Walkup tickets only (no advance purchase) available, if less than 24 hours before your visit. Tickets can be purchased on a first come first served basis at the ticket office located at 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE. 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.
2014 Tours are available
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 25, 26, 31
June 1, 7, 8
Wednesdays through Sundays and holidays June 11 - Sept. 1
In addition the Fort will be open Sept. 4, 7, 27, 28, Oct. 4
Prices: Adult: $11.00, Military: $10.00, Senior: $10.00, Children - 2 - 12 years: $6.00, Children - under 2 years: $0.00
Two seatings each night: 5:15 p.m. dinner/6:30 boat and 7:15 p.m. dinner/8:30 boat
Participants should arrive at Crabby Dick's Restaurant in Delaware City at the program start time for the buffet dinner. They should then proceed across the street to the Fort Delaware dock for the boat ride. The 5:15 pm dinner trip leaves the dock promptly at 6:30, and the 7:15 pm dinner trip leaves the dock promptly at 8:30. Crabby Dicks Restaurant and Fort Delaware State Park are located at the foot of Clinton Street in Delaware City. Park address is 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City DE 19706. After dinner is complete, the ferry will transport you to Fort Delaware State Park on Pea Patch Island, where you'll take part in a one-hour evening tour with a ghostly spin. Meet some 'believers' and some 'skeptics', and listen to the stories of suspected hauntings at the Fort. Visit the most haunted areas of the fort, and maybe meet a ghost or two. Please dress for the weather, as this program is rain or shine. Layered dress is suggested as the breezes can be unpredictable on the island. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes (please, no open-toed shoes) as the tour portion of the program involves an hour of walking and standing.
This program is NOT a paranormal investigative program. It is an evening ghost and folklore story tour.
Participate in an actual paranormal investigation of Fort Delaware. Visit areas where paranormal activity has been suspected, along with investigators from Diamond State Ghost Investigators. At each area we will use EMFs, data recorders, and temperature sensors to search for paranormal activity. Visitors are welcome to bring their own equipment as long as it is easy to transport.
Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour evening boat cruise on the river or canal, followed by a buffet dinner at Crabby Dick's restaurant in Delaware City. Customers meet at the DOCK. Dinner menu includes tossed salad, sliced baked chicken breasts, meatballs w/marinara, penne pasta in a crabby blush sauce, red bliss potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls, desserts, and fountain drinks and teas. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the restaurant but are not included in ticket price.
Join this classroom session to learn how to conduct paranormal investigations using a variety of techniques. After instruction, participate in an actual paranormal investigation of Fort Delaware. Visit areas where paranormal activity has been suspected, along with investigatiors from Diamond State Ghost Investigators. At each area we will use EMFs, data recorders, and temperature sensors to search for paranormal activity. Visitors are welcome to bring their own equipment as long as it is easy to transport.
Join the Diamond State Ghost Investigators and park staff for an extended five-hour (including boat travel time) paranormal investigation. Participants will witness and have an opportunity to participate in paranormal investigation through a partnership with Diamond State Ghost Investigators. A concession area will include snacks and beverages, as well as t-shirt and commemorative sale items. Areas to be investigated may include the prisoner barracks, mess hall, officer's kitchen, ordnance room area, officers quarters, prisoner barracks, and west end of Endicott section of fort. The evening starts with an introduction, where participants will be split into teams of approximately 7 each. Each team will then be led by an investigator to the various areas of investigation. At each area an investigator will be present with EMFs, data recorders, and temperature sensors. Participants are welcome to bring portable equipment also as long as it is easily transported by the individual.
This program is offered by reservation only. All departures are from Delaware City.
This is a rain or shine program. You will have the option of receiving a refund if your trip is cancelled by the park. The Park will cancel programs if they determine the weather or river conditions are unsafe. In the event of inclement weather do not contact the park office. You will be contacted in advance if the weather becomes unsafe and it is necessary to cancel. Please provide a cell phone number so that you can be contacted in the event of inclement weather.
Smoking is not permitted on the island during the evening programs. Alcohol and pets are not permitted on the island. Participants are not permitted to wander from the assigned group during the evening.
Ticket pick up: please plan to check in 1/2 hour prior to scheduled trip.
Individuals with physical limitations: the ferry is handicapped accessible. Our tram has a power lift for wheelchair accessibility. Anyone who may have trouble walking from the ferry dock to the tram pick-up site, approximiately a 75 yard walk, should let the ferry captain know when they get on the ferry and arrangements will be made for a ride to the tram. The program involves a great deal of walking and seating is limited. Some handicapped visitors may have trouble negotiating the stone sidewalks. Please wear comfortable shoes (no open-toed shoes) and dress for the weather.