Plan Your Visit
Mt. Cuba Center is located near Wilmington, DE, on Barley Mill Road, just 4 miles north of Route 141. We are just a quick drive from Philadelphia (45 minutes), Baltimore (90 minutes), Washington, D.C. (2 ½ hours), and New York City (3 hours).
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New Safety Guidelines
Safety is our top priority. We ask all guests to please click here and review our updated guidelines before visiting to help keep everyone safe.
Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain is limited. Golf cart transportation to select locations throughout the garden is available upon request. For your convenience, wheelchairs, walking sticks and a walker are also available upon request at the front desk. Reservations are not required. Please call with any questions in advance of your visit at 302-239-4244.
See the variety of terrain, places for golf cart access, and locations of stairs throughout the gardens in this downloadable map, here. To learn more about Mt. Cuba’s efforts to become more accessible to all, please click here.
The Trails through our natural lands are maintained in their more natural state and take on a “wilder” aesthetic, as opposed to the carefully curated gardens. More than two miles of Trails meander through fields and forests, over uneven terrain and moderately steep hills. We advise stopping at the Main House to visit the restrooms before venturing out onto the Trails. For more information on the Trails, including distances, click here.
Visiting with Children
We welcome gardeners of all ages! Baby carriers and backpacks may be helpful while exploring our hillside gardens and trails. All-terrains strollers are recommended.
Light refreshments are available for sale onsite, and guests may bring food and drinks. Take advantage of our shaded picnic area, find a seat in the gardens, or borrow one of our picnic blankets to use on the grounds. Visitors are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste and support Mt. Cuba Center’s commitment to conservation.
Garden and Trails Etiquette
- Enjoy plants and wildlife from paths and lawns but please avoid stepping into garden beds and our native grasslands.
- Feel free to touch and smell our plants and admire wildlife from a safe distance; please do not damage or remove plant parts.
- Please do not disturb plant labels. Docents are available to answer any questions.
- Feel free to take photographs for personal use. Please inquire in advance for professional or commercial photography policies.
- Certified service animals are permitted at Mt. Cuba Center. No pets in the gardens or on the trails in our natural lands, please.
- We are a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted inside personal vehicles.
We recommend bringing sunscreen and insect repellant for your comfort. After visiting the Trails, check for ticks in order to prevent lyme disease. For more information, visit cdc.gov/Lyme
Upon entering the premises, you grant Mt. Cuba Center the right to film and photograph you for promotional purposes. Read our full photo policy.
Gardens and Trails Map
View or download our guest map before you visit.