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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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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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Small but full of Knowledge!!

My boys and I visited it today and it was small and perfect for children who need to keep moving while still learning by seeing. We learned so much and it was cool to walk through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Somers Point, New Jersey

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My boys and I visited it today and it was small and perfect for children who need to keep moving while still learning by seeing. We learned so much and it was cool to walk through the house and see how they lived. The woman behind the desk was very knowledgeable and full of information. They even had a phone... More 

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Trout Run, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Was a cool step back to the past. Definitely a must visit, kids will like the cannon they shoot off. It's a good side trip that doesn't take much time and is easy to get to.

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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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Address: Address: 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone Number: (302) 227-6991
Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Rehoboth Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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