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Entrance Fees

First State National Historical Park is a fee free park, so we do not charge an entrance fee to visit. However, some of our sites are operated by other partnering organizations, and they may charge a small fee for special tours or programs. Please visit the site you are interested in, under Places to Go, to see if the operating partner at that site charge any fees for their services.

 

Fee-Free Days 2020

Although First State National Historical Park does not charge fees, other National Park sites may. To encourage Americans to explore our country's natural beauty, rich history, and culture, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone! Mark your calendars for these entrance fee-free dates in 2020:

Other fees such as reservation, camping, lodging, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
 

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

First State National Historical Park does not sell America The Beautiful Passes, but they may be purchased online and at fee-based, national parks and federal recreation lands. If you are visiting Delaware and would like to purchase any of the America The Beautiful Passes, you may visit Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge or Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Please contact the site you are visiting directly before traveling, to verify hours of operation and information on current availability of all passes.

 
America The Beautiful Annual Pass; a man in a red jacket, skiing on a snowy mountainside
America The Beautiful Annual Pass

America The Beautiful - Annual Pass

Cost: $80 (U.S. Dollars)
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass, available to the general public, provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee - for a year - beginning from the date of sale.

This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

Learn more about the Annual Pass.

 
America The Beautiful Senior Liftime Pass; a ram jumping off of a rock into a rushing river.
America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass

America the Beautiful - Senior Passes

Cost: Lifetime $80 (U.S. Dollars) Annual $20 (U.S. Dollars)
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

On Aug. 28, 2017, the cost of a lifetime pass to our national parks and federal recreation lands, for those 62 and older, increased from $10 to $80. An annual senior pass is also available for $20. Learn more about the senior passes here.

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

 
America The Beautiful Senior Annual Pass; A man in a red jacket, skiing along a snowy mountainside.
America The Beautiful Senior Annual Pass

The Senior Pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free)..

Frequently asked questions about the America the Beautiful Senior Pass

 
America The Beautiful Military Pass; A man in a red jacket, skiing along a snowy mountainside.
America The Beautiful Military Pass

America The Beautiful - Annual Military Pass

Cost: Free
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military

 
America The Beautiful Access Pass; An owl flying over a wheat field.
America The Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful - Access Pass

Cost: Free (Plus $10 Handling Fee)
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

Replaced: Golden Access Passport - May be exchanged free of charge.
Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

Frequently asked questions about the Access Pass

 
America The Beautiful Volunteer Pass; A man in a red jacket, skiing along a snowy mountainside.
America The Beautiful Volunteer Pass

America the Beautiful - Volunteer Pass

Cost: Free
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award.

The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer.gov

Frequently asked questions about the Volunteer Pass.

 
America The Beautiful Annual 4th Grade Pass; A group of kids running down a sand dune.
America The Beautiful Annual 4th Grade Pass

America The Beautiful - "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass

Cost: Free

Every Kid Outdoors introduces U.S. 4th graders and their families to our national parks. By targeting fourth graders one year at a time, we will ensure every child in the U.S, has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their public lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old.

Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website and those vouchers may be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge entrance fees or amenity fees.

The "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 accompanying adults (age 16 and older) at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

Frequently asked questions about the "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

New Castle, DE 19720

Phone:

(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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