Indian River Life-Saving Station

Delaware Seashore State Park

25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone: (302) 227-6991
Fax: (302) 227-6438
GPS Coordinates: N  38° 38.038 | W 75° 04.018


November 1 - April 1:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday
Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

April 2 - October 31:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week

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Reserve the Indian River Life-Saving Station for your special event!

Fort Miles is part of the Delaware History Trail

The Indian River Life-Saving Station is part of The Delaware History Trail! The sign is located to the left of the front gate. Download your passport from Delaware Tourism's website today and start discovering what makes the First State great!


Self-guided tours of the station are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (62 or older) and $2 for children ages 6 to 12 years. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Staff-guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more people by reservation only and are $5 per person.

Indian River Life-Saving Station and Gift Shop

Take a trip back in time with the help of a soft breeze off the inlet and pristine white sand, against the backdrop of a picturesque, historic Life-Saving Station. The Life-Saving Station has been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance, complete with diamond-shaped trim.

Located just north of the Indian River Bridge, the station also includes one of the area’s most interesting gift shops.

History of the Indian River Life-Saving Station

The 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. This building was originally 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. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Learn the history of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, the precursor to today's U. S. Coast Guard, by visiting the original Indian River Life-Saving Station. Be swept back to a time where night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States.

Programs and Events

Programs at the Life-Saving Station and other Delaware Seashore State Park locations are listed below. Call (302) 227-6991 to pre-register for more information about our programs.