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Beaches to Open Memorial Day Weekend

Beaches will open for normal beach activities starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Beach visitor capacity will be reduced to enable social distancing of 6 feet between family groups. Sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, surfing, kayaking, walk-on surf fishing and other activities will be allowed to resume for Delawareans and for those from out-of-state who have quarantined 14 days. Most park restrooms also open on May 22.

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Covid-19 Updates

Park offices are now open to the public. Visitors 13 and older must bring a mask to enter a park; masks must be worn inside all park offices and in other public areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. All park office sales, including for annual passes and surf-fishing permits, require a credit card; no cash sales. Out-of-state visitors must quarantine for 14 days before entering a state park. Purchase an annual pass to avoid anticipated delays for daily entrance payments.

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Best of Delaware Awards from Delaware Today

Parks Win "Best of Delaware" Awards

We're excited to announce that Cape Henlopen State Park and the Indian River Marina won Best of Delaware awards in the annual competition sponsored by Delaware Today magazine! The Indian River Marina was voted Best Marina Downstate, and Cape Henlopen State Park was voted Best Hiking Downstate. Congratulations to these parks, and a big thank you to our visitors for voting!

2020 Delaware State Parks annual pass

Get Ready for Summer 2020!

2020 annual passes and surf tag permits are now on sale online, at park offices, and at designated retail locations. Get free year-round entry to all state parks charging an entry fee -- substantial discounts available for seniors, Delaware residents, and active-duty military!

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Apply Now for State Park Internships

Get in on a training program that provides practical work experience and valuable training in the many and varied careers available at Delaware State Parks. Spring, summer and year-round positions available in education, research, policy, animal care and more, all while earning up to $4,200 in education stipends.

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Help Your Favorite Park - Volunteer!

In as little as 2 hours, individuals and groups can make a difference in Delaware State Parks. And we have loads of ways for you to get involved! Help out with special events, conservation projects, nature center programming, and more as a volunteer, intern, campground host, or as a member of our Veterans Corps or Youth Conservation Corps.

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