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Delaware Seashore State Park


Dine Out and Save the Tower!

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation has teamed up with Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach to help restore Tower 3 at Tower Road Ocean in Delaware Seashore State Park! From September 1 to 30, dine at Iron Hill, present your coupon, and Iron Hill will donate 20% of your food bill (excluding alcoholic beverages, gratuity, and taxes) to the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation. They will also be releasing a “Lookout Lemon Drop” Pale Ale and a “Tower Turkey” Chili, and $1 from every pint of beer and $2 from every cup of chili will go towards the restoration, which will include much-needed repairs and opening the tower to the public.

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Park History

Transportation along this barrier island, bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, was difficult until the Federal government completed construction of two large steel and stone jetties in 1939, stabilizing the Indian River Inlet. The State Park Commission (now the Division of Parks and Recreation) began managing the land as Indian River State Park in 1965, but it didn't become Delaware Seashore State Park until 1967.

Featured Program: Meteor Shower Stargazing - CANCELLED

Earth Day doesn’t have to end at sunset! Join a park naturalist after dark to identify some simple constellations as you view the Lyrids meteor shower. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Program will not be held in rain or cloudy conditions. Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM

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Add to Calendar 4/22/2020 8:00:00 PM 4/22/2020 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Meteor Shower Stargazing - CANCELLED Earth Day doesn’t have to end at sunset! Join a park naturalist after dark to identify some simple constellations as you view the Lyrids meteor shower. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Program will not be held in rain or cloudy conditions. Delaware Seashore State Park


Swimming, Surfing Sunbathing

Two ocean swimming areas, patrolled by lifeguards from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the summer season, feature modern bathhouses with showers, changing rooms and concession stands. The beach just north of the Inlet is one of the few surfing areas within the park. Mobi-Mat equipment, consisting of three 30-foot mats allowing those in wheelchairs and power chairs to access the beach from the boardwalk, is also available at the Towers Ocean and South Inlet locations.

Camping at the Beach

Two campgrounds, one on each side of the Indian River Inlet, accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles. North Inlet campsites feature three-point hookups (electricity, water, and sewer service), with three-point hookups (electric, water and sewer) and Standard (no hookups) sites, and tent sites available at the South Inlet campground.

Two campgrounds, one on each side of the Indian River Inlet, accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles. North Inlet campsites feature three-point hookups (electricity, water, and sewer service), with three-point hookups (electric, water and sewer) and Standard (no hookups) sites, and tent sites available at the South Inlet campground. Get info about camping at Delaware Seashore.

Indian River Marina

Anglers may try their luck along the banks of the Indian River Inlet or on the ocean beaches, and head boats and charter boats launch out of the full-service Indian River Marina, offering wet slips, fuel docks, boat storage, supplies and more. Visit our Indian River Marina page for hours and information.

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

Built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, the full-restored station today features maritime exhibits and historic reenactors who periodically demonstrate turn-of-the-century techniques to rescue sailing ships in distress. Includes a gift shop offering unique coastal and maritime merchandise. Visit our Indian River Life-Saving Station page for hours and information.

Fishing, Clamming and Crabbing

A special access pier at the Indian Inlet allows the elderly and people with disabilities to get close to the fishing action. Clamming and crabbing are permitted in some sections of the bays; please check with the Park Office for open areas. Marked dune crossings allow surf-fishing access for four-wheel drive vehicles on the beach (permits required). Permits are also required for fishing, clamming and crabbing. Click for information about surf fishing permits and fishing licenses. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and apple products.

Dining

Located at the South Inlet Day Use Area at Delaware Seashore State Park, Big Chill Beach Club is an oceanfront restaurant and event tent featuring an umbrella deck with breath-taking 360° views of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet, and Indian River Bay. The Big Chill Beach Club features casual beach fare from breakfast to dinner, full-service cocktails, wine and beer, an oyster bar and Umbrella Bar, fire pit and hang-out game area, beach amenities for the beach-goers, and catered events for up to 200 people. Open daily April to October, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A park entry fee is charged March through November.

Bury your toes in the sand tableside at Hammerheads Dockside at the Indian River Marina! This full-service outdoor restaurant offers a fresh, vibrant menu with terrific views of the marina. Features include live music, a full-service bar, free parking, and complementary dockage for boaters (subject to availability). Open daily at 7 a.m. during the summer.

