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Indian River Life-Saving Station


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The Indian River Life-Saving Station will be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. Posted 10/30/19

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

Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2:00 PM

Talk a self-guided tour through the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff fire the Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victims over 100 years ago. Plan your tour to be before or after the 2 p.m. firing time. Pre-registration required. Free with paid museum admission.

Add to Calendar 9/30/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon Talk a self-guided tour through the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff fire the Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victims over 100 years ago. Plan your tour to be before or after the 2 p.m. firing time. Pre-registration required. Free with paid museum admission. Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Fresh Pond Tract

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 9/30/2020 4:00:00 PM 9/30/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Fresh Pond Tract Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Moonlit Shipwreck Hike

Friday, October 2, 2020

7:00 PM

The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/2/2020 7:00:00 PM 10/2/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Moonlit Shipwreck Hike The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing

Saturday, October 3, 2020

9:30 AM

Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! We will cover everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques. Rods, reels and bait are all provided. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Ages 10 and up. $25 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/3/2020 9:30:00 AM 10/3/2020 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Introduction 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! We will cover everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques. Rods, reels and bait are all provided. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Ages 10 and up. $25 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Squid Dissection

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

1:00 PM

Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide participants in a dissection, and at the end of the program, we will write with the squid’s pen and ink! Pre-registration required. Ages 6 and up. . In an effort to keep group sizes small, all adults must pay the program fee and be part of our headcount $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/7/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/7/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Squid Dissection Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide participants in a dissection, and at the end of the program, we will write with the squid’s pen and ink! Pre-registration required. Ages 6 and up. . In an effort to keep group sizes small, all adults must pay the program fee and be part of our headcount $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/7/2020 4:00:00 PM 10/7/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/14/2020 4:00:00 PM 10/14/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Night Hike: The Indian River Inlet Bridge

Friday, October 16, 2020

7:00 PM

Enjoy walking over the Indian River Inlet Bridge in all its night-time glory! Learn how the dynamic forces of nature and the efforts of man have literally shaped the inlet into what is it today. Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/16/2020 7:00:00 PM 10/16/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Hike: The Indian River Inlet Bridge Enjoy walking over the Indian River Inlet Bridge in all its night-time glory! Learn how the dynamic forces of nature and the efforts of man have literally shaped the inlet into what is it today. Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Pet Walks: Fresh Pond Tract

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00 AM

While pets are welcomed on most of our guided hikes, these hikes are geared specifically for pet owners. Allow your furry friends to socialize while you get out and enjoy the salty winter air at the beach. Pre-registration required. $4 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/17/2020 10:00:00 AM 10/17/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Pet Walks: Fresh Pond Tract While pets are welcomed on most of our guided hikes, these hikes are geared specifically for pet owners. Allow your furry friends to socialize while you get out and enjoy the salty winter air at the beach. Pre-registration required. $4 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Maritime Craft: Signal Flags

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

1:00 PM

Long before cell phones, the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and mariners at sea had lots of ways of communicating. Come learn how to decipher coded signals in a family-friendly program, and use them to make your own coded craft! Ages 8 and up. $6 per person Call 302-277-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/21/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/21/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Maritime Craft: Signal Flags Long before cell phones, the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and mariners at sea had lots of ways of communicating. Come learn how to decipher coded signals in a family-friendly program, and use them to make your own coded craft! Ages 8 and up. $6 per person Call 302-277-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Holts Landing State Park

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/21/2020 4:00:00 PM 10/21/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Holts Landing State Park Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Hidden History of Delaware

Saturday, October 24, 2020

2:00 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. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details.

Add to Calendar 10/24/2020 2:00:00 PM 10/24/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hidden History of Delaware 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. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details. Delaware Seashore State Park

Moonlit Shipwreck Hikes

Saturday, October 24, 2020

6:30 PM

Tours last about 45 minutes and depart every half hour starting at 6:30 p.m. The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/24/2020 6:30:00 PM 10/24/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Moonlit Shipwreck Hikes Tours last about 45 minutes and depart every half hour starting at 6:30 p.m. The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

1:00 PM

Talk a self-guided tour throughthe historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff firethe Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victimsover 100 years ago. Plan your tour to bebefore one of the two firing times.Free with paid museum admissionPre-registration requiredCall 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/28/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/28/2020 1:30:00 PM America/New_York Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon Talk a self-guided tour throughthe historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff firethe Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victimsover 100 years ago. Plan your tour to bebefore one of the two firing times.Free with paid museum admissionPre-registration requiredCall 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

