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BELLEVUE STATE PARK


About the Park

Bellevue Hall commands a grand view of this historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William du Pont, Jr. Mr. du Pont surrounded his home with the finest facilities: tennis courts, equestrian stables, gardens, and a picturesque pond, amid woodlands and fields overlooking the Delaware River. Mansion tours are offered periodically, detailing how Mr. du Pont transformed the mansion from a Gothic Revival castle into a replica of President James Madison's home, Montpelier. The park was acquired by the State of Delaware in 1976.

Outdoor Recreation

A 1-and-1/8-mile fitness track circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish, while the nearby exercise trail offers a refreshing workout. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. If you prefer cycling, both paved and unpaved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.

Bellevue Tennis Center features eight clay courts and offers a number of tennis programs, both instructional and social, as well as tennis lessons and racquet-stringing. Bellevue is also home to Wellspring Farm, a modern equestrian facility with indoor and outdoor arenas offering private and group riding lessons, boarding and therapeutic riding.

Weddings, Meetings and Special Events

Bellevue State Park is home to several venues available for weddings, celebrations and gatherings of all types. Bellevue Hall provides elegant indoor settings for receptions and corporate functions, while the mansion's grounds and gardens are the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Cauffiel House offers a grand country home experience, with period bedrooms offering overnight accommodations for up to six guests.

Hosting Your Event at Bellevue

Programs, Concerts, and Camps

Summer theme camps entertain and educate children. From June through August, enjoy evening concerts and performances at the park's bandshell. Hayrides are available by reservation in the fall, and outdoor ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing are popular in winter, conditions permitting.

Nature Preserve

Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve - mixed hardwood forest, stream corridor with rock outcrops. This tract contains mature trees and helps protect a larger contiguous tract of mature woodlands. Provides a buffer to and protection for Stoney Creek. This Nature Preserve is a great example of a small piedmont forested stream corridor.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking, bathrooms in park office

Acreage: 28 acres

Upcoming Events

Spring Break Camp

Monday, April 5, 2021

9 a.m.

Spring is awakening and coming out of hibernation – come experience it at Bellevue! Each day will be filled with new discoveries, hiking and crafts. Campers must pack a bag lunch and snack each day. No before or after care. Register by March 31.

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Young Explorers: Habitat Adventures

Monday, June 7, 2021

9 a.m.

Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four!

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: Habitat Adventures Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four! Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Amazing Animals

Monday, June 14, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Junior Fishing I

Monday, June 14, 2021

9 a.m.

Do you love to fish or want to learn how? Then this is a camp for you. Learn different types of fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. We explore the world of fish and fishing through fishing, hikes and hands-on activities. Note: this is not a traveling camp.

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RECREATION CAMP: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Monday, June 21, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Junior Fishing II

Monday, June 21, 2021

9 a.m.

Do you love to fish or want to learn how? Then this is a camp for you. Learn different types of fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. We explore the world of fish and fishing through fishing, hikes and hands-on activities. Note: this is not a traveling camp.

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RECREATION CAMP: Wild Wild West

Monday, June 28, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Junior Fishing III

Monday, June 28, 2021

9 a.m.

Do you love to fish or want to learn how? Then this is a camp for you. Learn different types of fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. We explore the world of fish and fishing through fishing, hikes and hands-on activities. Note: this is not a traveling camp.

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Junior Fishing III Do you love to fish or want to learn how? Then this is a camp for you. Learn different types of fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. We explore the world of fish and fishing through fishing, hikes and hands-on activities. Note: this is not a traveling camp. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Water Wonders

Monday, July 5, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Junior Naturalist

Monday, July 5, 2021

9 a.m.

Explore a different nature theme each day through outdoor exploration, discussions and hands-on activities or crafts. Campers will use their experiences to create a nature journal for the week.

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Young Explorers: Exploring Senses

Monday, July 12, 2021

9 a.m.

Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four!

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: Exploring Senses Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four! Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Time Travelers

Monday, July 12, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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RECREATION CAMP: Pirates Cove

Monday, July 19, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Intro to Photography

Monday, July 19, 2021

9 a.m.

Explore different photography techniques each day with hands-on applications. Parents will be invited to an art show on Friday afternoon highlighting campers’ work throughout the week. All supplies, including two disposable cameras and photo printing costs, are included in the camp fee.

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Intro to Photography Explore different photography techniques each day with hands-on applications. Parents will be invited to an art show on Friday afternoon highlighting campers’ work throughout the week. All supplies, including two disposable cameras and photo printing costs, are included in the camp fee. Bellevue State Park

Young Explorers: Garden Discovery

Monday, July 26, 2021

9 a.m.

Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four!

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: Garden Discovery Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four! Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Going for Gold

Monday, July 26, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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RECREATION CAMP: Ooey Gooey

Monday, August 2, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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Nature Detectives

Monday, August 2, 2021

9 a.m.

Come use your investigative skills to solve nature problems around the park! Each day campers will find clues around the park to solve a nature mystery. We will also do crafts, play games, and go on hikes!

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Young Explorers: Nature's Rainbows

Monday, August 9, 2021

9 a.m.

Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four!

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: Nature's Rainbows Each day, explore a nature topic through a hands-on hike and nature craft. Daily activities relate to the theme of the week and are documented on our “Look What We Did Today” wall for parents to see. Each week will be different, so sign up for one or all four! Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Code Breakers

Monday, August 9, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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RECREATION CAMP: Creepy Crawlies

Monday, August 16, 2021

9 a.m.

Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, arts and crafts, and nature exploration all related to the weekly theme and the park itself.

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