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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

Hidden History of Delaware Seashore

Saturday, April 24, 2021

4:00 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. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station; participants must drive themselves since social distancing is not possible in the park bus. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 4/24/2021 4:00:00 PM 4/24/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Hidden History of Delaware Seashore 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. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station; participants must drive themselves since social distancing is not possible in the park bus. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Osprey Watch

Sunday, April 25, 2021

11:30 AM

Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. $4 per person

Add to Calendar 4/25/2021 11:30:00 AM 4/25/2021 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Osprey Watch Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. $4 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Friday, April 30, 2021

3:30 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 4/30/2021 3:30:00 PM 4/30/2021 3:30:00 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. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Arbor Day Hike: Holts Landing

Saturday, May 1, 2021

10:00 AM

Celebrate Arbor Day by attending a guided hike over the Sea Hawk Trail with a state park naturalist. This 1.3 mile loop starts with an expansive boardwalk across the marsh and ends in the maritime forest. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 5/1/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/1/2021 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Arbor Day Hike Celebrate Arbor Day by attending a guided hike over the Sea Hawk Trail with a state park naturalist. This 1.3 mile loop starts with an expansive boardwalk across the marsh and ends in the maritime forest. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $5 per person Holts Landing State Park

Intro to Surf Fishing

Saturday, May 1, 2021

4:00 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/1/2021 4:00:00 PM 5/1/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Friday, May 7, 2021

3:30 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/7/2021 3:30:00 PM 5/7/2021 3:30:00 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. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Intro to Surf Fishing

Saturday, May 8, 2021

4:00 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/8/2021 4:00:00 PM 5/8/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Intro to Surf Fishing

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

4:00 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/12/2021 4:00:00 PM 5/12/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro 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. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Thompson Island

Saturday, May 15, 2021

12:00 PM

Go for a hike through Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter. Learn about the island’s Native American presence and observe the abundant wildlife that calls this island home. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 5/15/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/15/2021 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Thompson Island Go for a hike through Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter. Learn about the island’s Native American presence and observe the abundant wildlife that calls this island home. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Friday, May 21, 2021

3:30 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 5/21/2021 3:30:00 PM 5/21/2021 3:30:00 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. Then, 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, May 22, 2021

3:00 PM

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter. 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 3:00:00 PM 5/22/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter. 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. Call 302-227-6991 to register. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Horseshoe Crabs: Delaware's Living Fossil

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

3:00 PM

A horseshoe crab is more than just a funny looking shell that washes up on the beach. Learn about its unique adaptations for survival, its contributions to scientific research and its key role in Delaware’s coastal ecosystem. Then venture out into Rehoboth Bay to find horseshoe crabs in the park. Closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should be prepared to wade in ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. Free

Add to Calendar 5/26/2021 3:00:00 PM 5/26/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Horseshoe Crabs: Delaware's Living Fossil A horseshoe crab is more than just a funny looking shell that washes up on the beach. Learn about its unique adaptations for survival, its contributions to scientific research and its key role in Delaware’s coastal ecosystem. Then venture out into Rehoboth Bay to find horseshoe crabs in the park. Closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should be prepared to wade in ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Terrapin Talk

Saturday, May 29, 2021

11:00 AM

Right around Memorial Day Weekend, just when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival in the park! Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. Free

Add to Calendar 5/29/2021 11:00:00 AM 5/29/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Terrapin Talk Right around Memorial Day Weekend, just when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival in the park! Pre-registration required. Call 302-227-6991 to register. Free Delaware Seashore State Park