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Bellevue State Park


Tonight's Concert for July 24th is Cancelled

Tonight's concert has been cancelled due to the heat advisory.

Find Your Adventure at Bellevue

Bellevue Hall at Bellevue State Park

Experience Bellevue Hall

Take a scheduled tour of this former DuPont family mansion, or explore the native and exotic plants and trees in the surrounding arboretum.

The pond at Bellevue

Explore the Pond

Gather your bait and tackle for some quiet fishing, or just sit by the water and enjoy the tranquillity.

 

 

 

Bellevue State Park offers concerts every summer

Enjoy a Concert

Visit our Summer Concert Series page for information about the summer concerts at the park's bandshell.

Bellevue Woods is a nature preserve within Bellevue State Park

Hike Bellevue Woods

This nature preserve in the heart of the city features a flowing creek, large meadows, and deer and other wildlife.

 

The Oval Track at Bellevue State Park is popular with walkers and joggers

Run the Track

Test your endurance around the Oval Track, a 1 1/8-mile former equestrian track that today features 20 exercise stations.

Bellevue State Park offers many great picnic locations

Superintendent’s Pick: Have a Picnic

Pack a lunch and enjoy the grounds of this former DuPont family estate, an outstanding example of leisured life in the Gilded Age.

About the Park

Tucked in the middle of suburban Wilmington sits Bellevue State Park, a former DuPont estate. William Dupont Jr. (1896-1965), the estate's last owner and avid equestrian, transformed this land to include horse stables, indoor horse training facilities, and most notably a 1 ⅛ mile long horse track. Today, the track is used by guests, and encircles meadows, rentable pavilions, and a quaint pond perfect for fishing. William DuPont’s home, Bellevue Hall, stands as the park’s centerpiece, though prior to the 1930s, a Gothic Revival Castle known as Woolton Hall stood in its place. Bellevue Hall is an elegant venue for private events and is surrounded by the Dupont’s collection of trees from around the world. Twelve additional structures that kept the estate self-sustaining can be spotted throughout the park, like the Percheron Barn that watches over the community gardens. Over time, the land evolved to offer guests a chance to also enjoy a round of disc golf through woods and meadows, or a stroll with family, friends, and pets along the paved Northern Greenway Trail.

Outdoor Recreation

A 1-and-1/8-mile fitness track circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish, while the nearby exercise trail offers a refreshing workout. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. If you prefer cycling, both paved and unpaved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.

Bellevue Tennis Center features eight clay courts and offers a number of tennis programs, both instructional and social, as well as tennis lessons and racquet-stringing. Bellevue is also home to Wellspring Farm, a modern equestrian facility with indoor and outdoor arenas offering private and group riding lessons, boarding and therapeutic riding.

Weddings, Meetings and Special Events

Bellevue State Park is home to several venues available for weddings, celebrations and gatherings of all types. The Figure 8 and Hunter Barns supply large flexible spaces both inside and out which can be adapted to a variety of events. The historic Mount Pleasant Meeting House and Parsonage offers an intimate area to hold ceremonies. The Tim Ross Music Garden provides a timeless elegance to any outdoor event, with a stone wall enclosing a slate patio this secluded spot still offers easy access to the rest of the park grounds. One of the most recognizable features of Bellevue’s Summer Concert Series, the Bandshell, offers a large outdoor performance space with ample additional space for seating.

Hosting Your Event at Bellevue

Programs, Concerts, and Camps

Summer theme camps entertain and educate children. Hayrides are available by reservation in the fall, and outdoor ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing are popular in winter, conditions permitting. Information about the summer concerts and performances at the park's bandshell will be available soon.

Nature Preserve

Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve - mixed hardwood forest, stream corridor with rock outcrops. This tract contains mature trees and helps protect a larger contiguous tract of mature woodlands. Provides a buffer to and protection for Stoney Creek. This Nature Preserve is a great example of a small piedmont forested stream corridor.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking, bathrooms in park office

Acreage: 28 acres

Upcoming Events

Bellevue Hall Guided Tours

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:00 AM

From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online.

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Add to Calendar 4/16/2024 10:00:00 AM 4/16/2024 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Bellevue Hall Guided Tours From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online. Bellevue

Bellevue Hall Guided Tours

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

1:00 PM

From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 4/16/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/16/2024 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Bellevue Hall Guided Tours From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online. Bellevue

Dip Netting at Bellevue Pond

Saturday, April 20, 2024

1:00 PM

Bellevue pond is a beautiful centerpiece to our park, but it's also an important part of the local ecosystem. Join the naturalists for a dip netting adventure to explore the ecosystem and discover how we can monitor the health of our pond. Pre-registration required, space is limited, call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free!

