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Indian River Life-Saving Station


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The Indian River Life-Saving Station will be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. Posted 10/30/19

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

Crabbing 101

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

10:00 AM

Interested in crabbing but not sure how to get started? Join a park naturalist to learn about the life cycle of the Atlantic blue crab, different crabbing techniques, and current Delaware rules & regulations. Then try your hand in catching those tasty crustaceans! Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 7/7/2020 10:00:00 AM 7/7/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Crabbing 101 Interested in crabbing but not sure how to get started? Join a park naturalist to learn about the life cycle of the Atlantic blue crab, different crabbing techniques, and current Delaware rules & regulations. Then try your hand in catching those tasty crustaceans! Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person (including adults) Delaware Seashore State Park

Sunset Bridge Hike

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

7:30 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a Park Interpreter, watch the sunset, and see the bridge in all its nighttime glory! 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. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 7/7/2020 7:30:00 PM 7/7/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Bridge Hike Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a Park Interpreter, watch the sunset, and see the bridge in all its nighttime glory! 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. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Kaya Eco-Tour: Paddling Station Cove

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

9:30 AM

Previous paddling experience required. Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay for a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5-mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that make up this dynamic ecosystem, including the only nesting colony of Laughing Gulls in Delaware. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person

Add to Calendar 7/8/2020 9:30:00 AM 7/8/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Kaya Eco-Tour: Paddling Station Cove Previous paddling experience required. Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay for a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5-mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that make up this dynamic ecosystem, including the only nesting colony of Laughing Gulls in Delaware. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

2:00 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $8 per person

Add to Calendar 7/8/2020 2:00:00 PM 7/8/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Beach Driving Clinic Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $8 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Driving Through History

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

3:00 PM

If only the dunes could talk, they’d have some fascinating stories to tell! Luckily, our park’s historian has uncovered some not-so-well-known stories about how the park has changed over the last century. Visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 7/8/2020 3:00:00 PM 7/8/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Driving Through History If only the dunes could talk, they’d have some fascinating stories to tell! Luckily, our park’s historian has uncovered some not-so-well-known stories about how the park has changed over the last century. Visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Sharks of the Inland Bays: Holts Landing

Thursday, July 9, 2020

9:00 AM

What kind of sharks could be swimming in our inland bays? Learn the answer at this program where we learn about why sharks might be in our waters, the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem, and how we can help with shark conservation. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Free

Add to Calendar 7/9/2020 9:00:00 AM 7/9/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Sharks of the Inland Bays What kind of sharks could be swimming in our inland bays? Learn the answer at this program where we learn about why sharks might be in our waters, the important role they play in the coastal ecosystem, and how we can help with shark conservation. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Free Holts Landing State Park

Kaya Eco-Tour: Paddling Station Cove

Thursday, July 9, 2020

9:30 AM

Previous paddling experience required. Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay for a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5-mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that make up this dynamic ecosystem, including the only nesting colony of Laughing Gulls in Delaware. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person

Add to Calendar 7/9/2020 9:30:00 AM 7/9/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Kaya Eco-Tour: Paddling Station Cove Previous paddling experience required. Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay for a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along this 2.5-mile journey, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that make up this dynamic ecosystem, including the only nesting colony of Laughing Gulls in Delaware. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Marsh Exploration: Holts Landing

Thursday, July 9, 2020

10:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what tiny critters might inhabit the marshes of our inland bays?  Come join a Park Naturalist in exploring what organisms can be found in the salt marsh and learn about the important role that they all play. Closed-toe shoes and pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 7/9/2020 10:00:00 AM 7/9/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Marsh Exploration Have you ever wondered what tiny critters might inhabit the marshes of our inland bays?  Come join a Park Naturalist in exploring what organisms can be found in the salt marsh and learn about the important role that they all play. Closed-toe shoes and pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person (including adults) Holts Landing State Park

Paddle Through History: The Assawoman Canal

Friday, July 10, 2020

9:30 AM

The Assawoman canal was envisioned as a part of an inland waterway over 150 miles in length; dug in the late 19th century, it connects the Indian River and Little Assawoman Bays. Rather than be used for trade, it became the easiest way to reach Bethany Beach before automobiles. Explore this waterway via kayak with a park naturalist and a park historian to learn about its history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person

Add to Calendar 7/10/2020 9:30:00 AM 7/10/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Paddle Through History: The Assawoman Canal The Assawoman canal was envisioned as a part of an inland waterway over 150 miles in length; dug in the late 19th century, it connects the Indian River and Little Assawoman Bays. Rather than be used for trade, it became the easiest way to reach Bethany Beach before automobiles. Explore this waterway via kayak with a park naturalist and a park historian to learn about its history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 13 and up; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $35 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lyle Gun Firing & Museum Tour

Friday, July 10, 2020

2:00 PM

Travel back in time to 1876 and the beginnings of the Indian River Life Saving Station. Learn about the lives of surfmen stationed on the coast and hear about their heroic rescues in this interactive program. Discover shipwrecks, drills, and daily struggles of men who called this place home on a semi-guided tour. Top off the tour by watching park staff fire an authentic 1894 Lyle gun. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991.

Add to Calendar 7/10/2020 2:00:00 PM 7/10/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Lyle Gun Firing & Museum Tour Travel back in time to 1876 and the beginnings of the Indian River Life Saving Station. Learn about the lives of surfmen stationed on the coast and hear about their heroic rescues in this interactive program. Discover shipwrecks, drills, and daily struggles of men who called this place home on a semi-guided tour. Top off the tour by watching park staff fire an authentic 1894 Lyle gun. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Delaware Seashore State Park

Marsh Exploration

Friday, July 10, 2020

2:00 PM

Explore Rehoboth Bay and surrounding marshes like never before! Participants will use hand-held dip nets to collect and identify a variety of marine life. Closed-toe shoes are required to walk through ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 7/10/2020 2:00:00 PM 7/10/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Marsh Exploration Explore Rehoboth Bay and surrounding marshes like never before! Participants will use hand-held dip nets to collect and identify a variety of marine life. Closed-toe shoes are required to walk through ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required by calling (302) 227-6991. Ages 3 and up. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Virtual 40th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Saturday, July 11, 2020

8:00 AM

Take part in one of Delaware Seashore State Park's legacies, the annual Sandcastle Contest! Due to uncertain conditions due to COVID19, this year's contest will be held VIRTUALLY! The contest took place at the South Inlet Day Area for many years, but this year you can build a castle anywhere in the park, on any day leading up to July 11. For details on how to participate, please visit facebook.com/delawareseashorestatepark/events

Add to Calendar 7/11/2020 8:00:00 AM 7/11/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Virtual 40th Annual Sandcastle Contest Take part in one of Delaware Seashore State Park's legacies, the annual Sandcastle Contest! Due to uncertain conditions due to COVID19, this year's contest will be held VIRTUALLY! The contest took place at the South Inlet Day Area for many years, but this year you can build a castle anywhere in the park, on any day leading up to July 11. For details on how to participate, please visit facebook.com/delawareseashorestatepark/events Delaware Seashore State Park