It was here, along the banks of the Christina River over 375 years ago, that the first Swedish and Finnish American settlers aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and the Fogel Grip landed and settled the first American Swedish colony, New Sweden. Fort Christina was quickly built and named for the Queen of Sweden at the time. The wharf of rocks that was the site of the first landing remains, however, some believe archeological digs at the site could uncover much more.
Learn and Explore
Things To Do
Today, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, visitors can take a tour of the site and learn about the unique history, have a picnic on the grass, fish near the rocks of the original landing of the Swedish or attend public events such as:
Festival at The Fort - April 28th
Fees & Passes
There is no fee to visit Fort Christina, but Old Swedes Church and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation do charge a small fee for tours. Together, these three sites beautifully illustrate the founding of the New Sweden colony. If you are interested in visiting all three sites you can purchase a Christina Cultural Trail Pass. The pass can be purchased at Old Swedes Church, or the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. If you only want to visit Fort Christina there is no fee for tours.
3-for-1 Riverfront Historical Trail Pass
Passes are $8 for a single pass, or $25 for a family of four.
1110 East 7th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Memorial Day (May 28th) through Labor Day ((September 3rd):
For large groups that wishing to visit Fort Christina outside of summer season, please contact the park to make an appointment.
Phone: (302) 544-6363
This site is interpreted by our partners at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, and the Old Swedes Foundation. For questions regarding tours, special programs, or hours please visit their website or contact them at:
Last updated: November 30, 2018