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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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Different visit for a rainy day

Fun for the younger kids. Very interesting to learn about the history of lifesaving. Our Wee One (4) got a little upset with the intro video (6 minutes) due to the discussions of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Fun for the younger kids. Very interesting to learn about the history of lifesaving. Our Wee One (4) got a little upset with the intro video (6 minutes) due to the discussions of people drowning. Reasonably priced, easy visit.

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Ocean View, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Take your time exploring this small museum that gives a glimpse into the unusual lives of the men who manned life-saving stations. It takes a good hour to do this thoughtfully. Enjoy the short video and when exploring the station take the time to read the letters and information on the walls in the men's quarters. The boat and breeches... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very informative information about the this particular Life Saving Station and the people that worked it. It will take about 30 max to good through the whole thing with a 6 minutes movie to start..

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent restoration of historic buildings. The staff is very helpful and friendly. I really enjoyed the breeches buoy demonstration which is held regularly through the summer.

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Springfield, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had picked a very rainy weekend to visit Rehoboth and found ourselves looking for things to do when we were unable to enjoy the beach. This small museum did not disappoint. It's been very nicely restored, and the audio tour that you can access using your phone is interesting and informative. We were very glad that we stopped to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Wow! Could not imagine that this little building was housing so much history. You take a self-guided tour by the use of your mobile phone. It is very reasonably priced at $4 adults and $2 for children. It takes about 1-1 1/2 hours.

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 43 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 27 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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