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Middletown Transcript
  • Fort Delaware State Park to re-open Saturday

  • Fort Delaware State Park will kick off its 2014 visitor season on Saturday with a slate of programs.
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  • Fort Delaware State Park will kick off its 2014 visitor season on Saturday with a slate of programs.
    The nearly 100-year-old fort, located on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River, will host free behind-the-scenes tours, normally priced at $5, as well as birding walks during which visitors can observe one of the largest heronies north of Florida.
    Back at Fort DuPont in Delaware City, a 10 a.m. History Photo Walk, beginning at the flagpole on the east side of the parade field, will provide guests with tips and tricks for taking excellent photos of the historical area.
    Admission and programs on Saturday will be free, but visitors will still have to pay for a 10-minute ferry ride from the dock at 45 Clinton St. in Delaware City to Pea Patch Island.
    Ferry tickets are $6 for children 12 and younger, $10 for seniors and active military or veterans and $11 for anyone age 13 and older.
    Ferry tickets can be purchased online at destateparks.com at least 24 hours in advance, by calling (877)-98-PARKS or in person. The ticket window will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets to the last ferry trip at 6 p.m. must be purchased before 4 p.m.
    Fort Delaware will continue to be open Saturdays only through May 17, followed by weekends and holidays through June 11, after which the park will be open from Wednesdays through Sundays and holidays until Sept. 1.
    Call (302) 834-7941 for more information about Fort Delaware or Fort DuPont.

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