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Bellevue State Park- The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has retained the historic charm of Bellevue while providing many opportunities for recreation.
Brandywine Creek State Park- Delaware's first two nature preserves are located within Brandywine Creek State Park: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh.
Fort Delaware State Park- The Civil War-era prison fort on Pea Patch Island includes a museum, audio-visual presentation, and observation tower for bird-watchers. A short ferry ride takes visitors to the sight from April through September.
Fort DuPont State Park- Named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont, the Fort was actively used as a military base from the Civil War through World War II.
Fox Point State Park- Although each of the parks in the Delaware State Park system has its own unique features, Fox Point State Park deserves something more than "unique" in its description. Perhaps the best word is "extraordinary."
Lums Pond State Park- Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.
Port Penn Interpretive Center- Discover folk life of the historic wetland communities at Port Penn Interpretive Center.
White Clay Creek State Park- The lush greenery and sparkling streams of White Clay Creek State Park offer a refreshing change of pace from the encroaching urban development of New Castle County.
Wilmington State Parks- Centrally located in the City of Wilmington, this cluster of parks offers opportunities for recreation, education, and sports and community events.

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Bellevue State Park
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Bellevue State Park
Description - The northern region of Delaware includes the city of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, which contains a variety of small state parks and historic sites. The DuPont Family owned much of the land surrounding Wilmington and built their chemical and textile industry in the region. Several of the state parks in the region were once owned by this family. The terrain beyond the interstate is rolling hills and farmlands heavily inundated by growing suburbs. The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal connects the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay in northern Delaware. Natural areas surround the canal including Lums Pond State Park.

Attractions - Northern Delaware features glorious sights from big city life in Wilmington to the elegant Brandywine Valley where stately mansions, world-renown gardens and fine museums enlighten the visitor. Discover the Hagley Museum where the DuPont's American roots unfold or tour the University of Delaware which houses a fabulous assemblage of over 2,000 items pertaining to President Abraham Lincoln. Or visit the Iron Hill Museum of Natural History where visitors view collections of Delaware wildlife, geological displays and archeological artifacts. History buffs will not want to miss the 1813 Fort Delaware, administered by the Delaware State Parks. From dinner playhouses, to championship golf courses to scenic equestrians trails, millions find heart-pounding pleasure in Northern Delaware.

Recreation - Your adventure waits in northern Delaware. The possibilities are non-exhaustive. Tour historic sites in Wilmington or leisurely explore nearby small downs. Visit one of the regions state parks where tennis, hiking, camping and even visiting a zoo is possible. Enjoy a ferry ride or canoe trip. Play golf at a championship course or roller skate, ice skate or watch a hockey match. Horseback riding, guided tours and even bird watching are all feasible in northern Delaware.

Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.

Location - Delaware's Northern Region - New Castle County lies on the southeastern tip of Pennsylvania stretching below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, ending shy of the small towns of Clayton and Smyrma.


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The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway , Dover, DE, 19901, Phone: 800-441-8846

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Delaware Travel Regions - Divided into northern, central and southern travel regions, the nation's second smallest state features a great number of cultural and historical attractions while preserving its bountiful natural resources.

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The Delaware Tourism Office - Official agency website.

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