With a lineup of 17 impressive state parks, Delaware is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Our Delaware adoption professionals love spending time in nature at these parks during the summertime, especially with our families. Spending time in nature is always a great way to build lasting memories with your spouse and kids. Bellevue State Park is one of our favorites – we love their variety of programs and combination of manmade and natural beauty. Some of our favorite aspects of this park include:
The Bellevue Arts Center hosts a variety of programs which cater to all age groups. Common themes include arts & crafts, the environment, the history of the park and ways to have fun during your visit to the park. The Arts Center holds a weekly outdoor lunchtime concert every Wednesday from April through September.
Some other programs offered by the Bellevue Arts Center include:
- Birds of Bellevue
- Wag It Off
- Wee Have Fun – Wee Have Fitness!
- An Introduction to the Night Sky
- Summer Concert Series
This park is named for Bellevue Hall, the former mansion of William du Pont, Jr. Today, this ornate Gothic Revival castle is used as the setting for meetings, receptions, and other gatherings. It was designed as a replica of President James Madison’s home, Montpelier. The home is also open to both public and private tours. We highly recommend taking a tour if you have any interest in Gothic architecture, as the decor and furnishings are truly stunning.
Bellevue State Park features three trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders:
This trail is available for hiking or horseback riding and runs through some of the most beautiful sections of the park, including the Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve, gardens, the Percheron Barn, the Arts Center, and the Equestrian Training Center.
Nature Preserve Trail
This hiking and horseback riding trail starts near the entrance booth and runs through a section of the Equestrian Trail in the Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve, over a small creek, and along an open meadow.
Formerly used as a horse track, the Oval Track is used today for walking and biking. The track also features workout stations that encourage visitors to engage in various fitness and stretching exercises.
If you enjoy a good game of tennis during the warmer parts of the year, Bellevue State Park has you covered. Their tennis facility has eight clay courts next to Bellevue Hall. The staff here always offers friendly service and the Center runs several tennis programs, both instructional and social. You can also take tennis lessons and get your racquet strung here.
If you’re looking to sign your kids up for an enriching camp experience this summer, Bellevue State Park has plenty of options. These camps have different themes which help cultivate a variety of interests and develop different skills.
Some of the camps on the schedule this year include:
- Intro to Photography
- Fishing Camp
- Bug Adventures
- Junior Naturalist
- Wilderness Survival