Zoos and Historic Views: A Guide to Wilmington’s State Parks

Need to unwind during your business trip to Wilmington? There may be no better way than to visit one of Wilmington’s four state parks. Get in an early morning jog before your meeting, take an evening hike to relax after a full day, or find a nice, quiet spot to sit and think.

  1. Brandywine Park
  2. Located on either side of the Brandywine River, Brandywine Park is perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls. Visitors can enjoy 178 acres of trails, sculptures, gardens, and fountains.

    The park’s biggest feature is Baynard Stadium, where local athletics clubs host football, soccer, and track and field events. Sit in the stands if you’re in the mood to catch some sporting entertainment, or—if you’d rather play—get in touch with the clubs that host games at Baynard. Many of them organize walk-on community games that are open to anyone.

    Open 8 A.M. to Sunset Every Day
    North Park Drive
    Wilmington, DE 1980
    Phone: (302) 577-7020

  3. Brandywine Zoo
  4. This 12-acre zoo is more than a century old, and it’s the only zoo in all of Delaware. It’s home to a Siberian tiger, Andean condors, a Florida bobcat, and much more. The zoo also regularly hosts educational programs and workshops for children and adults. Past events include “Breakfast With the Beasts,” during which visitors can enjoy their breakfasts while the zoo’s tigers dine alongside them.

    Open 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Every Day
    May – September: $7 for Adult Admission
    October – April: $5 for Adult Admission
    December – February: Free Admission
    1001 North Park Drive
    Wilmington, DE 19802
    Phone: (302) 571 – 7747

  5. H. Fletcher Brown Park
  6. A small, intimate park, H. Fletcher Brown Park is named after the late chemist, philanthropist, and Wilmington resident Harry Fletcher Brown. This quiet space is perfect for those looking for some serenity to sit, think, and meditate on their day.

    Open 8 A.M. to Sunset Every Day
    North Park Drive
    Wilmington, DE 19802
    Phone: (302) 577-7020

  7. Rockford Park
  8. Much like Brandywine Park, Rockford Park is ideal for hiking, jogging, and picnics. The hills of Rockford offer some of the best views you can get of Wilmington, and the park’s athletic fields are great for pick-up games of soccer, football, and softball.

    Rockford Park’s true claim to fame, however, is Rockford Tower, a 100-year-old, 115-foot-tall stone water tower. Visitors can admire the tower from up close, and even learn a little about the tower’s history from the park’s staff.

    Open 8 A.M. to Sunset Every Day
    1021 W. 18th St.
    Wilmington, DE 19802
    Phone: (302) 577-7020

Wilmington offers business travelers the best of both worlds: a bustling, professional-friendly cityscape, and a network of beautiful state parks. After a long day with clients in the city, what could be more perfect than the views, vistas, and open spaces located along the picturesque Brandywine River?