Plan Your Visit
- 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday
- Gardens are open April – November
- The 2021 season will end on Sunday, November 21
Mt. Cuba Center is located near Wilmington, DE, 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).
3120 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
In accord with the CDC’s determination and Governor John Carney’s revised guidance that fully vaccinated individuals may safely interact without masks, Mt. Cuba revised its COVID-19 safety guidelines effective Friday, May 21, 2021, as follows.
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks in indoor spaces. In outdoor spaces, wearing a mask is only required if you are not able to socially distance three feet or more from individuals who are not in your household. Please visit our news post for additional details.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors and do not need to social distance. Someone is considered fully vaccinated when they are 14 days past their final dose.
Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain is limited. Please visit our Accessibility page to learn more.
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. Guests are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste and support Mt. Cuba’s commitment to conservation.
Garden and Trails Etiquette
- Accessing Mt. Cuba’s property is only permitted during our regular visitation season, April through November, by entering our Main Entrance and scanning your membership or purchasing a general admission ticket.
- 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. 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 the right to film and photograph you for promotional purposes. Read our full photo policy.
Gardens and Trails Map
View or download Mt. Cuba’s guest map before you visit.
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