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Thirty miles of coastal towns and pristine beaches help make Delaware an excellent place to get away for the weekend. The small state has one national park, wild river, a national trail, and over 707 sites on the National Register of Historic Sites. Sitting on a peninsula, the first state is closely bordered by Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Here’s a list of parks in Delaware. Happy nature walk!

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National Parks & Historic Sites

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Various; one place to visit is Seaford Museum, 203 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973

Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC, DE, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV; visit Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

NPS helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America. Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, American Indian landscapes, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake.

First State National Historic Park

211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley.  From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence.

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

Various, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC

In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.

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