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Indian River Life-Saving Station


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.

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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

Marsh Walk

Sunday, October 21, 2018

2 p.m.

Explore an expansive salt marsh and learn about the importance of wetlands while searching for fiddler crabs, diamondback terrapins, and periwinkle snails. Closed-toe shoes must be worn. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $4 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 10/21/2018 2:00:00 PM 10/21/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Marsh Walk Explore an expansive salt marsh and learn about the importance of wetlands while searching for fiddler crabs, diamondback terrapins, and periwinkle snails. Closed-toe shoes must be worn. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $4 per person (including adults) Delaware Seashore State Park

Sun, Moon, and Bridge

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5:45 p.m.

Don’t forget your camera on this one! Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a Park Interpreter to view the sun set over the Indian River Bay and the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean. This program will not be held in overcast or rainy conditions. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area. FREE No pre-registration required

Add to Calendar 10/24/2018 5:45:00 PM 10/24/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Sun, Moon, and Bridge Don’t forget your camera on this one! Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a Park Interpreter to view the sun set over the Indian River Bay and the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean. This program will not be held in overcast or rainy conditions. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area. FREE No pre-registration required Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour

Friday, October 26, 2018

8 p.m.

Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Call (302)227-6991 to register. Cost: $10 per person

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Call (302)227-6991 to register. Cost: $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Through History: Thompson Island Night Hike

Friday, October 26, 2018

8:30 p.m.

Hike the Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter after the park closes! Learn about the Native American presence on the island and some of the wildlife that call this place home. Due to limited parking, participants will be shuttled in from Rehoboth. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 8:30:00 PM 10/26/2018 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Hike Through History: Thompson Island Night Hike Hike the Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter after the park closes! Learn about the Native American presence on the island and some of the wildlife that call this place home. Due to limited parking, participants will be shuttled in from Rehoboth. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Through History: Thompson Island Night Hike

Friday, October 26, 2018

7 p.m.

Hike the Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter after the park closes! Learn about the Native American presence on the island and some of the wildlife that call this place home. Due to limited parking, participants will be shuttled in from Rehoboth. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 7:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Through History: Thompson Island Night Hike Hike the Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter after the park closes! Learn about the Native American presence on the island and some of the wildlife that call this place home. Due to limited parking, participants will be shuttled in from Rehoboth. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Through History: Indian River Inlet Bridge

Friday, October 26, 2018

5 p.m.

Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and imagine what life was like here over 100 years ago. A Park Interpreter will guide the hike, telling local shipwreck tales, ancient maritime superstitions, and tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred along the Delaware coast. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Through History: Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and imagine what life was like here over 100 years ago. A Park Interpreter will guide the hike, telling local shipwreck tales, ancient maritime superstitions, and tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred along the Delaware coast. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7 p.m.

Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Call (302)227-6991 to register. Cost: $10 per person *Sea Witch Weekend program. Lanterns tours will be offered all evening, departing every 20 minutes. Pre-registration required. Call for times.

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 7:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Call (302)227-6991 to register. Cost: $10 per person *Sea Witch Weekend program. Lanterns tours will be offered all evening, departing every 20 minutes. Pre-registration required. Call for times. Delaware Seashore State Park

Owls: Predators of the Night

Saturday, October 27, 2018

3 p.m.

Learn to identify common owl species found in our area. A park naturalist will explain their adaptations and guide participants through a dissection of an owl pellet to determine its latest meal! Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $4 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 3:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Owls: Predators of the Night Learn to identify common owl species found in our area. A park naturalist will explain their adaptations and guide participants through a dissection of an owl pellet to determine its latest meal! Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $4 per person (including adults) Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Through History: Indian River Inlet Bridge

Saturday, October 27, 2018

5 p.m.

Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and imagine what life was like here over 100 years ago. A Park Interpreter will guide the hike, telling local shipwreck tales, ancient maritime superstitions, and tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred along the Delaware coast. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Through History: Indian River Inlet Bridge Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge and imagine what life was like here over 100 years ago. A Park Interpreter will guide the hike, telling local shipwreck tales, ancient maritime superstitions, and tales of tragedy and mystery that occurred along the Delaware coast. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Nautical Knots

Saturday, November 3, 2018

10 a.m.

