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Wildlife Viewing

Delaware’s coastal expanses and still-wooded rolling hills present year-round opportunities for seeing nature and wildlife in their raw beauty, from the world-class migratory bird sanctuaries along the Delaware River to the wind-swept dunes of Cape Henlopen State Park. Many sites feature special-built observation areas; others make it easy to view nature from the comfort of your car.

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Abbott's Mill Nature Center

  • 15411 Abbott's Pond Rd
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 422-0847
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Abbott's Mill Nature Center Parking Lot. Public trail system and picnic area with restrooms.  Part of Milford Millponds Nature Preserve with over 6 miles of trails through forest, fields and see more »

Ashland Nature Center

  • Brackenville Rd and Barley Mill Rd
  • Hockessin, DE 19707
  • Phone: (302) 239-2334
  • Region: New Castle
Parking: Parking lot - free. Located near Hockessin, Ashland Nature Center serves as the Delaware Nature Society's headquarters and the hub for all of its activities of education and natural resource see more »

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

  • 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd
  • Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Phone: (302) 653-6872
  • Region: Kent
Parking: Along the auto tour route there are walking trails with designated parking areas. Bird watchers stop along the auto-tour route to view birds. The mission of Bombay Hook National Wildlife see more »

Brandywine Creek State Park

  • 41 Adams Dam Rd.
  • Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Phone: 302-577-3534
  • Region: New Castle
Parking: Two lots inside main entrances and one each at entrances on the other side of the river. Approximately 1,100 acres of woodlands and meadows, miles of hiking and biking trails, 18-hole disc see more »

Cape Henlopen State Park

  • 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.
  • Lewes, DE 19958
  • Phone: (302) 645-8983
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Designated parking areas available. Cape Henlopen State Park is a popular beach park, offering ocean and bay swimming, surf and pier fishing, camping, youth group camping and a nature center see more »

Carousel Park Equestrian Facility

  • 3700 Limestone Rd
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 995-7670
  • Region: New Castle
Parking: Parking next to park office. Carousel Park & Equestrian Center offers riding lesson programs, therapeutic riding programs for individuals with special needs, horse leasing programs, pony see more »

Delaware Seashore State Park

  • 39415 Inlet Rd
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Phone: (302) 227-2800
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Parking available on both sides of the Indian River Inlet. One of Delaware's most popular destinations, Delaware Seashore State Park welcomes visitors with 6 miles of ocean and bay shoreline. see more »

DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve

  • 2992 Lighthouse Rd
  • Milford, DE 19963
  • Phone: (302) 422-1329
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Parking lot Located within the scenic Mispillion Harbor, the DuPont Nature Center offers some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. The center includes an observation deck with spotting see more »

Fort Dupont State Park

  • Reedy Point Bridge, DE Rt 9
  • Delaware CIty, DE 19706
  • Phone: (302) 834-7941
  • Region: New Castle
Parking: Boaters may park in the lot adjacent to boat ramp. There is no fee for boaters to park.  Visitors who want to engage in other recreational activities may park in the lot at the end of see more »

Little Creek Wildlife Area

  • Bayside Drive Road (Near intersection of S. Little Creek Road and Bayside Drive)
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 284-1077
  • Region: Kent
Parking: Park at Little Creek Wildlife Area parking on DE-9. The wildlife area consists of over 4,700 acres of natural area consisting of tidal marsh, forest and agricultural fields dedicated to see more »

Phillips Landing / Nanticoke Wildlife Area

  • Phillips Landing CR-496
  • Laurel, DE 19956
  • Phone: (302) 539-3160
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Park at Phillips Landing. Phillips Landing is a boating access area to Broad Creek and the Nanticoke River. The Chesapeake Bay Historic Water Trail stops at the Capt. John Smith Monument see more »

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

  • 11978 Turkle Pond Rd
  • Milton, DE 19968
  • Phone: (302) 684-8419
  • Region: Sussex
Parking: Park in designated parking areas. Large parking area available at the refuge's office and visitor center. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,144 acre refuge officially established in see more »

St. Jones Reserve and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • 818 Kitts Hummock Road
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 739-6377
  • Region: Kent
Parking: In the parking lot in front of the main building. The 5,119-acre St. Jones Reserve, located along the St. Jones River and the Delaware Bay, is the headquarters for the Delaware National see more »

Ted Harvey Wildlife Area

  • Kitts Hummock Road
  • Dover, DE 19901
  • Phone: (302) 284-1077
  • Region: Kent
Parking: Designated parking lots outlined on wildlife maps. This wildlife area consists of over 2,600 acres of natural area consisting of tidal marsh, forest and agricultural fields dedicated to see more »

White Clay Creek State Park

  • 750 Thompson Station Road
  • Newark, DE 19711
  • Phone: (302) 368-6900
  • Region: New Castle
Parking: There are 8 day-use parking areas in White Clay Creek State Park. 3,600-acre state park is largely undeveloped except for trails. White Clay Creek runs for 4 miles through Delaware. Most see more »
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