Basic Information

There are welcome centers at each of the seven sites where you can learn about available tours and programs, and get your passport books stamped. Please visit the "Directions" page below to get the other physical addresses. 

Standard operating hours are included below, however, those hours change seasonally at each of the seven sites. Please visit the "Operating Hours & Seasons" page for links to partner websites. 


The closest locations to purchase an interagency pass are:
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, DE
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton, DE

In addition, please refer to this link for locations across the country to purchase interagency passes. 

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Passes:

There are seven sites throughout the state that collectively tell First State National Historical Park's story, and can be visited in any order. Currently, the park does not have one, central visitor center. However, each site has some type of welcome center where you will receive informaiton about the site and available tours. 


With seven sites spread throughout the entire state of Delaware First State National Historical Park (NHP) has much to offer history buffs, and nature enthusiasts alike! Most of our sites are managed and interpreted by our partners, so please make sure you check the" Operating Hours & Seasons" page prior to visiting. Each of our sites has specific seasonal events that is found on our "Calendar" page.

A girl in a bright pink shirt and blue jeans looks up through the trees using binoculars.

Places To Go

Explore, and learn about all seven locations spread throughout the entire state of Delaware.

NPS Passport Cancellation Station

NPS Passport Cancellation Stations

Collect all 12 cancellation stamps located throughout the entire state of Delaware.

A group of students celebrate their canoe trip by raising their paddles up.

Laws & Policies

I need a permit for that? Review this list of laws and policies and avoid surprises.

A photo of the original stone built into the fence that surrounds For Christina.


Have a question about First State NHP? Click here to read about our most commonly asked questions.

A historical interpreter posses for a picture on the Jon Dickinson Plantation.

Get Involved

Give back to the park by volunteering at one of seven sites spread throughout the state of Delaware.

Last updated: November 13, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the seven sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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