Outdoor Recreation

Hikers and bikers beat the heat on a cool stretch of the Fred Hudson Trail

The shallow bays are perfect for windsurfing and sailing. A non- motorized boat launch provides access for sail boards, kayaks, and boats in the New Road area.

Six different family-friendly trails showcase a variety of habitats for hikers, bikers, or horseback riders, and entertaining and informative programs, such as bay seining and marsh hikes, are held throughout the summer. The park hosts a popular Sandcastle Contest each July, where amateur participants create unique sculptures and castles to compete for prizes.

Nature Preserves at Delaware Seashore State Park

  • Burton Island Nature Preserve – A short pedestrian-only loop trail winds through several different habitats in its compact area, from salt marsh to upland forest. This variety in the landscape also attracts a large variety of birds, from water and wading birds to migrating songbirds. The trail is best enjoyed during the fall, winter and spring seasons; insect repellent is recommended during warm weather.

  • Thompson Island Nature Preserve – The mature coastal forest of Thompson Island has seen thousands of years of human occupation. Today, hikers can take an out-and-back trail through a mature upland hardwood and conifer forest before ending at a scenic overlook near the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. The trail's crushed stone surface is accessible. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the trail or in the preserve.

Upcoming Events

Hike Burton Island - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 4, 2020

10:00 AM

This hike will explore the 1-mile loop trail around Burton Island. A park naturalist will point out various forms of wildlife as we walk through marsh, forest, and sandy habitats. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE

Add to Calendar 4/4/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/4/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Hike Burton Island - CANCELLED This hike will explore the 1-mile loop trail around Burton Island. A park naturalist will point out various forms of wildlife as we walk through marsh, forest, and sandy habitats. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 4, 2020

2:00 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person

Add to Calendar 4/4/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/4/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Thompson Island Nature Preserve: Guided Hike & Brewery Tour - CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

7:30 PM

Hike 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. Then join staff from the Thompson Island Brewing Company for a brewery tour and receive a discount voucher to the restaurant. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 4/8/2020 7:30:00 PM 4/8/2020 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Thompson Island Nature Preserve: Guided Hike & Brewery Tour - CANCELLED Hike 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. Then join staff from the Thompson Island Brewing Company for a brewery tour and receive a discount voucher to the restaurant. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Bonfire - CANCELLED

Friday, April 10, 2020

8:00 PM

Bring the whole family and enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach! Park staff will provide the fire, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Bring a beach chair or picnic blanket. Meet on the North Inlet beachCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE

Add to Calendar 4/10/2020 8:00:00 PM 4/10/2020 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Beach Bonfire - CANCELLED Bring the whole family and enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach! Park staff will provide the fire, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Bring a beach chair or picnic blanket. Meet on the North Inlet beachCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 11, 2020

9:00 AM

Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 4/11/2020 9:00:00 AM 4/11/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 11, 2020

2:00 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person

Add to Calendar 4/11/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/11/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Driving Through Hidden History - CANCELLED

Friday, April 17, 2020

3:00 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. Hop on the state park bus to visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 4/17/2020 3:00:00 PM 4/17/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Driving Through Hidden History - CANCELLED 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. Hop on the state park bus to visit some iconic sights in the park, as well as some lesser-known areas, and discover the hidden history of Delaware Seashore State Park. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour - CANCELLED

Friday, April 17, 2020

7:00 PM

Enjoy a unique, guided tour of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast, and then venture over the dune to patrol the beach and listen to tales from the station'€™s logbooks. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 4/17/2020 7:00:00 PM 4/17/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Lantern Tour - CANCELLED Enjoy a unique, guided tour of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast, and then venture over the dune to patrol the beach and listen to tales from the station'€™s logbooks. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991. $10 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Squid Dissection: From Pen to Ink! - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 18, 2020

10:00 AM

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. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 6 and up. $6 per person (including adults)

Add to Calendar 4/18/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/18/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Squid Dissection: From Pen to Ink! - CANCELLED 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. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 6 and up. $6 per person (including adults) Delaware Seashore State Park

Osprey Watch - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 18, 2020

2:00 PM

Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites, and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the Savages Ditch picnic pavilionCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsFREE

Add to Calendar 4/18/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/18/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Osprey Watch - CANCELLED Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites, and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the Savages Ditch picnic pavilionCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Earth Day: Bay Side Clean-Ups - CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:00 AM

Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Join park staff in picking up litter all along the bayside of the park. Clean-ups will take place at different bayside locations throughout the day. Participate in the clean-up to receive a FREE program voucher to our Meteor Shower Stargazing event that same night at 8 p.m.!Bring your own trash bag; weather dependent event. Call (302)-227-6991 for more details!No-registration necessaryFREE

Add to Calendar 4/22/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/22/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Earth Day: Bay Side Clean-Ups - CANCELLED Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Join park staff in picking up litter all along the bayside of the park. Clean-ups will take place at different bayside locations throughout the day. Participate in the clean-up to receive a FREE program voucher to our Meteor Shower Stargazing event that same night at 8 p.m.!Bring your own trash bag; weather dependent event. Call (302)-227-6991 for more details!No-registration necessaryFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Osprey Watch - CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2:00 PM

Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites, and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the Savages Ditch picnic pavilionCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsFREE

Add to Calendar 4/22/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/22/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Osprey Watch - CANCELLED Delaware’s Inland Bays have the state’s largest concentration of this important raptor. Learn how to identify these “fish hawks”, how they fish, preferred nesting sites, and how they care for their young. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the Savages Ditch picnic pavilionCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Featured Program: Meteor Shower Stargazing - CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

8:00 PM

Earth Day doesn'€™t have to end at sunset! Join a park naturalist after dark to identify some simple constellations as you view the Lyrids meteor shower. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Program will not be held in rain or cloudy conditions. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person (receive a free voucher by attending one of our Earth Day clean-ups!)

Add to Calendar 4/22/2020 8:00:00 PM 4/22/2020 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Meteor Shower Stargazing - CANCELLED Earth Day doesn'€™t have to end at sunset! Join a park naturalist after dark to identify some simple constellations as you view the Lyrids meteor shower. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Program will not be held in rain or cloudy conditions. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person (receive a free voucher by attending one of our Earth Day clean-ups!) Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED

Friday, April 24, 2020

9:00 AM

Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 4/24/2020 9:00:00 AM 4/24/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED

Friday, April 24, 2020

2:00 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person

Add to Calendar 4/24/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/24/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 25, 2020

8:00 AM

Hike the Indian River Inlet bridge with a park historian and learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet over the years as you take in the views of the Atlantic ocean and Indian River Bay. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 8:00:00 AM 4/25/2020 8:30:00 AM America/New_York Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge - CANCELLED Hike the Indian River Inlet bridge with a park historian and learn about the dynamic forces that have shaped the inlet over the last 200 years. Find out about the bridges that have spanned the inlet over the years as you take in the views of the Atlantic ocean and Indian River Bay. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $6 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 25, 2020

10:00 AM

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/25/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED: Holts Landing

Saturday, April 25, 2020

10:00 AM

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/25/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE Holts Landing State Park

Upcycling Craft - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 25, 2020

2:00 PM

Use discarded wood from old park picnic tables and beach boardwalks to create a beautiful, rustic planter for your home. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 16 and up. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 2:00:00 PM 4/25/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Upcycling Craft - CANCELLED Use discarded wood from old park picnic tables and beach boardwalks to create a beautiful, rustic planter for your home. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 16 and up. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Bonfire - CANCELLED

Friday, May 1, 2020

8:00 PM

Bring the whole family and enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach! Park staff will provide the fire, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Bring a beach chair or picnic blanket. Meet on the North Inlet beachCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE

Add to Calendar 5/1/2020 8:00:00 PM 5/1/2020 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Beach Bonfire - CANCELLED Bring the whole family and enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach! Park staff will provide the fire, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Bring a beach chair or picnic blanket. Meet on the North Inlet beachCall (302)-227-6991 for more informationFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Dip Nets and Cast Nets - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 2, 2020

10:00 AM

Explore Rehoboth Bay and surrounding marshes like never before! Park staff will use a cast net and hand-held dip nets to collect and identify a variety of marine life. Closed-toe shoes are required to walk through ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 5 and up. $4 per person

Add to Calendar 5/2/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/2/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Dip Nets and Cast Nets - CANCELLED Explore Rehoboth Bay and surrounding marshes like never before! Park staff will use a cast net and hand-held dip nets to collect and identify a variety of marine life. Closed-toe shoes are required to walk through ankle-deep water. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 5 and up. $4 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Thompson Island Nature Preserve: Guided Hike & Brewery Tour - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 2, 2020

