Fort Delaware State Park, DE
Delaware City FerryHistoric Tour
Same Day Tour Availability: If a reservation is for the same day, less than 24 hours, customers can purchase tickets on a first come first served basis at the ticket office located at 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE or you can purchase tickets on the boat at Barber's Basin (Salem NJ) . Please call (302) 834-7941 for availability.
Fort Delaware, the Union fortress dating back to 1859, once housed Confederate prisoners of war. It was originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Visitors take a half-mile ferry ride from Delaware City to Pea Patch Island. A jitney provides transport from the island dock to the granite and brick fortress. Here, costumed reenactors take you back to the summer of 1864. Fill your day with hands-on history. Help the blacksmith hammer out new parts for a cannon or work with the laundress. Be on hand when the 8-inch Columbiad gun fires a live gunpowder charge! See a replica of Pea Patch Island as it appeared in 1864 and artifacts from the Island's past. Make a day of it - there is no food concession stand on the island. Snacks and drinks may be purchased in the gift shop.And if you like, you can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our picnic area - tables and grills are provided.
Tickets are available on a first come first served basis without reservations.
Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.