lifetime Senior resident pass is $65.Park contact information and locations:Alapocas Run State Park  577-1164Auburn Heights 239-5687Bellevue State Park 761-6963Bellevue Arts Center 793-3046Bellevue Meeting Facilities 761-6952 (includes: Bellevue Hall, Cauffiel House, Mt. Pleasant Meeting House, The Parsonage, and The Blue Ball Barn)Fox Point State Park c/o Bellevue State Park 761-6963Brandywine Creek State Park office 577-3534Brandywine Creek Nature Center 655-5740Wilmington State Parks 577-7020 (includes Brandywine Park, Baynard Stadium, Rockford Park, H. Fletcher Brown Park)White Clay Creek State Park 368-6900Chambers House Nature Center 368-6560Fort Delaware State Park 834-7941 (includes the Port Penn Interpretive Center)Grass Dale Meeting Facility 836-7254Lums Pond State Park 368-6989Whale Wallow Nature Center 836-1724Killens Pond State Park 284-4526Cape Henlopen State Park 645-8983Seaside Nature Center 645-6852Delaware Seashore State Park 227-2800Indian River Marina 227-3071Indian River Lifesaving Station 227-6991Holts Landing and Fenwick Island State Park – c/o Delaware Seashore State Park 227-2800Trap Pond State Park 875-5153Baldcypress Nature Center 875-5163The First State Heritage Park at Dover 739-9180