Delaware Seashore is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and we've got special events coming up to mark the occasion — plus you can submit your vintage family photos and personal park memories to our Delaware Seashore Family Scrapbook using the form on this page!
Upcoming 50th Anniversary Programs
Celebrate Fishing Friday, May 12 and
Saturday, May 13
At Old Inlet Bait & Tackle’s Spring Surf Fishing Tournament
We’re teaming up with Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop to celebrate 50 years of fishing in the park during their Spring Surf Fishing Tournament. Stop by the tournament sign-in table or the awards ceremony to check out the growing Delaware Seashore State Park History Exhibit. Bring your own family fishing photos and personal stories of the park to share with park staff at the awards ceremony at Savages Ditch from 2 to 5 p.m. Your memories could be featured in future Park History Exhibits!
Celebrate the Beach Saturday, July 8
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come witness (or participate in!) one of Delaware Seashore State Park’s legacies – the annual Sandcastle Contest at the South Inlet Day Area. Contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m., judging starts at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. To celebrate 50 years of having fun on the beach,the Park History Exhibit will be on display, and a special demonstration will be performed by our very own State Park Beach Patrol. Park staff will also be bringing in a variety of hands-on, beach-themed activities for the whole family, right alongside the sandcastle-building action!
Celebrate the Bay Saturday, August 26 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last kayak launch at 11:30 a.m.)
Sometimes the forgotten part of Delaware Seashore State Park, the bayside marshes are teeming with wildlife and full of local history. Launch at Savages Ditch and explore 3 miles of marsh islands via kayak. Along the way, park interpreters will be stationed throughout the course to talk about points of interest and hand out goodies. At the end, paddlers will be greeted at Tower Rd Bayside with a certificate of completion, photo-ops, and food for purchasefrom the food truck! Rent a kayak onsite or bring your own! This kayaking adventure is a one-way course and transportation is available to bring you back to Savages Ditch.
This event is free to participate, but pre-registration required, by calling (302) 227-6991. Kayak rentals available for a small fee.
Celebrate the Inlet Saturday, September 23
4 p.m. – Camping check-in begins
5 to 8 p.m. – Live Music at the Gazebo
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Beach Bonfire (marshmallows included!)
6:30, 8 and 9 p.m. – Guided Night Hikes of the Bridge (meet at the bonfire)
Camping at the Indian River Inlet has been a popular family tradition for many years, even before the land became a state park. The waterfront property, ample fishing opportunities, and its proximity to the beach have made the Delaware Seashore State Park campground a highly attractive location for affordable beach vacations for generations. We will be celebrating the inlet all evening with a beach bonfire, live music, guided night hikes of the bridge, AND the exclusive opportunity to camp directly on the beach. Meet at North Inlet Day Area.
Beach camping reservations can be made by calling
(302) 227-6991. $25 per tent.
Not into camping? All activities are free to attend with paid park entry!
Check back as we continue to add more details about each event to this page!
Contribute to Our Family Scrapbook
We want to see YOUR old family photos of spending time in the park. What gems do you have stashed away—grandpa fishing off the jetty? Little Johnny hauling clams back to the campsite? Photos of the old bridges? The Life-Saving Station? Maybe even the “Indian River Yacht Basin” or the USCG watchtower!
A selection of collected photos will be displayed in a growing park history exhibit at all of our 50th anniversary events.