Brandywine Park is the first city park established by the city of Wilmington, Delaware. It is located on the banks of Brandywine Creek, between Augustine Road and North Market Street. The park was established in 1886, and was designed by Samuel Canby, the city's parks commissioner, in consultation with Frederick Law Olmsted. Although initially laid out as a bucolic park with winding paths and roadways, it has since expanded to include active recreation facilities.
The park is approximately 178 acres and it spans both the north and south banks of the Brandywine. Much of the park has been preserved as a mix of wilderness and open space with walking trails and scenic views of the creek and surrounding woods. The open space section of the park includes two formal gardens, a rose garden and a cherry blossom garden. The Brandywine Zoo was created in 1904 and now occupies 12 acres of the park. Brandywine Park also includes active recreational facilities including playgrounds, athletic fields, and Baynard Stadium.
The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It is a unit of Delaware's Wilmington State Parks.
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Stopped by the visitor center which was nice. Not a lot of driving trails but it appeared to have many hiking trails. Will definitely stop back to take a stroll. Saw posts about an additional fee... more »
There's so much to see at this park that I can't help bug make it a staple in my walking routine. The scenery, water and trails are awesome. The only issue I had is there's a lot of construction in... more »
Small but so is cost. Love the wildness of this zoo. Very rustic. Staff has been super friendly. Petting zoo is nice too. Lively, small zoo. Perfect for small kids!!
The Brandywine Arts festival has an impressive display of local artists showcasing their talents. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, clothing, woodworking, and eclectic art pieces. Various food vendors as well. Grab an extra bag of kettle corn to bring home. It's a festival staple.
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