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Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park

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Address: 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone Number: (302) 227-6991
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8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Description: The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is a historic site located...
The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is a historic site located within Delaware Seashore State Park. Self-guided tours of the museum are offered year round and provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the history of the United States Life-Saving Service, precursor to the current day U.S. Coast Guard.Not only is the Indian River Life-Saving Station open for tours, it also acts as the "hub" for all educational and recreational programs held within Delaware Seashore State Park. Programs cover a wide range of topics and activities from local maritime history to guided kayak tours.
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worth the drive

A museum of interest . Was the forerunner to todays US Coast Guard . Can be toured in less than an hour , and well worth the drive .

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A museum of interest . Was the forerunner to todays US Coast Guard . Can be toured in less than an hour , and well worth the drive .

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Baltimore, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Room was overcrowded, glue gun electric cords all over the place! The young lady leading the class was not very helpful at all! She basically said, "grab some shells, there's plenty of ribbon, and go to it!" She should of at least given a bow making talk! I have done floral arranging classes and went only to do a "girl... More 

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Laura S, Manager at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park, responded to this review

Hi Snowycat, thank you for your review! I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the wreath-making class but I very much appreciate your feedback. Every time we offer a program we learn something new and if we offer wreath-making in the future, we will be sure to include more instruction, alternative glues, and limit the class... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a nice museum for young children (6-10) . Interesting movie and sometimes they offer interesting lectures but they could offer more educational/interactive options. This is a state run facility that is small.

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Laura S, Manager at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park, responded to this review

Hi GoGoGram! Thank you for your review as I take our customer feedback very seriously. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the museum and I would encourage you to return during the "peak season" (mid-June through mid-August) as we offer a wide range of educational and interactive interpretive programs for all ages. If you want a sneak preview of... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A little bit chilly, but a interesting place to go. The station was built in 1876 and has some unique architecture. Many tools and pieces of equipment that were used by the crew in ship rescues. Personal items have been donated from family members who's ancestors served at the station. In the fall and winter you can get a idea... More 

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The life saving station has regular programs including hikes. On Saturday we took a hike with a guide to Thompson Island. Although I live nearby, I had never heard of Thompson Island. The guide, Margaret, was very knowledgeable about the island, the former Native American inhabitants, the salt marsh, and plants, trees. We had a great time and will definitely... More 

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Dagsboro, Delaware
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61 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Built in 1876 this is a restored original life saving station that was a precursor to the Coast Guard. The building contains furnishings and artifacts illustrating the hard times experienced by the brave "surfmen" who worked very hard during bad storms to rescue both sailors and cargo from foundering ships. The facility is part of the Delaware State park system... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We like the well restored facility and the tour, located on the Ocean, great parking, nice people, and a real nice gift shop.

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Lewes, Delaware
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a great little museum, perfect for family groups. Watch the video to get a good introduction and then tour the actual lifesaving station to learn more and get a feel for what life was actually like for the men who patrolled the beaches watching for ships in distress. This museum also offers some great programs (surf fishing lessons,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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284 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I thought this would be an interesting stop and maybe it was just a miscommunication with the person at the desk but what I left with was that I had to pay admission and couldn't access the beach at all in this area. This seemed like an interesting stop, with the life saving station and what I imagined was a... More 

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Laura S, Manager at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park, responded to this review

Hi there! I am so disappointed that you did not enjoy your visit! You are correct in that we do not allow public beach access at the Life-Saving Station. If you tour the museum, a walk on the beach is included in admission. I'm sorry if that was not communicated to you and I will double check with our staff... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Quick stop on rainy afternoon turned out to be real learning experience. Senior rate of $3 informational film...but..tour of original 1800plus structure was fascinating. Keepers room safety boat and all surroundings especially on windy wave rising day showed true bravery of these pre Coast Guard men.

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