Plan Your Visit

First State National Historical Park (NHP) is a newer national park unit within the park service and does not currently have a central visitor center. Instead, each site has their own welcome area where you can receive general information and discover the unique history. We appreciate your patience as our small and mighty interpretive team continues to develop orientation materials including signs and a video!
Sun shines through golden leaves above a gravestone.

National Parks Expedition Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? The Expeditions in Education organization created a FREE virtual field trip at First State NHP.

Children sitting in a large group being sworn in as Junior Rangers by a NPS Park Ranger.

Spring Events at First State NHP

From history talks to field trips and volunteer events, there is something for everyone to do this spring at First State NHP!

A ranger walking down the brick path, lined with bright green foliage, at Fort Christina

Places To Go

First State NHP consists of six sites spread throughout the state of Delaware that the entire family can enjoy.

The Kalmar Nyckel sails by the monument at Fort Christina.

Trip Ideas

Spend the day exploring the Riverfront Historic Trial!

Two girls pose for a photo on horseback along the Brandywine Creek.

Things To Do

With natural and cultural resources to explore, there is something for the entire family to enjoy!

Last updated: April 12, 2021

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 six 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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