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DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve

38°56'44.93"N  75°19'2.36"W

2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE 19963

Phone: (302) 422-1329
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The DuPont Nature Center is one of the East Coast's premiere wildlife-watching destinations. Visitors can discover the horseshoe crabs and migratory birds that have graced its shores for eons.

The best time to visit is in May and June, when shorebirds fly in to feast on fatty horseshoe crab eggs. A great time to bring the family is during the center's annual Peace, Love, & Horseshoe Crab Festival in May.

Many people bring their binoculars, spotting scopes, and snacks so they can take in the sights for hours on end. Others ride the tide on the Mispillion River so they can take in this spectacle from Delaware Bay.

Take a video tour of the DuPont Nature Center online at Then check out its seasonal nature cam at This began streaming in 2016, but only in May and June. A Livestream account is required to view it.

Please visit the links above for seasonal hours of operation. Those who cannot visit during these hours can also make an appointment.

Photo by Chris Bennett

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