Fort Delaware State Park - Division of Parks and Recreations
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Area Served: Unspecified
Eligibility: Open to the public
Fees: Call for information.
Intake Process: Call for information.
Fort Delaware is one of Delaware's first state parks, created in 1951. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Union fortress dates back to 1859, and once served as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. The State of Delaware acquired the Fort from the Federal Government in 1947.
From the parking area in Delaware City, visitors take a 1/2 mile ferry ride to Pea Patch Island aboard the DRBA's Three Fort Ferry. A jitney provides transport from the island dock to the granite and brick fortress. Here authentically clad historic interpreters begin your journey back to the summer of 1863.
Fort Delaware State Park is open Saturdays through May and Wednesdays through Sundays from mid June until Labor Day. The park is closed Mondays and Tuesdays with the exception of holidays on those weekdays.
Nearby Fort DuPont State Park is open all year from 8:00 am to sunset each day.
The Port Penn Interpretive Center is open Fridays through Sundays from Memorial Day through the last weekend of September.
To ensure that the park or Interpretive Center are open on the date you plan to attend and to obtain program information, please be sure to contact the Park Office at 302-834-7941.