In order to make our beaches accessible to all visitors, Delaware State Parks offers beach wheelchairs which are available from 8:00 a.m. until sunset, all year. Wheelchairs are available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Park office hours are:
April 1 through October 31, daily, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
November 1 through March 31, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lifeguards are available to assist at guarded beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Mobi-Mats are available at the Cape Henlopen Main Beach area. Mobi-Mats enable persons using a standard wheelchair to have access to the beach. During storms, extremely high tides may require that the mats be removed until the tides return to normal levels.
Persons requiring a beach wheelchair for more than one day may be interested in renting one from Grand Central Rental to ensure availability throughout their stay. Call (302)227-7328 regarding rental prices and policies.
Must be 18 with a valid ID to rent a boat.
Anyone 12 and under must be accompanied in their boat by someone 18 or older.
|Half-Hourly Rate||Hourly Rate||Daily Rate|
|Paddle Board*||N/A||$8 Trap Pond/$15 Lums Pond||N/A|
|Pontoon Boat**, Adults||N/A||$6/person, per ride||N/A|
|Pontoon Boat**, 12 and under||N/A||$3/person, Per ride||N/A|
*Available at Trap Pond and Lums Pond
**Only available at Trap Pond
IMPORTANT NOTE: Only Dogs are permitted in designated “Dog Friendly” cabins and cottages. Any reference in the Policy to a pet staying in a cottage or cabin specifically refers to dogs only.
Dogs in Waterfront Cottages and Killens Cabins
Waterfront Cottages 11 and 12 and Killens Pond Cabin #10 shall be designated as dog friendly. Occupants of dog-friendly cottages and Killens cabin who do not have a dog shall be advised upon making the reservation of the unit’s dog friendly designation.
The following pet restrictions shall apply to all areas of the park in accordance with Division of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations:
Please call (302) 739-9220 for more information about bringing your pet to a state park.
Horses and riders are permitted on designated roadways, trails and beaches on lands administered by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.
Delaware Seashore State Park -- Towers Ocean
January 1- February 28
Park office hours are:
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the Towers Ocean parking lot. The maintenance vehicle crossing located at the southern end of the parking lot is designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing, south to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet. A sign at the toe of the primary dune will designate this southern boundary. (4.6 miles)
Delaware Seashore State Park -- Keybox Road
Daily: March 1– April 30; Labor Day - December 31
Weekdays only: May 1 – Labor Day
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the Keybox Road parking lot. The surf fishing vehicle crossing is designated for equestrian access to the beach. The designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing, south to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet. A sign at the toe of the primary dune will designate this southern boundary. (3.4 miles)
Cape Henlopen State Park
November 1 – April 30
Horseback riding is permitted on the beach only. Trailers and tow vehicles must park in either the Gordons Pond Parking lot or the Point Comfort Station Parking lot. At Gordons Pond, the surffishing vehicle crossing is designated for equestrian access to the beach. At the Point Comfort Station lot, a dune crossing is marked and designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the oceanside of the Point of the Cape south to the Gordons Pond surffishing vehicle crossing. (4.6 miles)
Fenwick Island State Park
November 1 – April 30
Trailers and tow vehicles must park in the bathhouse parking located north of Fenwick Island. The maintenance vehicle crossing located at the southern parking area is designated for equestrian access to the beach. Designated beach for equestrian use runs from the crossing north to the park boundary near South Bethany Beach. (2.6 miles)
The year 2021 marks 70 years of operation for Delaware State Parks. Our state park system was instituted in 1951, when Delaware's legislature authorized three state parks: Trap Pond in Laurel, Fort Delaware in Delaware City, and Brandywine Springs in Wilmington. Trap Pond State Park became the first state park to admit visitors that same year.
Since 1951, Delaware State Parks have grown to include seventeen parks, five campgrounds, 150+ miles of trails, historic sites, a zoo, and much more. We are proud to celebrate 70 years of protecting and conserving Delaware’s natural and cultural resources.
Our parks would not be the same without you, our visitors! Part of our mission is to provide Delaware's residents and visitors with safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities. To celebrate our 70th anniversary, we want to hear your stories of the meaningful experiences you have had in Delaware State Parks. Maybe you were married in a state park, or your family camps at one of the parks every year. Share your story and photos with us by using the form below!
We will be sharing your stories throughout the year. Everyone who submits a story will be entered to win a special anniversary giveaway.