Safety Guidelines

Safety is our top priority as we welcome members and guests to the gardens. Please review the measures and guidelines below before visiting to help keep everyone safe. These guidelines are in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health. We will update them as necessary.


  • 10 am – 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday
  • Gardens will open to guests on Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • The 2021 season will end on Sunday, November 21

Tickets & Memberships

We ask that all tickets and memberships be purchased online in advance of visiting. A scanning station is located outside of the Main House for easy entry.

To purchase tickets, please click here, and to purchase a Membership, please click here.


Main House restrooms are open. They are cleaned and sanitized routinely. Hand sanitizer stations are located in all common areas. Drinks, snacks, and Mt. Cuba Center merchandise will not be available for purchase until further notice.

Garden Paths

Signs and arrows directing one-way traffic are posted throughout the gardens to keep yourself and others safely distanced. Certain areas are closed until further notice. Please follow all signage posted throughout the garden and download this map before your visit.

Due to our rolling terrain and mulched paths, access to level, even terrain along the one-way route is limited.  Most areas are not fully accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

Things to Know

  • If you are feeling unwell, please remain at home. Your General Admission tickets will still be valid on another day.
  • The number of guests in the garden is closely monitored to ensure everyone can maintain a safe social distance.
  • Practice safe social distancing by maintaining six feet or more from guests or groups outside of your immediate family members, including Mt. Cuba staff.
  • Please bring a face mask or face covering. Anyone who is in kindergarten or older is required to wear a mask in situations where maintaining social distancing of six feet between individuals of different households is impractical. When feasible, face coverings for children two or older are also recommended according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.
  • Be mindful of others, and refrain from gathering in large groups.
  • Guests are welcome to bring snacks and refreshments, but please discard all trash and recycling in the proper receptacles.

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 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.

Thank you for your help in keeping Mt. Cuba a safe place for all to visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Please reach out to us at or call 302.239.4244 with any questions.