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!
A view across the Brandywine River on a partly cloudy day.

Plan Like A Park Ranger

10 tips to help you plan your visit to First State NHP.

A bumble bee collects pollen from a cone flower.

Summer Events at First State NHP

Explore your National Park by attending one or more of the events happening this summer.

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: June 22, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

New Castle , DE 19720


If you need to speak to a park ranger call our ranger station at (302-478-2769) and someone will return your call as soon as possible. For a more immediate response, please email the park at

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