First State Heritage Park


The First State Heritage Park is Delaware's fist urban "park without boundaries" located in the historic district of Dover, which has been Delaware's capital city since 1777. The park links nearly two dozen historic and cultural sites including natural areas like the St. Jones River and the 300-year-old Dover Green, which was recently named one of the participating sites in the First State National Monument ( The mid-18th century John Bell House located on The Green serves as an interpretive center for the park and the stating point for the free outdoor walking tours. The park is pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun.

Seasonal Hours: Evening outdoor candlelight walking tours offered spring through fall.

Best Time to Visit: Each season has something to offer.

Best Known For: Outdoor walking tours through Dover's historic district. Champion trees on The Dover Green and at Christ Episcopal Church. City of Dover pocket gardens throughout the historic downtown. Gardens at Woodburn: the Governor's House. St. Jones River Natural Area.

Travel Tips: Before you visit, download the First State Heritage Park map from the park website: .

Parking: Unlimited free parking available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center/Delaware Public Archives parking lot, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N., Dover

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9:00am-4:30pm Sunday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
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