Delaware State Parks Announces New Reservation System for Fort Delaware

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DOVER, Del. – The opening of Fort Delaware State Park for the 2008 season is Saturday, April 26, and Delaware State Parks is making the trip easier by introducing a reservation system to purchase tickets ahead of time.

New this year is an advanced ticket reservation service. Beginning on Thursday, April 24, individuals, families and groups may reserve their trip to the Fort in advance. Special tours and programs, such as the very popular Ghost Tour series, may also be booked ahead of time. 

“This significant enhancement will allow people to easily fit a trip to the Fort into their busy schedules,” said Dawn Morris, Delaware State Parks’ Marketing Director. “A trip to Fort Delaware is truly a first-class family adventure, and the new reservation service will make it easy for visitors to plan ahead.”

Visitors may reserve tickets in advance by calling the Delaware State Parks Reservation Center at 977-98-PARKS (977-987-2757) or visiting www.destateparks.com and choosing the reservation link.

Adult and youth groups of 20 or more, as well as school groups and tour buses will receive a private Civil War program during their visit. Group reservations and program scheduling can be made by calling the Fort Delaware Park Office at 302-834-7941.

Hours at the Reservation Center are:

April – May, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June – September, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April – September, weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The call center is closed on major holidays. Online reservations are available 24 hours a day.

Fort Delaware is open on weekends and holidays from April 26 through Sept. 28 and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from June 18 to Aug. 29. A quick passenger ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island is followed by a tram ride from the dock to the fort where visitors may take a self-guided tour or visit the prisoner barracks.

Guests will have the opportunity to investigate the fort, talk with costumed reenactors, relive history, and learn about the time when Fort Delaware was bustling with activity. Regularly scheduled daily program fees are included in the ferry ticket price, and visitors may sign up for inexpensive hands-on programs, such as blacksmithing or cooking.

The food stand on the island offers sandwiches and drinks, and tables are available for visitors who would like to bring an old-fashioned picnic lunch to enjoy. Guests can walk off lunch with a trip along the nature trail to see the largest heronry on the East Coast outside of Florida.

Fort Delaware State Park is on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River, just across from Delaware City. The passenger ferry departs from the Delaware City dock at the end of Clinton Street. Delaware City is conveniently located on the north side of the C & D Canal, just off Route 9.

For more information about Fort Delaware, visit www.destateparks.com, or call the Fort Delaware State Park Office at 302-834-7941.

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