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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

Sun, Moon, and Bridge

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5:45 PM

Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge just in time to watch the sunset over Indian River Bay. Then turn around and watch the moonrise over the ocean. Free, but please pre-register by calling 302-227-6991. Free

Add to Calendar 10/20/2021 5:45:00 PM 10/20/2021 6:45:00 PM America/New_York Sun, Moon, and Bridge Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge just in time to watch the sunset over Indian River Bay. Then turn around and watch the moonrise over the ocean. Free, but please pre-register by calling 302-227-6991. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing

Saturday, October 23, 2021

9:00 AM

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 10/23/2021 9:00:00 AM 10/23/2021 12:00:00 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 State Park

Hidden History of Delaware Seashore: A Driving Tour

Saturday, October 23, 2021

2:00 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. Hop on the state park bus (or join the caravan in your own car) to visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/23/2021 2:00:00 PM 10/23/2021 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Hidden History of Delaware Seashore: A Driving Tour 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. Hop on the state park bus (or join the caravan in your own car) to visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Friday, October 29, 2021

4:00 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/29/2021 4:00:00 PM 10/29/2021 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Friday, October 29, 2021

5:00 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/29/2021 5:00:00 PM 10/29/2021 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, October 29, 2021

7:00 PM

Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/29/2021 7:00:00 PM 10/29/2021 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, October 29, 2021

8:00 PM

Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/29/2021 8:00:00 PM 10/29/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, October 30, 2021

4:00 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/30/2021 4:00:00 PM 10/30/2021 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, October 30, 2021

5:00 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/30/2021 5:00:00 PM 10/30/2021 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to discover the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. We'll also discuss the bridges that have spanned the inlet and how the current bridge design came to be. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Saturday, October 30, 2021

7:00 PM

Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/30/2021 7:00:00 PM 10/30/2021 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Saturday, October 30, 2021

8:00 PM

Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/30/2021 8:00:00 PM 10/30/2021 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Fresh Pond

Saturday, November 6, 2021

9:00 AM

Hike a 3-mile loop at the Fresh Pond Tract of Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist. Learn to identify flora and fauna along the way, and discover the history of this oasis of preserved land in a sea of development. 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 11/6/2021 9:00:00 AM 11/6/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Hike Fresh Pond Hike a 3-mile loop at the Fresh Pond Tract of Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist. Learn to identify flora and fauna along the way, and discover the history of this oasis of preserved land in a sea of development. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, November 12, 2021

7:30 PM

Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person

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Add to Calendar 11/12/2021 7:30:00 PM 11/12/2021 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Learn what 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. Ages 8 and up. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail: Holts Landing

Saturday, November 13, 2021

9:00 AM

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 registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person

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Add to Calendar 11/13/2021 9:00:00 AM 11/13/2021 10:00:00 AM 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 registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person Holts Landing State Park

Sun, Moon, and Bridge

Friday, November 19, 2021

4:15 PM

Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge just in time to watch the sunset over Indian River Bay. Then turn around and watch the moonrise over the ocean. Free, but please pre-register by calling 302-227-6991. Free

Add to Calendar 11/19/2021 4:15:00 PM 11/19/2021 5:15:00 PM America/New_York Sun, Moon, and Bridge Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge just in time to watch the sunset over Indian River Bay. Then turn around and watch the moonrise over the ocean. Free, but please pre-register by calling 302-227-6991. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve - CANCELLED

Saturday, November 20, 2021

9:00 AM

This program is no longer available

Add to Calendar 11/20/2021 9:00:00 AM 11/20/2021 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve - CANCELLED This program is no longer available Delaware Seashore State Park