What to do in Bellevue State Park

Bellevue Hall mansion commands a grand view of this historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William H. 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. Originally acquired by the State of Delaware in 1976, the park now covers 328 acres.

The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has retained the historic charm of Bellevue while providing many opportunities for recreation. Walking and jogging are popular activities at any time of the year. A 1-1/8 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, paved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.

Bellevue is a delightful place for a picnic, too. Tables are located throughout the park, and pavilions can be reserved for larger groups. The Hunter Barn provides indoor picnic facilities upon reservation. Or, simply spread a blanket on the lawn to enjoy old-fashioned outdoor dining.
Bellevue Hall is an elegant setting for group functions such as meetings and receptions. Mansion tours are offered periodically. Discover how William H. du Pont, Jr. transformed the mansion from a Gothic Revival castle into a replica of President James Madison's home, Montpelier.

The tennis facilities are outstanding, with eight outdoor clay courts. A tennis professional is available for lessons, and a pro shop stocks your favorite equipment. Bellevue also boasts a modern equestrian facility, with indoor and outdoor arenas for riding lessons.

Recreational activities are first-rate, with a variety of programs for visitors of all ages. Summer theme camps entertain and educate children. From June through August, enjoy evening concerts and performances at the Bandshell. Hayrides (by reservation) are fun in the fall. Outdoor ice-skating is also allowed, conditions permitting.

Bellevue State Park is in a class of its own when it comes to special event facilities. Three historic options provide the perfect place for your corporate gathering, family reunion, or that special wedding.

Once the family home of the William du Ponts, this elegant estate is gracefully set amidst hundreds of acres of parkland and surrounded by lovely formal gardens. Bellevue Hall offers guests the charm of a historic setting with the practicality of a modern event facility. Total capacity of the mansion is 150. Individual rooms can accommodate from 25 to 100. For larger events of up to 250, tents may be used on the grounds.

The Cauffiel House's comfortable charm and picturesque setting provide a refuge from the modern world. The surrounding grounds feature a gracious canopy of mature tree s and a quaint gazebo. This charming Colonial Revival-style home will provide a warm ambiance for your event. The house sits gracefully atop a hill on 44 rolling acres, overlooking the Delaware River. Three period bedrooms can provide cozy overnight accommodations for up to six guests. The house can accommodate from 12 to 50 guests. For larger events of up to 150, tents may be used on the grounds.

Take a step back to a simpler time at the Mount Pleasant Meeting House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restored sanctuary with its original decorative amber windows and oak pews, the meeting house offers a simple, yet tranquil setting. Gatherings may be held here, or a few steps away in the parsonage's restored Victorian parlor. The parlor provides an ideal space for a bride and her attendants. The meeting house accommodates 75. The parsonage can accommodate ten.

Recreation
Visitors to Bellevue State Park will find overnight accommodations, historic special event facilities, hiking trails, tennis courts, equestrian paths, disc golf, a playground, picnicking, and fishing opportunities.

Location
Bellevue State Park is located off Interstate 95, Exit 9 in Wilmington. The park's entrance is on Carr Road.

Climate
The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.

Address
800 Carr Road
Wilmington, DE 19809

Phone: 302-577-3390

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