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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

Walk It Off!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Picked up a few extra pounds? Or just want to get outside and enjoy the park? Start your week off right with our Monday morning walks. We’ll provide information and charts to track your progress. There is no cost or pre-registration necessary. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Meet at the bathrooms near the track.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Walk It Off! Picked up a few extra pounds? Or just want to get outside and enjoy the park? Start your week off right with our Monday morning walks. We’ll provide information and charts to track your progress. There is no cost or pre-registration necessary. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. Meet at the bathrooms near the track. Bellevue State Park

Stroller Rollers

Monday, February 24, 2020

For 12 months to 3 years. Expand your child’s cognitive and interactive skills as you venture through the park. Fresh air, exercise, and social interaction are added benefits for parents and children alike. Meet at the children’s train. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. FREE

Add to Calendar America/New_York Stroller Rollers For 12 months to 3 years. Expand your child’s cognitive and interactive skills as you venture through the park. Fresh air, exercise, and social interaction are added benefits for parents and children alike. Meet at the children’s train. May be cancelled due to inclement weather. FREE Bellevue State Park

Wee Have Fun Club- Bats!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Theme Today: Bats! Ages 3-5 Nature discoveries, stories and art projects are all part of the fun! Whenever possible, we will venture outside, so please dress accordingly. The fee for this program is $4 per child. Walk-ins are welcome. These programs meet at the Arts Center.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Wee Have Fun Club- Bats! Theme Today: Bats! Ages 3-5 Nature discoveries, stories and art projects are all part of the fun! Whenever possible, we will venture outside, so please dress accordingly. The fee for this program is $4 per child. Walk-ins are welcome. These programs meet at the Arts Center. Bellevue State Park

Spring Break Camp

Monday, April 13, 2020

9 a.m.

Spring Awakening and Coming Out of Hibernation! Everything is awakening and we will be able to experience spring at Bellevue. Each day will be filled with new discoveries, hiking and crafts. Campers must pack a bag lunch and snack each day. Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $30. No Before Care. Register by April 9.

Add to Calendar 13 17 America/New_York Spring Break Camp Spring Awakening and Coming Out of Hibernation! Everything is awakening and we will be able to experience spring at Bellevue. Each day will be filled with new discoveries, hiking and crafts. Campers must pack a bag lunch and snack each day. Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $30. No Before Care. Register by April 9. Bellevue State Park

Young Explorers: A Walk in the Woods

Monday, June 8, 2020

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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care.

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: A Walk in the Woods 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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Amazing Animals

Monday, June 15, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Amazing Animals Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Junior Fishing

Monday, June 15, 2020

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 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, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Water Wonders Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Junior Fishing

Monday, June 22, 2020

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 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

Volunteerism Camp

Monday, June 22, 2020

9 a.m.

Visit different local sites throughout the week to participate in daily service projects and learn about the organization’s activities and volunteer opportunities. Service projects include experiences such as packing food, a canoe clean-up, and gardening. This qualifies for hours of service needed for school. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 45 minutes away.

Add to Calendar 12 15 America/New_York Volunteerism Camp Visit different local sites throughout the week to participate in daily service projects and learn about the organization’s activities and volunteer opportunities. Service projects include experiences such as packing food, a canoe clean-up, and gardening. This qualifies for hours of service needed for school. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 45 minutes away. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Out of This World

Monday, June 29, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Out of This World Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Junior Fishing

Monday, June 29, 2020

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 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: Wild Wild West

Monday, July 6, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Wild Wild West Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Junior Naturalist

Monday, July 6, 2020

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.

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York Junior Naturalist 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. Bellevue State Park

Fishing Camp

Monday, July 6, 2020

9 a.m.

Campers travel to different fishing sites each day including an offshore charter boat trip and a canoe trip on the Brandywine. Participants will learn about fresh and saltwater fishing, fly fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. This camp is appropriate for all skill levels. Campers may bring their own equipment; however, all necessary supplies are included. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away.

