We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 23, 2014

We met at this museum for sea glass wire wrapping classes and were met by very professional and friendly staff.

Thank WillJanetBa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (72)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

49 - 53 of 72 reviews

Reviewed June 9, 2014

Just imagine patrolling the beach during the worst storms looking for endangered ships, and if you found one you would row out with your crew to try to pull the people and their goods to safety. Dangerous. This is how the men of the Indian River Life-Saving Station lived prior to the forming of the Coast Guard. They were in an isolated spot, far from the community and their families. So impressive. The museum was fascinating. When there, take a walk onto the beach. It's far from the boardwalk and shops and is beautiful.

1  Thank FamilyofFour_10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This little museum is quite fascinating and sits right on the water. It offers an excellent picture of how rescues were done many years ago. The park also offers many activities for all ages both on land and water throughout the year. This is a hidden little treasure and is well worth a trip.

1  Thank Carolyn F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Kite making 1 hour class was fantastic for children. We had a great hand on learning experience about kites and kite safety. Will be back for another class no doubt! 2 thumbs up!

1  Thank Rachel R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Lifesaving Service was the precursor to our modern day Coast Guard and the tales of the men who served (and the women who supported them) are incredible, to say the least!

My husband was a tour guide/docent there, before it was taken over by the state. He headed the U.S. Coast Guard HQ Photo Team, for many years and worked closely with their historian, so he knew an incredible amount about its history. Sadly, he was replaced by volunteers, who were young and well-meaning, but didn't have the wealth of knowledge he possesses.
Too bad the state didn't realize what it had!

It's still worth a visit, though, because this is a part of our history that few of us know about and really should!! And this should also motivate visitors to get to know more about the present day Coast Guard - an incredible military/humanitarian service, for SO many reasons!

1  Thank Marilyn P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Laura S, Manager at Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2014

Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much for the positive review! It sounds like you are just as passionate as we are about the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the brave men that protected our coast.

I can assure you that the Indian River Life-Saving Station is in GREAT hands as it is managed and maintained by Delaware State Parks. You are correct in that there was a window of time when there were several Americorps volunteers leading programs and furthering historical research. The work that they contributed and the projects that they completed over the years is tremendous, invaluable, and greatly appreciated!

Our staff members, myself included, are dedicated to effectively interpreting the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service for park visitors. We work closely with the U.S. Coast Gaurd Historian's office, the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, other Life-Saving Station museums, even active Goast Guardsmen! We have also furthered research on the station and the surfmen by visiting both National and State Archives.

One of our "signature" interpretive programs is the Breeches Buoy Demonstration. This program is a reenactment of the Beach Apparatus Drill that the surfmen performed on a weekly basis. We perform the whole drill, following the USLSS regulations from start to finish - we even fire the Lyle gun! This program began just a few years ago and was a collaboration between State Park staff, Americorps volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard. We are one of only three locations in the country that do this demonstration and I invite you to come out this summer and see it for yourself!

Again, thank you so much for the positive feedback and please come back and see us!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park also viewed

 

Been to Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing