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Bellevue State Park
A Park For All Seasons
Bellevue Hall mansion commands a grand view of this historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William 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 was acquired by the State of Delaware in 1976.
The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has retained the historic charm of Bellevue while providing many opportunities for recreation. Walking and jogging are popular activities at any time of the year. A 1-1/8 mile fitness track circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish, while the nearby exercise trail offers a refreshing workout. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. If you prefer cycling, both paved and unpaved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.
Bellevue is a delightful place for a picnic, too. Tables are located throughout the park, and pavilions can be reserved for larger groups. The Hunter Barn provides indoor picnic facilities upon reservation. Or, simply spread a blanket on the lawn to enjoy old-fashioned outdoor dining.
Meetings and Special Events
Bellevue Hall is an elegant setting for group functions such as meetings and receptions. Mansion tours are offered periodically. Discover how William du Pont, Jr. transformed the mansion from a Gothic Revival castle into a replica of President James Madison's home, Montpelier.
Tennis and Equestrian Centers
The tennis facilities are outstanding, with eight outdoor clay courts. A tennis professional is a available for lessons, and a pro shop stocks your favorite equipment. Bellevue also boasts a modern equestrian facility, with indoor and outdoor arenas for riding lessons.
Programs, Concerts, and Camps
Recreational activities are first-rate, with a variety of programs for visitors of all ages. Summer theme camps entertain and educate children. From June through August, enjoy evening concerts and performances at the Bandshell. Hayrides (by reservation) are fun in the fall. Outdoor ice skating is also allowed, conditions permitting. Bellevue is truly a park for all seasons.