Join us in our mission to connect families and friends to the resources Delaware State Parks has to offer. From natural rock walls at Alapocas State Park to the sandy beaches of Cape Henlopen, Delaware has something for everyone. The discoveries are endless when taking part in our Passport Program. Win prizes and make memories to last a lifetime.
Plan your hike, beach day, or historical tour, and while you're at the park take a photo of yourself at the passport photo location. Track the places you have visited. Upload your pictures and cool stories using the form on this page to share your adventures. Complete all 19 photo locations to win awesome Delaware State Parks gear and an annual pass for the next calendar year! Limited 2 annual passes per household. Participant must be in every submitted photo but family and friends are encouraged to join in on the fun.
Passport photo locations are listed below.
6796 Northern Del Grnwy Trail,
Wilmington, DE 19803
Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, Rock Wall
Visitors to Alapocas Run must see the craggy blue rock walls along Brandywine Creek. Once an old quarry, visitors now can top-rope climb and rappel on these rocks..
3000 Creek Rd,
Hockessin, DE 19707
No Trail, The Marshall Bridge
The Marshall Bridge (formerly McIntyre Bridge) is an 1883 bowstring truss bridge from Iowa. Constructed by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company, it spanned the Skunk River for over 100 years. A road closure, plus extensive storm damage marked the end of its Iowa life. Disassembled, refurbished, and reconstructed by the nonprofit group Workin’ Bridges as part of historic bridge preservation efforts, it was repurposed by Delaware State Parks in 2018 as part of the Auburn Valley State Park trail system. The bridge was dedicated as the Marshall Family Bridge on November 9, 2018. The bridge itself is not currently open. Please take your selfie from a safe distance.
800 Carr Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19809
Take the 1.5-mile Nature Preserve Trail, Bellevue Hall
Bellevue Hall, a former DuPont residence, was first built to resemble a Gothic Revival Castle! William J. DuPont, Jr. transformed the building into a replica of President James Madison’s home, Montpelier, and surrounded it with gardens, stables, and a beautiful pond. Today, the pond is used for catch-and-release fishing for bluegill and catfish, and you'll see red-bellied and snapping turtles sunning themselves.
41 Adams Dam Rd,
Wilmington, DE 19807
Take the Hidden Pond Trail Optional Trails/activities: Rocky Run Trail, Hawk Watch Hill
The stone wall and rolling hills provide a gorgeous backdrop to see birds soar, enjoy sunsets, and hike the trails that wind through the park. The first two nature preserves in Delaware are located in the park – Tulip Tree Woods and Freshwater Marsh.
1001 N Park Dr,
Wilmington, DE 19802
Brandywine Zoo, Red Pandas
Red pandas are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan. These plans coordinate the management of endangered species in accredited zoos. The Brandywine Zoo, founded in 1905, is the only AZA-accredited zoo in Delaware.
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
Lewes, DE 19958
No Trail, Marine Debris Crabs
Visit our one-of-a-kind play area at the Seaside Nature Center and see TWO Blue Crab statues! The statues as part of an exhibit that will explain how trash in the waterways is dangerous to all kinds of marine life.
39415 Inlet Rd,
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (Day Use Area/Big Chill)
Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Use special caution when parking alongside Route 1., Indian River Inlet
Walk to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The pedestrian lane on the bridge can be accessed from either the North Inlet or South Inlet Day Areas. The inlet has moved several times throughout the last two centuries, even closing completely several times. Finally, in 1928, dynamite was used to open the inlet to navigation. Jetties were built in the late 1930s to stabilize it in its current location. The inlet is where the Indian River Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, and it is a place where natural and cultural history converge.
Fenwick Island State Park
Boat Ramp (Little Bay)
Fenwick Island Boat Ramp, Assawoman Recreation Area at Sunset
This park is a small sandy access point to the Little Assawoman Bay. With an unobstructed view, it is one of the best places in Delaware to watch sunsets and sunrises and sea birds dipping and diving into the Bay. Across the bay is the Assawoman Wildlife Area.