Add to Calendar 11 15 America/New_York Fishing Camp Campers travel to different fishing sites each day including an offshore charter boat trip and a canoe trip on the Brandywine. Participants will learn about fresh and saltwater fishing, fly fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. This camp is appropriate for all skill levels. Campers may bring their own equipment; however, all necessary supplies are included. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Winter in July

Monday, July 13, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Winter in July Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Young Explorers: Nature's Rainbows

Monday, July 13, 2020

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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care.

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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Mad Science

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Mad Science Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

The Bellevue Explorers

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

This camp is for serious nature lovers and adventurers. We will develop your outdoor skills and explore all the many hidden gems at Bellevue. This camp is full of hiking, adventuring and nature crafts.

Add to Calendar 10 13 America/New_York The Bellevue Explorers This camp is for serious nature lovers and adventurers. We will develop your outdoor skills and explore all the many hidden gems at Bellevue. This camp is full of hiking, adventuring and nature crafts. Bellevue State Park

Fishing Camp

Monday, July 20, 2020

9 a.m.

Campers travel to different fishing sites each day including an offshore charter boat trip and a canoe trip on the Brandywine. Participants will learn about fresh and saltwater fishing, fly fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. This camp is appropriate for all skill levels. Campers may bring their own equipment; however, all necessary supplies are included. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away.

Add to Calendar 11 15 America/New_York Fishing Camp Campers travel to different fishing sites each day including an offshore charter boat trip and a canoe trip on the Brandywine. Participants will learn about fresh and saltwater fishing, fly fishing, fishing ethics, safety and techniques. This camp is appropriate for all skill levels. Campers may bring their own equipment; however, all necessary supplies are included. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Hands on History

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Hands on History Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Bug Adventures

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

Are you buggy for insects? We will explore the world of insects with hikes, crafts, hands-on activities, discussions and more. By the end of this week you will definitely love bugs!

Add to Calendar 6 8 America/New_York Bug Adventures Are you buggy for insects? We will explore the world of insects with hikes, crafts, hands-on activities, discussions and more. By the end of this week you will definitely love bugs! Bellevue State Park

Extreme Sports Camp with Overnight

Monday, July 27, 2020

9 a.m.

Travel to different sites each day for exciting activities such as paintballing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, archery, Go Ape’s Junior course and more! Safety and team building are also important parts of this awesome camp. No experience is necessary. This week will include a Thursday night overnight program at Bellevue State Park after our whitewater rafting adventure. Call for an updated list of activities for each week. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away.

Add to Calendar 12 15 America/New_York Extreme Sports Camp with Overnight Travel to different sites each day for exciting activities such as paintballing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, archery, Go Ape’s Junior course and more! Safety and team building are also important parts of this awesome camp. No experience is necessary. This week will include a Thursday night overnight program at Bellevue State Park after our whitewater rafting adventure. Call for an updated list of activities for each week. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Pirates Cove

Monday, August 3, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Pirates Cove Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Intro to Photography

Monday, August 3, 2020

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

RECREATION CAMP: Mooving and Groovin

Monday, August 10, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Mooving and Groovin Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park

Young Explorers: What's That Habitat

Monday, August 10, 2020

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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care.

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Young Explorers: What's That Habitat 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 three! *Note: Before care is available, but no after care. Bellevue State Park

Extreme Sports Camp

Monday, August 10, 2020

9 a.m.

Travel to different sites each day for exciting activities such as paintballing, parasailing, rock climbing, archery Go Ape’s Junior course and more! Safety and team building are also important parts of this awesome camp. No experience is necessary. Call for an updated list of activities for each week. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away.

Add to Calendar 12 15 America/New_York Extreme Sports Camp Travel to different sites each day for exciting activities such as paintballing, parasailing, rock climbing, archery Go Ape’s Junior course and more! Safety and team building are also important parts of this awesome camp. No experience is necessary. Call for an updated list of activities for each week. Trips involve travel to sites 15 minutes to 1.5 hours away. Bellevue State Park

RECREATION CAMP: Creepy Crawlies

Monday, August 17, 2020

9 a.m.

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

Add to Calendar 7 11 America/New_York RECREATION CAMP: Creepy Crawlies Bellevue State Park is the place to be this summer! Activities include sports and games, nature exploration, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip outside of the park all related to the weekly theme. Bellevue State Park