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 and 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. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 Ages 12 and up Cost: $15 per person

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 10:00:00 AM 11/3/2018 11:30:00 AM 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 and 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. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 Ages 12 and up Cost: $15 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Fresh Pond

Saturday, November 3, 2018

10 a.m.

Join a Park Naturalist and explore a lesser-known part of Delaware Seashore State Park, the Fresh Pond Tract. This 3.4 mile loop meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, and marsh habitats. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 10:00:00 AM 11/3/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Fresh Pond Join a Park Naturalist and explore a lesser-known part of Delaware Seashore State Park, the Fresh Pond Tract. This 3.4 mile loop meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, and marsh habitats. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Sunset Bridge Walk

Saturday, November 10, 2018

4:30 p.m.

Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet bridge just in time to catch the sun setting over the Indian River Bay. A Park Interpreter will lead the way, pointing out bridge features and explaining how the inlet has changed over the last 100 years. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. Pre-registration required. Call (302-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 4:30:00 PM 11/10/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Sunset Bridge Walk Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet bridge just in time to catch the sun setting over the Indian River Bay. A Park Interpreter will lead the way, pointing out bridge features and explaining how the inlet has changed over the last 100 years. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. Pre-registration required. Call (302-227-6991 to register. Cost: $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Saturday, November 10, 2018

7 p.m.

Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $10 per person

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Citizen Archeology: Finding Historic Artifacts on Delaware’s Beaches

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1 p.m.

There’s more than shells washing up on our Delaware beaches. Come and experience 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 our Cultural Resources Team 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. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Ages 8 and up Cost: $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Citizen Archeology: Finding Historic Artifacts on Delaware’s Beaches There’s more than shells washing up on our Delaware beaches. Come and experience 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 our Cultural Resources Team 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. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Ages 8 and up Cost: $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Thompson Island

Sunday, November 11, 2018

1 p.m.

Go for a hike at 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. Space is very limited so pre-registration is required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/11/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/11/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Thompson Island Go for a hike at 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. Space is very limited so pre-registration is required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beachcombing Today

Sunday, November 18, 2018

1 p.m.

Beachcombing is an exciting activity for many visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park, but have you ever wondered, "Is it okay to take that cool finding home?" Join a park interpreter for a discussion on how you can become a “Modern Beachcomber” by learning how to identify the shells that wash up on our beaches, as well as some simple practices that will help ensure that these beach treasures will be there for future generations to discover and enjoy. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. FREE

Add to Calendar 11/18/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/18/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Beachcombing Today Beachcombing is an exciting activity for many visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park, but have you ever wondered, "Is it okay to take that cool finding home?" Join a park interpreter for a discussion on how you can become a “Modern Beachcomber” by learning how to identify the shells that wash up on our beaches, as well as some simple practices that will help ensure that these beach treasures will be there for future generations to discover and enjoy. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. FREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

4 p.m.

Explore the 1-mile loop trail on Burton Island Nature Preserve with a Park Naturalist. Learn to identify coastal plants, and spot various waterfowl along the way. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/21/2018 4:00:00 PM 11/21/2018 5:30:00 PM America/New_York Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve Explore the 1-mile loop trail on Burton Island Nature Preserve with a Park Naturalist. Learn to identify coastal plants, and spot various waterfowl along the way. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 to register. Cost: $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

#OptOutside Hike

Friday, November 23, 2018

10 a.m.

Skip the crowds and the shopping malls and #OptOutside! This free hike will be led by a park naturalist through a variety of different habitats along the Sea Hawk Trail. The trail meanders through maritime forest, salt marsh, meadow, and intertidal zones. Meet at Holts Landing State Park Pavilion. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. FREE No pre-registration required

Add to Calendar 11/23/2018 10:00:00 AM 11/23/2018 11:30:00 AM America/New_York #OptOutside Hike Skip the crowds and the shopping malls and #OptOutside! This free hike will be led by a park naturalist through a variety of different habitats along the Sea Hawk Trail. The trail meanders through maritime forest, salt marsh, meadow, and intertidal zones. Meet at Holts Landing State Park Pavilion. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. FREE No pre-registration required Delaware Seashore State Park