Old State House, 25 The Green,
Dover, DE 19901
No Trail, Inside the John Bell House
Hours for the John Bell House: Monday-Saturday 9am-4:30pm Built sometime in the mid 1700’s, this restored building was named the John Bell House after John Bell III who was given the building in 1793. It is the oldest documented frame structure on The Green.
45 Clinton St,
Delaware City, DE 19706
No Trail, Cannon
Fort Delaware was full of cannons like this one, which were important for national defense. This gun could fire a 65 pound ball up to 2.25 miles! From up here you can also see the island, the river, and the shores of Delaware and New Jersey. During the Civil War, the island would not have looked bare as it does today, but would have been packed with buildings and people. Each of these people had a life and story of his own.
15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
Lewes, DE 19958
Post Ln, Artillery Park/16-inch gun
Visit the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park and experience the picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean from our 16-inch gun pad. This gun could fire a 2,700-pound shell a distance of 25.5 miles!
Exit 4-B/I-495 to Lighthouse Road
Wilmington, DE 19809
Take the Riverview Trail, Flag Pole
Fox Point was not actually named after the animal—if was named after S. Marston Fox, who spent the last 25 years of his life working to protect the land that the park sits on today. Featuring a playground, picnic pavilions, and a trail along the river, it is a great gathering space for families and groups. Fox Point State Park offers excellent views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and local water traffic.
27046 Holts Landing Rd,
Dagsboro DE 19939
Take the Sea Hawk Trail, Former Borrow Pits Wayside
The Sea Hawk Trail meanders through hardwood forest, salt marsh, meadow and freshwater bogs, and has a lookout point on the Indian River Bay. Soil was excavated from this site for highway projects in the area. The excavation sites, or “borrow pits” have collected rainwater over the years, forming freshwater ponds.
5025 Killens Pond Rd
Felton, DE 19943
Take the Pondside Trail, Pondside Trail bridge
The Pondside Trail offers some truly beautiful and peaceful moments while you enjoy Killens Pond and the Murderkill River. According to legend, the river got its unusual name from the massacre of a Dutch trading party in 1648. Today, a stop on the Pondside Trail’s bridge reveals the peaceful oasis it has become.
1068 Howell School Rd,
Bear, DE 19701
Take the Swamp Forest Trail, Boat docks overlooking the pond
Lums Pond, Delaware’s largest freshwater pond, covers 200 acres. Boating and fishing offer plenty of water bound activity, and the boat docks in Area 2, right off the Swamp Forest Trail, are perfect for taking in the pond’s beautiful vistas.
5 Port Penn Rd
Middletown, DE 19709
Wetlands Trail, Fishing Shack
During the spring, when the shad run was on, fishermen from Port Penn would want to spend as much time on the river as possible. Floating cabins like these could be towed out with a boat and anchored at a specific spot, so that fishermen would not miss a moment of the action. These cabins usually had a kind of tank or outlet to keep caught fish alive until the cabin was hauled back in. The cabin contains a bed, a small cupboard, a stove for warmth, and a small table.
33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956
No Trail, Cypress Point
Follow signs for Cypress Point. From the far west side of the parking area, walk around the gate and continue on the unpaved service road, past the pavilion to the shoreline. You will be rewarded with a great view of both the pond and the famous Baldcypress Trees. While here, be sure to investigate the Civilian Conservation Corps Pavilion, built in 1937
Newark, DE 19711
No Trail, Post Mark’d West
Post Mark’d West designating the location from which Mason and Dixon measured the east-west line (starting at our western border) through 230 miles. This was later referred to as the “Mason Dixon Line” when talking about the Civil War divisions between the South and North. This Post Mark’d West was established after resolution of an 80 year court battle in England between the Penns of Pennsylvania and the Calverts of Maryland.
Wilmington DE 19806
Swing Bridge, Swing Bridge
Standing on the Swinging Bridge, visitors can experience nature in the heart of the city and connect to the power of the Brandywine River and its rich history.