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

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Learn the history of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, the precursor to the current day U. S. Coast Guard, by visiting the original Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. Be swept back to a time where night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States. Located just 1.5 miles north of the Indian River Bridge, the site also hosts a unique nautically-themed gift shop that also serves as the park office for Delaware Seashore State Park!
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Where to stay in Rehoboth Beach

Many of the buildings near the coast and in the town center are hotels that house a surge of visitors every summer. A large number of the hotels are independently owned and offer sea views and beach access. Only a few economy options are located inland. Book a room early to ensure a spot at the hotel of your choice.
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  • This museum, if nothing else, will give you an appreciation of the people who used to man this station, their job, year round, was to head into the water for rescues...a mighty dangerous job but taken...  more »
  • We watched the six minute film in the visitor center first, which was very helpful in understanding the history of the USLSS. The station has been re-positioned and beautifully restored, down to the o...  more »
  • It is a bit small and out of the way. Most people don't even know that it exists. The guides are always informative and friendly. The place is good for pictures and history.  more »
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  • This is a restored beach house from the 1800's that housed a group of people who watched for ship wrecks. It's a fairly small museum but is restored very well with furnishings and items from the period. Very interesting. Requires maybe an hour or less. Nice little gift shop next door.
  • Very well furnished historical site. Be aware there is an entrance fee.
  • A fabulous experience. Very well laid out to illustrate "life" at the life-saving station. Highly recommend using the cell phone tool that they offer. Great for kids. Nice gift shop. My wife bought two lanterns. They show a short video that explains a lot. I had trouble hearing it. The staff could not have been friendlier.
  • Very speedy service for my surf fishing plate
  • Very informative place to stop if you have any questions about Delaware Shores