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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

Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

6:00 PM

Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free

Add to Calendar 1/26/2022 6:00:00 PM 1/26/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Webinar Series Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Citizen Archeology: Finding Historic Artifacts on Delaware’s Beaches

Saturday, January 29, 2022

1:00 PM

There's more than shells washing up on our Delaware beaches. Discover some of the historic artifacts that have been found on our beaches and what still washes up today. Learn what you can do to help the Cultural Resources Unit preserve our maritime heritage, should you ever come across a relic from the past during your beachcombing explorations. With Delaware's rich maritime history, you never know what could wash up next. 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 1/29/2022 1:00:00 PM 1/29/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Citizen Archeology: Finding Historic Artifacts on Delaware’s Beaches There's more than shells washing up on our Delaware beaches. Discover some of the historic artifacts that have been found on our beaches and what still washes up today. Learn what you can do to help the Cultural Resources Unit preserve our maritime heritage, should you ever come across a relic from the past during your beachcombing explorations. With Delaware's rich maritime history, you never know what could wash up next. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

6:00 PM

Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free

Add to Calendar 2/2/2022 6:00:00 PM 2/2/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Webinar Series Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 5, 2022

9:00 AM

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 2/5/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/5/2022 10:00:00 AM 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 State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, February 5, 2022

1:00 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 2/5/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/5/2022 2:00:00 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

Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

6:00 PM

Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free

Add to Calendar 2/9/2022 6:00:00 PM 2/9/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Webinar Series Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, February 11, 2022

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 2/11/2022 7:00:00 PM 2/11/2022 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

Beach Driving Clinic

Saturday, February 12, 2022

9:00 AM

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). 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 2/12/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/12/2022 10:30:00 AM 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). Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

6:00 PM

Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free

Add to Calendar 2/16/2022 6:00:00 PM 2/16/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Webinar Series Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

6:00 PM

Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free

Add to Calendar 2/23/2022 6:00:00 PM 2/23/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Webinar Series Join park staff virtually, in welcoming a different guest speaker each Wednesday evening in January and February. Lectures will cover a variety of local environmental and heritage topics. To log into the webinar please use the following link: https://stateofdelaware.webex.com/webappng/sites/stateofdelaware/meeting/download/8cbdedca0bac4f1abc67f40e4495d59a?siteurl=stateofdelaware&MTID=m7f2d5d622653d24ef117e126f445f8e6. Free Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Saturday, February 26, 2022

9:00 AM

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). 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 2/26/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/26/2022 10:30:00 AM 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). Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. After that, please call 302-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park