Accessibility

On this page we have detailed what to expect in a visit to Mt. Cuba Center, the former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. Because Mt. Cuba Center started as a private estate, many paths are uneven, narrow, or steep. More accessible paths are part of long-term planning for future development.

While this page lists as many circumstances as possible, it is not exhaustive. Please call (302) 239-4244 or email info@mtcubacenter.org with any inquiries about our policies or the information on this page. For accommodation requests related to a disability and questions, comments, or further information about the accessibility of specific programs, please contact Robert Parrett at (302) 239-8895 or rparrett@mtcubacenter.org.

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Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain is limited. Please consult our level-terrain map to see the variety of terrain, places for golf cart access, and locations of stairs.

Golf Cart Access

Golf cart transportation to select locations throughout the gardens is available upon request. Please consult our level-terrain map for golf-cart-accessible paths. Golf carts are operated by Mt. Cuba Center’s public safety team and do not require reservations.

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Mt. Cuba Center provides an indoor and outdoor experience for our guests and seeks to set expectations for what guests may sense and encounter while visiting. A general sensory guide outlines information about the conditions of different garden areas and what accommodations are available on site.

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Admission

General admission tickets can be purchased online or in person at the front desk: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under and Season Passholders.

Season passes can also be purchased online or in person at the front desk.

Personal Care Assistants

Personal Care Assistants are admitted to the gardens for free in accompaniment of another guest.

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted in the gardens, but pets and emotional support animals are not allowed. Service animals must always remain on marked paths, remain under their owners’ control, and not pose a threat to other guests. Additionally, owners are responsible for cleaning up and carrying out any waste.

Season

Mt. Cuba Center is open for general admission Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, April through November. The gardens are subject to weather and path conditions, and we strive to maintain safe, accessible pathways for our guests.

Classes are held year-round, including during the winter. In the event that we close our facilities due to winter weather we will announce the closure on our website and via email and phone messages to enrolled students.

Umbrellas are available in the Main House for guests to use during their visit.

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Parking

During general admission, accessible parking is available in the Forecourt with an accessible electric entrance to the left of the Main House guest entrance. Mt. Cuba Center does not require a blue, state-issued tag to be displayed to use accessible parking.

Guest Entrance

Cars enter from Barley Mill Road and park in the Guest Parking Lot at the top of the driveway. Accessible parking is available in the Forecourt where an accessible electric entrance door to the Main House is located to the left of the Guest Entrance door.

All guests, including Season Passholders, must check in at the Front Desk or Orientation Tent (located in the Guest Parking Lot on general admission days) before entering the gardens.

Mobility Devices

Personal mobility devices may be able to access some pathways and terrain. Due to varying terrain and path conditions, please call ahead of your visit.

Mt. Cuba Center provides a cane, a walker, a wheelchair, and walking sticks on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are not required. Inquire upon arrival.

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Elevator

To access another floor of the Main House, there is an elevator located across from the restrooms on the Main Floor. This elevator is an original traction-passenger elevator; Guest Experience staff are always available to demonstrate operation and accompany guests to their destination.

Restrooms and Changing Tables

Restrooms are located on each floor of the Main House. They include the following restroom facilities:

  • Multi-stall women’s and men’s restrooms on the first floor of the Main House with accessible stalls and changing tables in each restroom.
  • A family-sized, all-gender, single-stall restroom with a changing table is available on the second-floor landing.
  • An accessible, all-gender, single-stall restroom is available on the lower level near the classroom.

A portable restroom unit is available for use at the bottom of the Dogwood Path. The restroom unit features hand sanitizer and a no-flush toilet. Please note that this restroom is not accessible and cannot be reached by personal mobility equipment.

Restrooms are not equipped with sharps-disposal container. However, sharps-disposal containers are available upon request at the Front Desk.

Breastfeeding and Pumping

Guests looking for privacy to breastfeed or pump may either request to use a conference room at the Front Desk or may use the family-sized, single-stall restroom on the second-floor landing. There is an upholstered armchair located in this restroom.

Water Station

There is a water-filling station near the restrooms on the Main Floor that has hot and cold water and small cups available for use. Mt. Cuba Center encourages guests to bring a reusable water bottle with them to fill on site and carry. Reusable water bottles are available for $3 at the Front Desk.

Food

Guests may bring their own food with them to the gardens. Light snacks, pre-packaged meals, and beverages are available for purchase at the refreshment station on the Main Floor of the Main House. For payment, guests may pay exact change into the honor box located next to the refreshment station or may pay with cash or card at the Front Desk.

Lost Party Identification

If a member of your party goes missing, please consult the nearest staff member. Whenever a guest is on property, there is always a Public Safety Officer on site.

Exiting During an Emergency

For the safety of our guests and staff, Mt. Cuba Center closely monitors weather conditions. Guests are cleared from the outdoor public areas during unsafe wind and storm conditions. In this case, guests may either take shelter in the Main House or exit the gardens to their cars.