Fort Delaware State Park Delaware City
Where is it at?
Fort Delaware State Park
Ferry from 45 Clinton Street
Tel: 302 836-2533
Where are we going today?
Did you know that Fort Delaware State Park is one of Delaware's FIRST state parks? That makes it pretty special! It also happens to feature some pretty amazing historic sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places!
Want to hear some of the amazing history? Let's go! The Union fortress dates back to 1859, and actually once served as a prison for the Confederate prisoners of war. It was actually originally build to protect Philadelphia and Wilmington, and in particular the Ports there.
You journey into Fort Delaware State Park will take you on a 1/2 mile gerry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. Once you arrive, fun and informative costumed interpreters will take you right back to the summer of 1864...you will remember it like it was only yesterday! (Kidding - we know you're not that old!)
The kids day will be filled with hands-on history They can be on hand when that very impressive 8-inch Columbiad gun will actually fire a live gunpowder charge! There is also a replica of Pea Patch Island how it would have been back in 1864, and kids can also check out some artifacts from the island's past.
Fort Delaware State Park isn't all about history though. It's a beautiful part of nature, and teeming with wildlife! Over summer the park is home to 9 different species of herons, ibis and egrets - so keep an eye out! There are also remote marshes which offer a lovely habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the entire East Coast.
Bring those hiking shoes too, because there is a hiking trail and an observation platform great for taking pictures.
So much historical fun for the whole family!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$11 including ferry
- Children$6 (Ages 2 - 12) including ferry
- Free Under: 2 years of age
When can we go?
Ferry departs from 10am, then every 30 minutes.
Seasonal. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Season ends Sept 1.
The state parks are great for students, especially this one with all the history! Just contact the park and see how they can help! .
Bring a picnic lunch! There are tables and grills in their lovely picnic area. There is no concession stands but there are snacks and ships in the gift shop. .
It's always great to bring healthy options because they can keep kids energy going for longer! Make sure you bring water too. .
Any Top Tips?
They sometimes have events which are fun to be a part of, so keep an eye out for those! .
Doing our bit
The park make sure the preserve not only the historical attractions, but the nature and wildlife. .
Need a little extra help?
If you do have any mobility difficulties, just give them a call and see what restrictions there will be. .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop which sells fun items to bring home! .
Pets are not allowed onto the island. .
What people are saying?
by Shannon Sexton
I went there for my daughter field trip she a bzllbut it was really cold
by Ronald Cockerill
Fort delaware aka pea patch island has great attractions and old time reinactments from the civil war error
by Layla Lifesupport
My experience here was both educational and entertaining. Reenactments were pleasantly accurate as well as their willingness to teach about the islands history. I love going here and will continue to do so for as long as i am in Delaware.
by paulie campbell
From the description on the parks website, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised to find interpretive guides in period clothing who played the parts of soldiers and laborers at the fort during the Civil War. Most of them were very good, a few were excellent. They await your arrival at various places throughout the fort. I really learned a lot about the fort and the people who made it home, during my 3 hours at the fort.
by Bruce Johnson
Eleven of us took the ferry to get to Fort Mott on a four-day bike trip. Our leader had called ahead and spoken with the ferry captain, who agreed to let us take four bicycles on the ferry because it would be a slow day (weekend before Memorial Day), and the rest of the bicycles had to be crammed into/onto the sag vehicle. Staff at Fort Delaware State Park didn't know about our leader's call and told us rather firmly, "No bicycles on the ferry", but acceded to the captain's dominion over the ferry. Getting the four bikes on was a tight fit, and...Read More
by Bruce Johnson
Eleven of us took the ferry to get to Fort Mott on a four-day bike trip. Our leader had called ahead and spoken with the ferry captain, who agreed to let us take four bicycles on the ferry because it would be a slow day (weekend before Memorial Day), and the rest of the bicycles had to be crammed into/onto the sag vehicle. Staff at Fort Delaware State Park didn't know about our leader's call and told us rather firmly, "No bicycles on the ferry", but acceded to the captain's dominion over the ferry. Getting the four bikes on was a tight fit, and forget about tandems, trikes, or recumbents.
The moral of the story is to call ahead and seek special dispensation if you need to get bikes across the river. The nearest bike crossing upriver is the Ben Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. If you have a group, try to book a group outing on the ferry.
Also, don't rely on the ferry schedule posted on the park web site -- call the park and find out what the real schedule is.