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Indian River Life-Saving Station


Special Notice 8/17/19

Museum closed on September 14 for a private event.

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.

Featured Program: Sunset Bridge Walk

Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to learn how the inlet has changed over the last 100 years. Preregistration required. $6 per person Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Add to Calendar 10/25/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Sunset Bridge Walk Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to learn how the inlet has changed over the last 100 years. Preregistration required. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park




Upcoming Events

Mollusk Meet-Up

Saturday, September 28, 2019

10:00 AM

Discover what a squid and clam have in common and why they’re so closely related in the animal kingdom. A park naturalist will guide participants through a dissection to learn about the anatomy of these vital coastal creatures.Pre-registration required. $8 per person (including adults). Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 9/28/2019 10:00:00 AM 9/28/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Mollusk Meet-Up Discover what a squid and clam have in common and why they’re so closely related in the animal kingdom. A park naturalist will guide participants through a dissection to learn about the anatomy of these vital coastal creatures.Pre-registration required. $8 per person (including adults). Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9:00 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. $25 per person. Ages 10 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 9:00:00 AM 9/29/2019 12:00:00 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. $25 per person. Ages 10 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Searching for a Signal

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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!Pre-registration requiredAges 8 and up$6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 9/29/2019 1:00:00 PM 9/29/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Searching for a Signal 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!Pre-registration requiredAges 8 and up$6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Thompson Island

Friday, October 4, 2019

4:30 PM

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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/4/2019 4:30:00 PM 10/4/2019 5:30:00 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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Big Truck Day!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10:00 AM

Kids of all ages will love this event! Park and marina staff will have a variety of big trucks and equipment out on display for visitors to see up close, sit in the driver’s seat for photo ops, and see some demonstrations of these machines in action! Some of the vehicles and equipment will include a 24,000-lb capacity fork lift, a beach sweeper, a ranger enforcement vehicle, a DNREC dump truck, a state park minibus, and the marina’s travel lift.Meet at the Indian River MarinaFree. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/5/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/5/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Big Truck Day! Kids of all ages will love this event! Park and marina staff will have a variety of big trucks and equipment out on display for visitors to see up close, sit in the driver’s seat for photo ops, and see some demonstrations of these machines in action! Some of the vehicles and equipment will include a 24,000-lb capacity fork lift, a beach sweeper, a ranger enforcement vehicle, a DNREC dump truck, a state park minibus, and the marina’s travel lift.Meet at the Indian River MarinaFree. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Featured Program: Hike the Sea Hawk Trail: Holts Landing

Saturday, October 12, 2019

1:00 PM

Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. Pre-registration required. *Dog Friendly for Greyhound Weekend* $5 per person

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Hike the Sea Hawk Trail Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. Pre-registration required. *Dog Friendly for Greyhound Weekend* $5 per person Holts Landing State Park

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - Dog and Pet Walk!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

1:00 PM

Dog- and pet-friendly for Greyhound! Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/12/2019 1:00:00 PM 10/12/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - Dog and Pet Walk! Dog- and pet-friendly for Greyhound! Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing

Monday, October 14, 2019

9:00 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. $25 per person. Ages 10 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/14/2019 9:00:00 AM 10/14/2019 12:00:00 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. $25 per person. Ages 10 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Monday, October 14, 2019

2:00 PM

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 on their vehicle).Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Age 16 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/14/2019 2:00:00 PM 10/14/2019 4:00:00 PM 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 on their vehicle).Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Age 16 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, October 18, 2019

7:00 PM

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. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/18/2019 7:00:00 PM 10/18/2019 9:00:00 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. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Burton Island Trail

Saturday, October 19, 2019

10:00 AM

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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/19/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Hike Burton Island Trail 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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Thompson Island

Saturday, October 19, 2019

1:00 PM

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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/19/2019 1:00:00 PM 10/19/2019 2:00:00 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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Sunday, October 20, 2019

10:00 AM

Make a simple sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection.Pre-registration required. $15 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/20/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/20/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make a simple sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection.Pre-registration required. $15 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sunset Bridge Walk

Friday, October 25, 2019

4:00 PM

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.Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991

Add to Calendar 10/25/2019 4:00:00 PM 10/25/2019 5:00:00 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.Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour

Friday, October 25, 2019

7:00 PM

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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/25/2019 7:00:00 PM 10/25/2019 9:00:00 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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Witch Weekend: Lantern Tour

Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:00 PM

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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/26/2019 7:00:00 PM 10/26/2019 8:00:00 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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Forgotten Stories of the Sand

Sunday, October 27, 2019

10:00 AM

People have been visiting the beaches at our park for decades, but there’s more than crowds of beach-goers turning up at the shore. Just what is the story behind the rusty nails and washers, the pieces of sea glass, the copper coins that people have found? Come learn how archaeology helps us uncover and preserve the past, discover the stories behind these artifacts, and get hands-on with the uncovered items.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 10/27/2019 10:00:00 AM 10/27/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Forgotten Stories of the Sand People have been visiting the beaches at our park for decades, but there’s more than crowds of beach-goers turning up at the shore. Just what is the story behind the rusty nails and washers, the pieces of sea glass, the copper coins that people have found? Come learn how archaeology helps us uncover and preserve the past, discover the stories behind these artifacts, and get hands-on with the uncovered items.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Forgotten Stories of the Sand

Saturday, November 2, 2019

10:00 AM

People have been visiting the beaches at our park for decades, but there’s more than crowds of beach-goers turning up at the shore. Just what is the story behind the rusty nails and washers, the pieces of sea glass, the copper coins that people have found? Come learn how archaeology helps us uncover and preserve the past, discover the stories behind these artifacts, and get hands-on with the uncovered items.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/2/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Forgotten Stories of the Sand People have been visiting the beaches at our park for decades, but there’s more than crowds of beach-goers turning up at the shore. Just what is the story behind the rusty nails and washers, the pieces of sea glass, the copper coins that people have found? Come learn how archaeology helps us uncover and preserve the past, discover the stories behind these artifacts, and get hands-on with the uncovered items.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Burton Island Trail

Saturday, November 2, 2019

1:00 PM

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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/2/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/2/2019 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Burton Island Trail 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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Featured Program: Hike the Sea Hawk Trail: Holts Landing

Saturday, November 9, 2019

1:00 PM

Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. Pre-registration required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/9/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Hike the Sea Hawk Trail Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds. Pre-registration required. $5 per person Holts Landing State Park

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail

Saturday, November 9, 2019

1:00 PM

Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/9/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/9/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail Join a park naturalist at Holts Landing State Park to hike this 1.7-mile trail. Along the way, learn about the history of this unique park and find out about the Inland Bays and Assawoman Canal. Looks for birds and search for wildlife in the meadow, forest and fresh water ponds.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sun, Moon, and Bridge

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

4:30 PM

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.No pre-registration requiredFree. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/12/2019 4:30:00 PM 11/12/2019 5:30:00 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.No pre-registration requiredFree. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, November 15, 2019

7:00 PM

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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/15/2019 7:00:00 PM 11/15/2019 9:00:00 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 requiredCost: $10 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike Thompson Island

Saturday, November 16, 2019

10:00 AM

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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/16/2019 11:00:00 AM 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. $5 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1:00 PM

Make a simple sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection.Pre-registration required. $15 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/16/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make a simple sea glass pendant using a few basic wire-wrap techniques. Bring your own piece of sea glass or choose from our collection.Pre-registration required. $15 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Mollusk Meet-Up

Saturday, November 23, 2019

10:00 AM

Discover what a squid and clam have in common and why they’re so closely related in the animal kingdom. A park naturalist will guide participants through a dissection to learn about the anatomy of these vital coastal creatures.Pre-registration required. $8 per person (including adults). Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/23/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Mollusk Meet-Up Discover what a squid and clam have in common and why they’re so closely related in the animal kingdom. A park naturalist will guide participants through a dissection to learn about the anatomy of these vital coastal creatures.Pre-registration required. $8 per person (including adults). Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Family Museum Tour

Saturday, November 23, 2019

1:00 PM

Explore the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum during this interactive tour and learn about some of the heroic rescues that occurred close to our shore.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/23/2019 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Family Museum Tour Explore the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum during this interactive tour and learn about some of the heroic rescues that occurred close to our shore.Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Ages 8 and up. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park

Sunset Bridge Walk

Saturday, November 23, 2019

4:00 PM

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.Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 4:00:00 PM 11/23/2019 5:00:00 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.Pre-registration required. $6 per person. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information Delaware Seashore State Park