2:00 PM

Talk a self-guided tour throughthe historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff firethe Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victimsover 100 years ago. Plan your tour to bebefore one of the two firing times.Free with paid museum admissionPre-registration requiredCall 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/28/2020 2:00:00 PM 10/28/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Firing of the Lyle Gun: A Life-Saving Cannon Talk a self-guided tour throughthe historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and watch park staff firethe Lyle gun, a life-saving cannon used to assist in rescuing shipwreck victimsover 100 years ago. Plan your tour to bebefore one of the two firing times.Free with paid museum admissionPre-registration requiredCall 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Fresh Pond Tract

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/28/2020 4:00:00 PM 10/28/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Fresh Pond Tract Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Full Moon Hike: Burton Island Nature Preserve

Friday, October 30, 2020

7:00 PM

See Burton Island in a whole new light – moonlight! A park naturalist will lead the way around the island’s 1-mile hiking loop. Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/30/2020 7:00:00 PM 10/30/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike: Burton Island Nature Preserve See Burton Island in a whole new light – moonlight! A park naturalist will lead the way around the island’s 1-mile hiking loop. Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

The Dark Past of the Indian River Inlet

Saturday, October 31, 2020

1:00 PM

Join a park interpreter for a guided walk over the inlet bridge. Along the way, learn about some of the “unlucky” events that have occurred in and around the inlet, dating back to the late 18th century! Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/31/2020 1:00:00 PM 10/31/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York The Dark Past of the Indian River Inlet Join a park interpreter for a guided walk over the inlet bridge. Along the way, learn about some of the “unlucky” events that have occurred in and around the inlet, dating back to the late 18th century! Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

The Dark Past of the Indian River Inlet

Saturday, October 31, 2020

2:00 PM

Join a park interpreter for a guided walk over the inlet bridge. Along the way, learn about some of the “unlucky” events that have occurred in and around the inlet, dating back to the late 18th century! Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 10/31/2020 2:00:00 PM 10/31/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York The Dark Past of the Indian River Inlet Join a park interpreter for a guided walk over the inlet bridge. Along the way, learn about some of the “unlucky” events that have occurred in and around the inlet, dating back to the late 18th century! Pre-registration required. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Burton Island Nature Preserve

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 11/4/2020 4:00:00 PM 11/4/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Burton Island Nature Preserve Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Hidden History of Delaware Seashore

Saturday, November 7, 2020

2:00 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. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details.

Add to Calendar 11/7/2020 2:00:00 PM 11/7/2020 3:00:00 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. $6 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details. Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 11/11/2020 4:00:00 PM 11/11/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Moonlit Shipwreck Hike

Friday, November 13, 2020

5:30 PM

The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 11/13/2020 5:30:00 PM 11/13/2020 6:30:00 PM America/New_York Moonlit Shipwreck Hike The desolate beach between the Indian River Inlet and the Life-Saving Station is known by the locals as “coin beach” as coins from a shipwreck that happened in 1785 still wash up today. Join park staff for a lantern-lit walk on this beach and learn about historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues that occurred right off the coast of our park many years ago. Pre-registration required. $10 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 11/18/2020 4:00:00 PM 11/18/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Afternoon Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Hike Series: Holts Landing State Park

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 11/25/2020 4:00:00 PM 11/25/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Hike Series: Holts Landing State Park Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 12/2/2020 4:00:00 PM 12/2/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Hike Series: Indian River Inlet Bridge Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Wednesday Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

4:00 PM

Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details

Add to Calendar 12/9/2020 4:00:00 PM 12/9/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Hike Series: Thompson Island Nature Preserve Get out of the house mid-week and enjoy a guided hike with a park interpreter. Pre-registration required. All hikes are at 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Call 302-227-6991 for more details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Solstice Hike

Monday, December 21, 2020

4:00 PM

Enjoy a guided hike around Burton Island Nature Preserve with a park naturalist. At the conclusion of the hike, enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian River Bay. Pre-registration required $5 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 12/21/2020 4:00:00 PM 12/21/2020 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Solstice Hike Enjoy a guided hike around Burton Island Nature Preserve with a park naturalist. At the conclusion of the hike, enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian River Bay. Pre-registration required $5 per person Call 302-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park