11:00 AM

Hike 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. Then join staff from the Thompson Island Brewing Company for a brewery tour and receive a discount voucher to the restaurant. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 5/2/2020 11:00:00 AM 5/2/2020 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Thompson Island Nature Preserve: Guided Hike & Brewery Tour - CANCELLED Hike 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. Then join staff from the Thompson Island Brewing Company for a brewery tour and receive a discount voucher to the restaurant. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $5 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 2, 2020

2:00 PM

Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person

Add to Calendar 5/2/2020 2:00:00 PM 5/2/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Beach Driving Clinic - CANCELLED Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. $8 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 9, 2020

9:00 AM

Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/9/2020 9:00:00 AM 5/9/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Surf Fishing - CANCELLED Always wanted to try surf fishing but weren'€™t sure how to get started? Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 10+. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Upcycling Craft - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 9, 2020

6:30 PM

Use discarded wood from old park picnic tables and beach boardwalks to create a beautiful, rustic sign for your home. Meet at Big Chill Beach Club event space. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 16 and up. $25 per person

Add to Calendar 5/9/2020 6:30:00 PM 5/9/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Upcycling Craft - CANCELLED Use discarded wood from old park picnic tables and beach boardwalks to create a beautiful, rustic sign for your home. Meet at Big Chill Beach Club event space. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 16 and up. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Savoring Our Coastal Heritage - CANCELLED

Friday, May 15, 2020

6:00 PM

Tour the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station, one of the oldest oceanfront buildings along Delaware's coast, and learn about the surfmen that served at the station and the heroic rescues they performed. Then sit down to a locally-sourced dining experience, with a menu inspired by what the surfmen may have been eating around the turn-of-the-century. Menu may include anything from steamed clams to venison stew! Top off the evening with a lantern tour of local shipwreck tales, full of tragedy and mystery. Pre-registration required by Thursday, May 7Call (302)-227-6991 for more informationCost: Market price

Add to Calendar 5/15/2020 6:00:00 PM 5/15/2020 10:00:00 PM America/New_York Savoring Our Coastal Heritage - CANCELLED Tour the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station, one of the oldest oceanfront buildings along Delaware's coast, and learn about the surfmen that served at the station and the heroic rescues they performed. Then sit down to a locally-sourced dining experience, with a menu inspired by what the surfmen may have been eating around the turn-of-the-century. Menu may include anything from steamed clams to venison stew! Top off the evening with a lantern tour of local shipwreck tales, full of tragedy and mystery. Pre-registration required by Thursday, May 7Call (302)-227-6991 for more informationCost: Market price Delaware Seashore State Park

Paddle through Hidden History: The Assawoman Canal

Friday, May 22, 2020

9:30 AM

The Assawoman canal is a little-known waterway that was dug in the late 19th century to allow boat traffic to travel from Indian River Bay to Little Assawoman Bay, without the need to enter the ocean. It was also the primary means of traveling to Bethany Beach in the early 20th century. Explore this waterway via kayak, along with a park naturalist and a park historian, to learn about its importance in Delaware’s history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Previous paddling experience recommended. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsAges 13 and up$35 per person

Add to Calendar 5/22/2020 9:30:00 AM 5/22/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Paddle through Hidden History: The Assawoman Canal The Assawoman canal is a little-known waterway that was dug in the late 19th century to allow boat traffic to travel from Indian River Bay to Little Assawoman Bay, without the need to enter the ocean. It was also the primary means of traveling to Bethany Beach in the early 20th century. Explore this waterway via kayak, along with a park naturalist and a park historian, to learn about its importance in Delaware’s history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Previous paddling experience recommended. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsAges 13 and up$35 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Terrapin Talk

Saturday, May 23, 2020

10:00 AM

Right around Memorial Day Weekend, right when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival! Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving StationCall (302)-227-6991 for detailsFREE

Add to Calendar 5/23/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/23/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Terrapin Talk Right around Memorial Day Weekend, right when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival! Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving StationCall (302)-227-6991 for detailsFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

Featured Program: Brown Box Theatre presents: Mox Nox or Soon Comes The Night: Holts Landing

Thursday, May 28, 2020

8:00 PM

At Holts Landing State Park In a world of magical realism and rising water, two sisters are reunited at their family home. Mira, the caretaker sister, had to weather her mother’s death alone, and holds every childhood slight so close that she is literally burning from the inside out, shedding ashes and embers, as her wife, Amanda attempts to soothe her. Sister Deedee has returned to bring her fiancée, Pike, to safety, even as her memory is vanishing faster and faster. In this slowly drowning world, everyone is searching for higher ground. The sisters battle to the end, one unable to forget, the other unable to remember. A play of lyrical magic and visual surprise, with characters who desperately need love and dry land. No tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. This program is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware State Parks.

