Wilmington State Park, DE

In 1885, Wilmington’s Board of Park Commissioners founded Brandywine Park, a wooded area in the heart of Wilmington. It became Delaware’s first large urban park. It was added to the National Historic Register in 1976. The 178-acre park features wooded trails, formal gardens...
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Max reservation window: Fri May 22 2015   Later Dates

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Monkey Hill Pavilion is located across from the Brandywine Zoo. It may be reserved for 30 people. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Amplified music/sound, portable stages/dance floors, amusement devices, tents/canopies larger than 10’ x 10’ and vendors are not allowed. Water and electricity are not provided. No additional spaces provided for amusements.
The display, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Amplified music, DJ’s, Bands and PA systems are prohibited.
Radios are permitted but the volume must not be audible outside of the area occupied by the group.These are “Carry- in–Carry–out” parks.
Signs may not be posted in the park except on the day of the event. Signs may not be nailed, stapled or tacked to trees. Signs may not be affixed to park signs or posts.
Please have your confirmation letter available during the event. If in need of a Park Ranger, call 1-800-523-3336 and ask for the Ranger on duty at Wilmington State Parks.
Vehicles are not permitted to drive or park on the grass.
The park is open from 8:00 AM to Sunset. Sunset is one half hour before dusk. All visitors and vehicles must exit the park by sunset.
Pets must be on a leash not to exceed six feet in length and under control at all times. Pets in designated. Off Leash Areas must be under control at all times. Pet owners must clean-up and remove feces deposited by pets. Pit Bulls must be muzzled at all times (City of Wilmington Ordinance). Due to the threat they pose to wildlife, balloons are not permitted.
A permit does not grant exclusive use to the park. The park must remain open and accessible to other park users.Unregistered motor vehicles, dirt bikes, ATV’s and scooters are not permitted in the park. Guns of any description, including BB, Pellet, Air Soft and Paint Ball guns are prohibited. Sling Shots, Archery equipment and the practicing of Golf is also prohibited.

Rates: Please be advised, rates may vary for DE Residents vs. Non-Residents.

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Overview

Description

In 1885, Wilmington’s Board of Park Commissioners founded Brandywine Park, a wooded area in the heart of Wilmington. It became Delaware’s first large urban park. It was added to the National Historic Register in 1976. The 178-acre park features wooded trails, formal gardens, sculpture, architecture, a sports stadium, and a zoo. Stretching along a one-mile run of the Brandywine Creek, the park offers visitors outdoor recreation, picnic spots, and cultural events.

Geography:

Delaware Bay Watershed, Brandywine Creek’s last few miles before dropping into the Christina River, edge piedmont (fall line in our park) dropping off to coastal plain. Rests on Brandywine blue rock or blue Gneiss.

Nearby Attractions:

Brandywine Zoo
Kalmar Nickel Foundation
Grand Opera House
DuPont Theater
DuPont Hotel, Gold Ballroom, Green Room
Wilmington Library
YMCA
Wilmington Hospital
Brandywine Festival of the Arts

Booking Window
Thu Oct 23 2014 - Thu Oct 22 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Art & Museum
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • River
  • Rock Climbing
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
Less Than 100 Feet
  • Playground
Less Than 1000 Feet
  • Baseball/Softball Fld
  • Gardens, Botanical Displ
  • Kiosk
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Churches
  • Hospital
  • Recycling Station
  • Town
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Meeting Hall
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
Within 10 Miles
  • Cultural Activities
  • Geological Formations
  • Hiking
  • Mall
  • Medical Clinic
  • Museum
  • Recreation Programs
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Cancellation Policy
  • A cancellation fee of $10 applies if cancellation occurs prior to 31 days before arrival date. Balance of payments will be refunded.
  • A cancellation fee of a one-day camping fee is charged if cancellation is within 30 days of arrival date; the balance of payment received will be refunded.
  • A cabin reservation carries a $35 cancellation fee; the balance of payment received will be refunded.
  • A reservation at the Cottages at Indian River Marina carries a cancellation fee of one-half of the total rental fee.
  • Early departures forfeit all balances.
  • No refunds will be given unless Delaware State Parks or the reservation call center is notified of the cancellation.
  • The park reserves the right to hold a campsite, cabin or yurt for no more than 24 hours after a customer's expected arrival date; after that time, the reservation will be cancelled. The park must receive notice of the late arrival to hold the reservation after the designated arrival time.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Pavilion $120.00-$140.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
Pavilion $120.00-$140.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.75703, -75.5494
39°45'25"N, 75°32'58"W

Exit 8 off of I-95. Turn left onto N. Broom Street. Turn left onto 18th Street. Turn Right onto N. Van Buren Street (Monkey Hill) the pavilion is located on the right across from zoo entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Wilmington State Park
1021 West 18th Strret
Wilmington  DE  19802

Phone Number:

Project Office: (302)577-7020
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