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.
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.
Kalmar Nickel Foundation
Grand Opera House
DuPont Hotel, Gold Ballroom, Green Room
Brandywine Festival of the Arts
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.