Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware City

#4 of 32 in Historic Sites in Delaware
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Fort Delaware State Park is a 288-acre (117 ha) Delaware state park on Pea Patch Island in New Castle County, Delaware, in the United States. A fortress was built on Pea Patch Island by the United States Army in 1815, near the conclusion of the War of 1812, to protect the harbors of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fort was burned and rebuilt in the years prior to the American Civil War, and soon after the start of the war the fort was converted to a Prisoner of War camp. Fort Delaware continued to protect the mouth of the Delaware River through World War I and II. Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware was declared surplus land by the United States Department of Defense in 1945.

Fort Delaware State Park, one of the first state parks in Delaware, was established in 1951. The park, which can only be accessed by ferry, is open for historic programs at Fort Delaware. The fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to historical preservation, Fort Delaware State Park is also open for picnicking and hiking.

Visitors to the park may reach it by ferry from Delaware City or Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey. Fort Delaware State Park is 0.5-mile (800 m) from Delaware City via the Forts Ferry Crossing. Passengers aboard the ferry are granted access to Fort Mott State Park.

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  • Even with my keen interest in history, only recently have I learned about Ft. Delaware and even more recently about the opportunity to visit. For my family of 3, $36 total paid for our boat ride from....  more »
  • great place to take the family.. educational and fun..everything is outside so pick a good weather day.  more »
  • Great old fort with teen actors. All of the reenactors are very knowledgeable and love to share their info.
  • Overall, great experience! It's started out a little rough when the ferry left early; however, the staff handled the situation perfectly. The ferry ride was great and definitely added to the experience. On the island, we paid $5 extra per person for the inside tour, which lasted about 2 and 1/2 hours. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Also, we got to see parts of the fort that aren't included in the regular admission. One important thing to note is that this is a "leave it as is" site; therefore, any trash must taken with you when you leave the island and food and drink options on the island are very limited. Highly recommended!

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