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Alapocas Run State Park
A pavilion and picnic area with tables and grills are located on the east side of the park, near the Can-Do Playground. Reserve the pavilion by contacting the park office at the Blue Ball Barn, (302) 577-1164. Besides the Can-Do Playground, a barrier-free playing area for children of all abilities, the park features athletic fields and hiking trails. Alcohol is not permitted.
Bellevue State Park
Three pavilions are available for rental. Each pavilion has a large grill, volleyball court and horseshoe pit. Game bags may be rented when you rent a pavilion. Picnic tables with small grills are scattered throughout the park. Alcohol is permitted in cans or bottles.
Brandywine Creek State Park
One large pavilion with a capacity of 80 to 100 is available. Game bags may be rented along with the pavilion. Picnic tables with small grills are located near Hawk Watch Hill, the Amphitheater, and the Thompson's Bridge parking lot. Special use passes are available for park entrance during special events. Alcohol is not permitted.
Cape Henlopen State Park
This park features three pavilions for rent, picnic tables with grills at the fishing pier, and picnic areas with large grills for rent at the main beach area. Gordons Pond has picnic areas for rent with large grills and a fire ring, and picnic tables with grills at the basketball courts. Disc golf and a workout station are also available near the basketball court. Alcohol is permitted in the picnic area and at surf-fishing beaches.
Delaware Seashore State Park
A pavilion is available on the bayside at Savages Ditch Road on a first-come, first-served basis with no rental fee. There are picnic tables and free-standing grills at Towers Road and the South Inlet Day Area (guarded beaches). Gas or charcoal grills may be used at these beaches and in surf fishing areas. Alcohol is permitted at surf-fishing beaches. Accessible ramps can be found at the guarded beaches and there is a non-motorized boat ramp at New Road.
Fenwick Island State Park
Picnic tables are placed outside the concession area. Visitors may bring gas or charcoal grills to use outside of the guarded area at the discretion of the lifeguard. Alcohol is permitted on surf fishing beaches.
Fort Delaware State Park
There are two picnic areas with tables on Pea Patch Island. One is located outside the Fort, and the other is located inside, in the food concession area. Small charcoal grills are located in the picnic area outside the Fort, but visitors must take used charcoal and ashes with them when they leave. Alcohol is not permitted on Pea Patch Island.
Fort DuPont State Park
Picnic tables are located both at Grass Dale and at The Point, the riverfront area of the park. Each picnic area has charcoal grills. Visitors will need to bring their own charcoal. Alcohol is permitted at The Point, but not in the parking lot.
Holts Landing State Park
The pavilion at this park features picnic tables and a large grill built into one wall. Alcohol is permitted with the exception of beer kegs and glass bottles. The park also features a 24-hour boat ramp and a crabbing and fishing pier.
Killens Pond State Park
Rental pavilions include picnic tables, a large grill, water, electric and trash removal. There are three picnic areas available to rent. These are separated from the picnic areas that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Grills are permitted as is alcohol, with the exception of beer kegs. DJs are permitted in the Campground Pavilion and the Sports Complex Pavilion.
Lums Pond State Park
The park is divided into five distinct areas. The areas each include restrooms, and have either a pavilion to rent; picnic areas that are available for reservations; picnic areas that are available on a first-come, first-served basis; or a combination. For more information, download the Picnic Information Packet (.pdf format).
Sport equipment bags are available for rental. All the areas have access to the Swamp Forest Trail which circles the pond, and the Little Jersey Trail. Parking is also available in each area.
Area 1 has a large picnic area available for rent. This area also features a Disc Golf course, horseshoe pits, and vending machines.
Area 2 features a pavilion with 14 tables as well as a large picnic area available for rent. Other amenities include boat rentals; playground; tennis, badminton, basketball and volleyball courts; and horseshoe pits. Area 3 also has a pavilion for rent that holds 14 tables, and features areas for softball, volleyball, soccer and horseshoes.
Area 4's rental pavilion has 12 picnic tables, a picnic area for rental, and picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors to Area 4 can take advantage of the Life Course Trail and horseshoe pits. Area 5 at the Whale Wallow Nature Center has picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis and is close to the fishing pier and Sensory Loop.
Trap Pond State Park
Four pavilions are available for rentals. The two that are located in the Cypress Point area of the park are close together and are rented as one unit. The others are located in the main picnic area of the park. Also at Cypress Point and in the main picnic area are grills and tables that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alcohol is permitted in the Cypress Point area but not in the main picnic area.
White Clay Creek State Park
The pavilion at White Clay Creek can accommodate 100 to 150 people and features a large grill. A volleyball net and horseshoe pit are located at the pavilion and a playground and restrooms are nearby. Alcohol is permitted in the picnic area in bottles or cans.
Wilmington State Parks
A small pavilion is located at Monkey Hill in Brandywine Park. There are two picnic areas in Brandywine Park and one in Rockford Park that are available to reserve, and grills are located throughout the two parks. Nearby, visitors will find baseball, softball and multi-use fields, hiking trails, the Jasper Crane Rose Garden and the Brandywine Zoo. Alcohol is not permitted. To reserve, call the park office, (302) 577-7020.