First State National Historical Park

The first Swedish and Finnish settlers aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip landed at Fort Christina in 1638. Named after the then-12-year-old queen of Sweden, it was the country’s first settlement in the New World and the first non-native settlement in Delaware. The rocks that were the site of the actual landing are still visible.

Visiting: It is open for tours by park or Kalmar Nyckel staff. Fort Christina is not open to the public on a daily basis.

GPS: Fort Christina Park, Wilmington, DE 19801


211 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 19720

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  • Monday: Closed

  • Tuesday: Closed

  • Wednesday: Closed

  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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