Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Big Oak County Park
417 Big Oak Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
Nearly half of this 90-acre park is occupied by the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation for space and earth science education and recreation. Adding to Big Oak County Park’s appeal as a major regional outdoor destination are free public access recreation and conservation demonstration areas.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
2591 Whitehall Neck Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
Stretching 8 miles along Delaware Bay and covering 16,251 acres, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is managed for large numbers of waterfowl arriving in fall, for migrating songbirds and shorebirds in the spring, and to provide habitat for wading birds in the summer. Deer, red foxes, beavers, turtles, nonpoisonous snakes, frogs and salamanders are also found on the refuge. Visitors may enjoy a 12-mile auto tour, five walking trails, three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, several education programs and interpretative displays.
Brecknock County Park
80 Old Camden Road
Camden, DE 19934
Brecknock County Park is an 86-acre park with historic and natural features. Buildings date to the 18th century, and there are the remains of a 19th-century millpond and mill building in the park. A hiking trail allows access through riparian wetlands, as well as a native plant and butterfly garden. Amenities include athletic fields, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, a pavilion, picnic tables and a castle playscape.
Browns Branch County Park
1415 Killens Pond Road
Harrington, DE 19952
The 78-acre Browns Branch County Park is one of the county’s newest parks, with baseball and soccer fields, volleyball, horseshoes and a public picnic area at the end of a scenic boardwalk trail. It is ideal for hiking, birding, picnicking and other leisure activities. Browns Branch, a tributary of the Murderkill River, flows along the park’s northern border — along which are several old mill locations.
Dupont Nature Center
2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE 19963
Owned and operated by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Dupont Nature Center features one of the best viewing areas for migratory shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs. The area is home to more than 130 species of birds, fish, shellfish and other animals. Learn about horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, salt marsh waterfowl and plant life as well as the history of Slaughter Beach and the Mispillion Lighthouse, at the interior exhibition area. The center’s observation deck is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. Hours for the Interpretive Center vary by season.
First State Heritage Park
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N
Dover, DE 19901
The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries,” linking historic and cultural sites. Park attractions include First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Biggs Museum, Delaware Public Archives, Legislative Hall, Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House, and Woodburn and Hall House.
Killens Pond State Park
5025 Killens Pond Road
Felton, DE 19943
Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park. A 66-acre millpond, the park’s centerpiece, offers boating and fishing. The Killens Pond Water Park has a sloping main pool, a tot pool and tot lot, the Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk and two water slides.
Enjoy a stroll along the Mispillion Riverwalk, a greenway space that preserves the town’s waterfront. Between 1680 and 1927, seven shipyards along the walk produced more than 600 wooden sailing ships. Today, many of Milford’s businesses and organizations are situated along or a short distance from the walk.
Pickering Beach is an official sanctuary for horseshoe crabs — the state marine animal of Delaware. Visit the beach in May and June to watch the crabs fill the beach while spawning. Maintain a safe distance that does not disturb the wildlife.
Tidbury Creek County Dog Park
2233 S. State St.
Dover, DE 19901
This is the only fenced, off-leash county park for man’s best friend in Kent County.