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Wilmington State Parks


Announcements

Playgrounds Currently Closed

The Can-Do Playground and other state park playgrounds remain closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For other information about other current safety measures in Delaware State Parks, please visit our COVID-19 page.

Monkey Hill Pavilion Closed

The Monkey Hill Pavilion adjacent to the Brandywine Zoo is currently closed for construction of the new Brandywine Zoo Quarantine Support Facility and will remain closed until further notice.

Find Your Adventure at Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower at Wilmington State Parks offers great views of the city of Wilmington, DE

Explore Rockford Park

Climb to the top of 100-year-old Rockford Tower for a spectacular view of the city. Pack a picnic and relax on the lawn, or bring your dogs to enjoy to the dog park.

The Brandywine River flows beneath a historic Wilmington bridge at Wilmington State Parks

Experience the Brandywine River

Walk the river’s edge in Brandywine Park, stop and smell the roses in the Jasper Crane Rose Garden, and enjoy views of the Wilmington skyline from the swinging bridge. You’ll witness the development of Wilmington State Parks as the recreational hub for the city of Wilmington.

African-American Medal of Honor Memorial at Wilmington State Parks

Witness History

Drive along the streets of Wilmington to appreciate the cultural history preserved in Wilmington State Parks. You can pay your respects at the African-American Medal of Honor Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, or the Winged Victory Monument.

The Sugar Bowl at Wilmington State Parks

Visit the Sugar Bowl

The Sugar Bowl was constructed in 1895 on the edge of a cliff to offer picturesque views of the Brandywine River. Today, the observatory has been restored and is used for community events and free summer concerts. Stop by to see the view, watch migrating birds, or to enjoy a concert.

About Wilmington State Parks

Find recreation, history, education, and sports and community events right in the heart of Wilmington. These parks are the perfect place to relax, hike, picnic, or just enjoy the beauty of the Brandywine River.

The Van Buren Street bridge, built in 1906

While certain portions of Wilmington State Parks are owned by the City of Wilmington, Delaware State Park rules and regulations apply to all areas.

Wilmington State Parks Sites

Josephine fountain is located at Brandywine Park.

Brandywine Park

The park is home to the Brandywine Zoo and to Baynard Stadium. The iconic Sugar Bowl, constructed in 1902, was recently restored, thanks to efforts by Friends of Wilmington Parks. Brandywine Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Located on North Park Drive

Rockford Tower

Rockford Park

The 100-year-old Rockford Tower is the centerpiece of this park. The historic stone water tower is located amid rolling hills and vistas offering beautiful views of the city.

Located at 2000 Lookout Drive

race street bridge

H. Fletcher Brown

Meet a friend, eat lunch or stroll through this intimate park adjacent to Brandywine Park. An overlook provides scenic views of the Brandywine River and the historic millrace that provides much of Wilmington's water supply.

Located at the corner of South Park Drive and N. King St.

Upcoming Events

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, September 27, 2020

1:00 PM

The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar 9/27/2020 1:00:00 PM 9/27/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, October 4, 2020

1:00 PM

The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar 10/4/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/4/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, October 11, 2020

1:00 PM

The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar 10/11/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/11/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Wilmington State Parks

Rockford Tower Opening

Sunday, October 18, 2020

1:00 PM

The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Add to Calendar 10/18/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/18/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Rockford Tower Opening The Rockford Tower opens to the public on Sunday afternoons. Climb to the top of this historic tower and glimpse a beautiful view of Wilmington. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather. Wilmington State Parks

Monuments Hike

Saturday, November 14, 2020

10:00 AM

Join the park naturalists as we explore the multitude of monuments in Brandywine Park. Learn more about the ways we honor those who have contributed to our community. Pre-registration required by noon, Friday, November 13. Free

Add to Calendar 11/14/2020 10:00:00 AM 11/14/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Monuments Hike Join the park naturalists as we explore the multitude of monuments in Brandywine Park. Learn more about the ways we honor those who have contributed to our community. Pre-registration required by noon, Friday, November 13. Free Wilmington State Parks

A Night at the Tower

Saturday, November 14, 2020

6:00 PM

Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington! FREE

Add to Calendar 11/14/2020 6:00:00 PM 11/14/2020 7:00:00 PM America/New_York A Night at the Tower Climb to the top of the tower to see the night sky and the city of Wilmington! FREE Wilmington State Parks

Photo of "The Apprentice" at H. Fletcher Brown park by Ethelred unraed [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons