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Indian River Life-Saving Station


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Due to COVID-19, the Life-Saving Station museum is currently closed. Temporary office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday only

About the Life-Saving Station

Be swept back to a time when night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States. The original Indian River Life-Saving Station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States and the precursor to today's U. S. Coast Guard.

The building was first located 400 feet closer to the shore, but a sand dune began to form around it almost as soon as it was finished. It was moved to its present location in 1877, and today has been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance, complete with diamond-shaped trim. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

group of people gathereed in front of life saving station

This unique coastal property is great for any special event you may have in mind, and is ideal for beach destination weddings and receptions.

While your guests are visiting the beach, they can enjoy exciting programs and events, too!

Download the Indian River Life-Saving Station facility rental guidelines and site diagram.


Upcoming Events

Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 4, 2023

1:00 PM

Explore the varied habitats and scenery along the 1-mile loop on Burton Island Nature Preserve. Learn about the history of this island and how it came to be part of the state park. Identify trees, shrubs, grasses and birds along the way. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/4/2023 1:00:00 PM 2/4/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve Explore the varied habitats and scenery along the 1-mile loop on Burton Island Nature Preserve. Learn about the history of this island and how it came to be part of the state park. Identify trees, shrubs, grasses and birds along the way. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person Delaware Seashore

Nautical Knots

Saturday, February 11, 2023

2:00 PM

Bowline, figure eight, and double half hitch—for surfmen and sailors these were some of the essential working knots they used on a daily basis. Come to the Life-Saving Station to learn how to tie these practical knots and hear some of the history behind them. Then, construct your own personal knot board to display all of your finished knots at home. Ages 10 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $15 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/11/2023 2:00:00 PM 2/11/2023 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Nautical Knots Bowline, figure eight, and double half hitch—for surfmen and sailors these were some of the essential working knots they used on a daily basis. Come to the Life-Saving Station to learn how to tie these practical knots and hear some of the history behind them. Then, construct your own personal knot board to display all of your finished knots at home. Ages 10 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $15 per person Delaware Seashore

Lantern Tour

Saturday, February 11, 2023

7:00 PM

Learn what the surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast over 100 years ago. Venture out to the beach with a lantern and hear tales of tragedy and mystery from the station's logs. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve, at 302-227-6991.

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Add to Calendar 2/11/2023 7:00:00 PM 2/11/2023 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what the surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast over 100 years ago. Venture out to the beach with a lantern and hear tales of tragedy and mystery from the station's logs. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve, at 302-227-6991. Delaware Seashore

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail: Holts Landing

Saturday, February 18, 2023

1:00 PM

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.3-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh, and freshwater bog habitats. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/18/2023 1:00:00 PM 2/18/2023 2:15:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.3-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh, and freshwater bog habitats. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $5 per person Holts Landing

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, February 25, 2023

5:00 PM

Enjoy a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet bridge. Learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/25/2023 5:00:00 PM 2/25/2023 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Enjoy a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet bridge. Learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, March 4, 2023

10:00 AM

Enjoy a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet bridge. Learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 3/4/2023 10:00:00 AM 3/4/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Enjoy a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet bridge. Learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve at 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore

DIY Sea Salt Scrub

Saturday, March 18, 2023

1:00 PM

It's time to get a little salty! Join a park interpreter to learn about the water salinity of Delaware Seashore. Harvest sea water to make some all natural sea salt and use it to create a scrub for your skin! Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $15 per person

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Add to Calendar 3/18/2023 1:00:00 PM 3/18/2023 2:00:00 PM America/New_York DIY Sea Salt Scrub It's time to get a little salty! Join a park interpreter to learn about the water salinity of Delaware Seashore. Harvest sea water to make some all natural sea salt and use it to create a scrub for your skin! Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $15 per person Delaware Seashore

Lantern Tour

Friday, March 24, 2023

7:00 PM

Learn what the surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast over 100 years ago. Venture out to the beach with a lantern and hear tales of tragedy and mystery from the station's logs. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve, at 302-227-6991.

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Add to Calendar 3/24/2023 7:00:00 PM 3/24/2023 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what the surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast over 100 years ago. Venture out to the beach with a lantern and hear tales of tragedy and mystery from the station's logs. Pre-registration required. Ages 8 and up. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person. Online program registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call the park to reserve, at 302-227-6991. Delaware Seashore

Introduction to Surf Fishing

Saturday, March 25, 2023

1:00 PM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Ages 12 and up. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $25 per person

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Add to Calendar 3/25/2023 1:00:00 PM 3/25/2023 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Surf Fishing Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Ages 12 and up. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $25 per person Delaware Seashore