Lakeside pavilion at Trap Pond

Pavilions + Picnic Areas

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. Besides the Can-Do Playground, a barrier-free playing area for children of all abilities, the park features athletic fields and hiking trails. Pavilion capacity is 50 people. Alcohol and balloons are not permitted.

Bellevue State Park

Three pavilions are available for rental. Each pavilion has a large grill, volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Game bags may be rented when you rent a pavilion. Two picnic areas, each with picnic tables and a small grill, are also available for rental. Picnic table with small grills available on a first-come, first-served basis are scattered throughout the park. Alcohol is permitted in cans or bottles.

Brandywine Creek State Park

One large pavilion with a capacity of 80 is available to rent. A picnic area with a capacity of 50 is also available to rent. Picnic tables with small grills are located near Hawk Watch Hill, the Amphitheater, and the Thompson's Bridge parking lot. Alcohol in bottles or cans is permitted in the pavilion area.

Cape Henlopen State Park

This park offers two pavilions for rent. The largest pavilion, located at the main beach area, offers two event-size barbecue grills and picnic table seating for up to two hundred and twenty people. A disc golf course, workout station and basketball court are located nearby. A smaller pavilion, located at Gordons Pond, offers picnic table seating for 50, a large barbecue grill and a fire ring. Both pavilions have pedestrian dune crossing access to the beach. Alcohol is permitted in the pavilion areas and on the surf fishing beaches, but is not allowed on swimming beaches. A pavilion located at the fishing pier is available to picnickers on a first-come, first-served basis only.

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.

Fox Point State Park

Two pavilions are available for rental. Each pavilion has a large grill and horseshoe pits. The pavilions share a volleyball court. Alcohol is not permitted.

Holts Landing State Park

The pavilion at this park features picnic tables and a large grill. 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 charcoal grill, water, electric and trash removal. There are also three picnic areas available to rent, they do not include trash removal or electric. These are separated from the picnic areas that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Small portable gas grills are permitted as is alcohol, with the exception of beer kegs. DJs/amplified music is permitted in the Sports Complex Pavilion only (Pavilion #1). If you wish to use space outside of the pavilion (vendors, inflatables, tents, etc) you must have prior permission from the park and pay a special use fee.

Lums Pond State Park

The park is divided into five distinct areas. Each area includes restrooms and has 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.

Sports equipment bags are available for rental. All 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

Area 1 has a large pavilion area to rent, with electric, water, 12 picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. This area also features a disc golf course, horseshoe pits, the Go Ape Adventure Course, and vending machines. Restrooms are available.

Area 2

Area 2 has a large pavilion , with 14 tables and a large charcoal grill available for rent, as well as a large picnic area available for rent with 14 picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. Other amenities include boat rentals, a playground, tennis, badminton, basketball and volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. Restrooms are available.

Area 3

Area 3 has a rental pavilion with 14 tables and a large charcoal grill. Amenities include horseshoes and reservable baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer /football fields. Restrooms are available.

Area 4

Area 4's rental pavilion has 12 picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. A reservable picnic area is available for rent with 12 picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. Visitors to Area 4 can take advantage of the Life Course Trail and horseshoe pits. Restrooms are available.

Area 5

Area 5 is across the street from the Whale Wallow Nature Center and has picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis. The fishing pier and Sensory Loop are nearby. Restrooms are available.

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.

White Clay Creek State Park

The pavilion at White Clay Creek is available by advanced reservation. Accommodating 100 to 150 people, it features a large grill, a volleyball net and a horseshoe pit. Restrooms, a playground, hiking trails and a disc golf course are located nearby. The park also has a smaller picnic area with small grills that is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alcohol is permitted in bottles and cans in the pavilion/picnic area only.

Wilmington State Parks

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.

Important information about making a pavilion or picnic area reservation

The following information will help you better navigate the new system and quickly make your reservation.

  1. Know the date you want to reserve the picnic area
  2. Know the park where you want to have your event. If reserving online, click the "Reserve Now!" button next to the park of your choice.
  3. Several parks have more than one pavilion and picnic area, so you’ll want to know the site name you want to reserve. Park maps are available on our reservation system website if you are not familiar with the location.
  4. Have your contact information available (name, address, day phone, etc.). This is needed should the park staff need to contact you at a later date.


  • Walk-in Reservations  - cash, check and credit card (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted. 
  • Internet Reservations – Credit card Only (Visa, MasterCard).
  • Call Center Reservations at 1-877-98-PARKS.  Credit card and check are accepted.  Payments by check must be received within 10 days of the reservation or the reservation will be voided.NOTE:  Telephone reservations are not accepted at state park offices, but will to be forwarded to the call center.
    See below for additional information regarding payment for non-profits and State of Delaware agencies

Cancellation Policy

A $30 cancellation fee is charged if you cancel your reservation more than 30 days in advance of your reservation date.

No refunds are made for pavilion reservations that are cancelled 30 days or fewer in advance of your reservation date.

Other Information

You may reserve as early as one year in advance of your preferred date.

If your desired date is unavailable, you may sign up to receive notification by e-mail if we receive a cancellation for that date.

Delaware State Parks practice Carry-In, Carry-Out, so please bring bags to take your trash out with you. Some parks permit alcohol in certain areas -- visit our picnic locations page for more information.

Be sure to bring what you need for the perfect picnic, but remember to leave your pets at home.

Non-Profit and State of Delaware Agency Information

  • Discounts available for weekday pavilion rentals.
  • Non-Profit Groups
    Please have your 501c3 number available when making the reservation. Your reservation may not be accepted if proof of your non-profit status is not presented.
  • State of Delaware Agencies
    Payment for reservations will only be accepted by credit cards or check. With the new automated system, IVs are no longer accepted as a form of payment.