Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City, Delaware

(302) 834-7941
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Summer 2018 Special Notice

When the heat index is between 101° and 109°F, interpreters at Fort Delaware will not be in costume, and the schedule of programs may be altered. Fort Delaware will close to visitors if the predicted heat index is 110° or more.

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Conservation Alert: Bats need your help

Bats are vitally important to our ecology; they help to control pests and are important pollinators. But they're increasingly threatened by White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is killing bats in unprecedented numbers. White-Nose Syndrome has been identified at Fort Delaware; learn about the steps we're asking our visitors to take to prevent the spread of the disease.

Civil War Living History

Fort Delaware, the Union fortress dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.

Visitors take a -mile ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. A jitney provides transport from the island dock to the granite and brick fortress. Here, costumed interpreters take you back to the summer of 1864.

Fort Miles is part of the Delaware History Trail

Fort Delaware is part of The Delaware History Trail! You'll find Fort Delaware's History Trail sign near the Fort's ticket office and gift shop, located at 45 Clinton Street in Delaware City. Download your passport today and start discovering what makes the First State great!

Fill your day with hands-on history. Help the blacksmith hammer out new parts for a cannon or work with the laundress. Be on hand when the 8-inch Columbiad gun fires a live gunpowder charge! See a replica of Pea Patch Island as it appeared in 1864 and artifacts from the Island's past.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our picnic area - tables and grills are provided. Drink machines are available on the island, but there is no concession stand, so please bring your own food if you wish to enjoy a meal during your visit. Chips and other packaged snacks may be purchased at our gift shops.

Natural Treasures

Pea Patch 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. A hiking trail and its observation platform provide opportunities for photography and nature study.

From river crossing to ramparts, Fort Delaware State Park promises an unforgettable experience each time you visit.

Please Note

Private boats are not permitted to dock at Pea Patch Island. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.