Add to Calendar 5/28/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Brown Box Theatre presents: Mox Nox or Soon Comes The Night At Holts Landing State Park In a world of magical realism and rising water, two sisters are reunited at their family home. Mira, the caretaker sister, had to weather her mother’s death alone, and holds every childhood slight so close that she is literally burning from the inside out, shedding ashes and embers, as her wife, Amanda attempts to soothe her. Sister Deedee has returned to bring her fiancée, Pike, to safety, even as her memory is vanishing faster and faster. In this slowly drowning world, everyone is searching for higher ground. The sisters battle to the end, one unable to forget, the other unable to remember. A play of lyrical magic and visual surprise, with characters who desperately need love and dry land. No tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. This program is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware State Parks. Holts Landing State Park

Paddle through Hidden History: The Assawoman Canal

Friday, May 29, 2020

9:30 AM

The Assawoman canal is a little-known waterway that was dug in the late 19th century to allow boat traffic to travel from Indian River Bay to Little Assawoman Bay, without the need to enter the ocean. It was also the primary means of traveling to Bethany Beach in the early 20th century. Explore this waterway via kayak, along with a park naturalist and a park historian, to learn about its importance in Delaware’s history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Previous paddling experience recommended. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsAges 13 and up$35 per person

Add to Calendar 5/29/2020 9:30:00 AM 5/29/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Paddle through Hidden History: The Assawoman Canal The Assawoman canal is a little-known waterway that was dug in the late 19th century to allow boat traffic to travel from Indian River Bay to Little Assawoman Bay, without the need to enter the ocean. It was also the primary means of traveling to Bethany Beach in the early 20th century. Explore this waterway via kayak, along with a park naturalist and a park historian, to learn about its importance in Delaware’s history, and the role it plays in the coastal ecosystem. Previous paddling experience recommended. Pre-registration requiredCall (302)-227-6991 for more detailsAges 13 and up$35 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Day Camp for Grown-Ups

Saturday, May 30, 2020

9:00 AM

Feel like a kid at camp again, but without the counselors! Explore the park from the wild coastal landscapes to its newest amenities. Kick the day off with a kayak eco-tour through the marsh islands of Rehoboth Bay and see the only colony of nesting Laughing Gulls in the state! Head over to the Big Chill Beach Club for lunch, followed by a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Finally, check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of our park operations. Finish the day with happy hour at Hammerheads Dockside. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 21 and upPrice includes all activities, lunch, and a voucher for Hammerheads. $80 per person

Add to Calendar 5/30/2020 9:00:00 AM 5/30/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Day Camp for Grown-Ups Feel like a kid at camp again, but without the counselors! Explore the park from the wild coastal landscapes to its newest amenities. Kick the day off with a kayak eco-tour through the marsh islands of Rehoboth Bay and see the only colony of nesting Laughing Gulls in the state! Head over to the Big Chill Beach Club for lunch, followed by a guided hike over the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Finally, check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of our park operations. Finish the day with happy hour at Hammerheads Dockside. Pre-registration required. Call (302)-227-6991 for more information. Ages 21 and upPrice includes all activities, lunch, and a voucher for Hammerheads. $80 per person Delaware Seashore State Park

Terrapin Talk

Saturday, May 30, 2020

10:00 AM

Right around Memorial Day Weekend, right when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival! Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving StationCall (302)-227-6991 for detailsFREE

Add to Calendar 5/30/2020 10:00:00 AM 5/30/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Terrapin Talk Right around Memorial Day Weekend, right when traffic increases exponentially, Diamondback terrapins can be spotted all over the roads in our park. Learn what is being done to protect this brackish water turtle and what you can do to help ensure its survival! Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving StationCall (302)-227-6991 for detailsFREE Delaware Seashore State Park

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