Add to Calendar 4/20/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/20/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Dip Netting at Bellevue Pond Bellevue pond is a beautiful centerpiece to our park, but it's also an important part of the local ecosystem. Join the naturalists for a dip netting adventure to explore the ecosystem and discover how we can monitor the health of our pond. Pre-registration required, space is limited, call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free! Bellevue

Arboretum Amble

Friday, April 26, 2024

1:00 PM

Did you know that Bellevue has an arboretum? Dating back to our days as a du Pont Estate, the Bellevue Arboretum has more than 50 different species. Join the naturalists to learn about what it means to be an arboretum and explore some of the trees found here at Bellevue. Meet at the Arts Center. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free!

Add to Calendar 4/26/2024 1:00:00 PM 4/26/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Arboretum Amble Did you know that Bellevue has an arboretum? Dating back to our days as a du Pont Estate, the Bellevue Arboretum has more than 50 different species. Join the naturalists to learn about what it means to be an arboretum and explore some of the trees found here at Bellevue. Meet at the Arts Center. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free! Bellevue

Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve Walk

Friday, April 26, 2024

5:00 PM

The Bellevue Woods are a small but beautiful part of our park. Join the naturalists for a guided adventure up to and through the preserve. Along the way we will stop to talk about what it means to be a nature preserve and what sort of things you might find there. This walk is partially over somewhat rough natural earth, the preserve does have rocks and roots along the trail with some small hills. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free!

Add to Calendar 4/26/2024 5:00:00 PM 4/26/2024 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve Walk The Bellevue Woods are a small but beautiful part of our park. Join the naturalists for a guided adventure up to and through the preserve. Along the way we will stop to talk about what it means to be a nature preserve and what sort of things you might find there. This walk is partially over somewhat rough natural earth, the preserve does have rocks and roots along the trail with some small hills. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free! Bellevue

Birds of Bellevue

Friday, May 3, 2024

8:00 AM

Take a stroll through Bellevue with local experts to see what birds the park has to offer. Beginners welcome. Binoculars are available to borrow upon request. Some trails may be muddy, so dress appropriately. Meet in the parking lot by the Arts Center. Walk-ups welcome. Free with paid park admission!

Add to Calendar 5/3/2024 8:00:00 AM 5/3/2024 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Birds of Bellevue Take a stroll through Bellevue with local experts to see what birds the park has to offer. Beginners welcome. Binoculars are available to borrow upon request. Some trails may be muddy, so dress appropriately. Meet in the parking lot by the Arts Center. Walk-ups welcome. Free with paid park admission! Bellevue

Equestrian History Hike

Sunday, May 19, 2024

1:00 PM

Evidence of Bellevue's equine history is all around us. From historic structures to our present day horse barns, the story of horses at Bellevue has woven into the history of our park. Take a walk with us around the park as we explore the story of William DuPont's remarkable racehorse endeavors. We will travel around to a number of locations around the park and discuss their role in horse history. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free!

Add to Calendar 5/19/2024 1:00:00 PM 5/19/2024 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Equestrian History Hike Evidence of Bellevue's equine history is all around us. From historic structures to our present day horse barns, the story of horses at Bellevue has woven into the history of our park. Take a walk with us around the park as we explore the story of William DuPont's remarkable racehorse endeavors. We will travel around to a number of locations around the park and discuss their role in horse history. Pre-registration recommended: call us at 302-793-3046 or email us at bellevueprogramming@delaware.gov. Free! Bellevue

Bellevue Hall Guided Tours

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

10:00 AM

From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 5/21/2024 10:00:00 AM 5/21/2024 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Bellevue Hall Guided Tours From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online. Bellevue

Bellevue Hall Guided Tours

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1:00 PM

From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 5/21/2024 1:00:00 PM 5/21/2024 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Bellevue Hall Guided Tours From the glamorous du Ponts of the Gilded Age to the eccentric philanthropist who first built his mansion here in the mid 1800's, Bellevue Hall is a testament to its varied architectural and personal history. Come discover the beauty of this historic home on a guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified). We will explore the mansion itself and its interesting quirks, as well as stories of the folks who lived and worked here. This tour will cover the exterior, ground floor, and some of the second floor of the mansion. Price is $6, register online. Bellevue