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Indian River Life-Saving Station


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.

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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

Mollusk Meet-Up

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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 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

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 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

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 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

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Pet Walk

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Pet Walk 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. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Full Moon Hike

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Join a park naturalist for a moonlit hike on Burton Island Nature Preserve. Learn about the nocturnal creatures of the park as you listen for owls and view the moonlight reflecting off the bay. Pre-registration required $6 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join a park naturalist for a moonlit hike on Burton Island Nature Preserve. Learn about the nocturnal creatures of the park as you listen for owls and view the moonlight reflecting off the bay. Pre-registration required $6 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, December 20, 2019

Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Lantern Tour Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Thompson Island is a limited hike; spaces fill up quickly. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Thompson Island is a limited hike; spaces fill up quickly. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Pet Walk

Saturday, January 4, 2020

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. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Pet Walk 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. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Burton Island trail head. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Burton Island trail head. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Friday, January 17, 2020

Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Lantern Tour Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Saturday, January 18, 2020

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 $8 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar 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. 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 $8 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details. Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Thompson Island is a limited hike; spaces fill up quickly. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Thompson Island is a limited hike; spaces fill up quickly. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Sun, Moon, and Bridge

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet bridge just in time for sunset. Chat with a park interpreter while you wait for the moonrise (about 30 min after sunset) about the fascinating history of the inlet, park, and bridge. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Sun, Moon, and Bridge Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet bridge just in time for sunset. Chat with a park interpreter while you wait for the moonrise (about 30 min after sunset) about the fascinating history of the inlet, park, and bridge. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Burton Island trail head. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Burton Island trail head. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Driving Clinic

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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 $8 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar 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. 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 $8 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Lantern Tour

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Lantern Tour Enjoy a unique, guided tour by lantern light of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Learn what surfmen went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast then venture over the dune to patrol the beach while listening to local shipwreck tales. Pre-registration required $10 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at Fresh Pond Hickman Road entrance. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Sea Glass Jewelry 101

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Sea Glass Jewelry 101 Make your own beautiful 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 Ages 12 and up $15 per person Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Squid Dissection

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide a dissection and participants will get to see, first-hand, some of the squid’s unique adaptations for survival. Pre-registration required Limit 1 adult per child Ages 8+ $6 per child Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details

Add to Calendar America/New_York Squid Dissection Study one of the most specialized invertebrates of the sea! A park naturalist will guide a dissection and participants will get to see, first-hand, some of the squid’s unique adaptations for survival. Pre-registration required Limit 1 adult per child Ages 8+ $6 per child Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Lecture Series Get out of the house and spend your Tuesday evenings in January and February learning! Different topic every week Meet at the Indian River Marina Conference room; second floor. FREE No pre-registration necessary Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and the presenters of the week Delaware Seashore State Park

Winter Hike Series

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Hike Series Get out of the house this winter and stay active. Each week will feature a different trail at either Delaware Seashore or Holts Landing State Park. Meet at North Inlet Day Area. FREE Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information and details. Delaware Seashore State Park