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Delaware Seashore State Park is a lovely place, located at the meeting place of the Indian River Bay, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware Seashore State Park’s roughly 20 miles of seashore attract many who flock to beaches enjoy surfing, swimming, fishing, and more water-related fun.

Area: 2,825 acres

List of Outdoor Activities:

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Picnicking
  • Surf Fishing (Off-Road) Areas (license required)
  • Trails
  • Surfing
  • Ocean Swimming
  • Wind Surfing

List of Amenities:

  • Accessible Beach
  • Bait and Tackle Shop
  • Big Chill Beach Club
  • Boat Launch
  • Camp Store
  • Campgrounds
  • Day Use Areas
  • Dump Stations
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Food Concessions*
  • Indian River Marina:
  • Fuel Dock, Wet Slips, Boat Storage, Supply Store, Charters/Head Boat, Sewage Pump-Out, Transient Slips
  • Gift Shop
  • Hammerheads Dockside Restaurant
  • Hiking/Biking/Equestrian Trails
  • Indian River Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum
  • Meeting Space
  • Pet Areas
  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Surf Fishing (Off-Road) Areas (license required)
  • Umbrella Rentals*
  • Waterfront Cottages
  • Wedding and Reception Venues
  • Wheelchair Accessibility


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What are the park’s operating hours?
A: Open daily, from 8:00 AM to sunset (which varies every day)

Q: Seafood is the best, especially when it’s fresh! Any fishing spots in there?
A: Yes! A special access pier at the Indian Inlet allows the elderly and people with disabilities to get close to the fishing action. Clamming and crabbing are permitted in some sections of the bays.

Q: I don’t really like swimming much. Anything else to do on the beach?
A: Sand castles! Beaches naturally lend themselves to this classic pastime, but there’s more! The park hosts a popular Sandcastle Contest each July, where amateur participants create unique sculptures and castles to compete for prizes.

Q: Are there any campgrounds in the park?
A: Absolutely. Two campgrounds, one on each side of the Indian River Inlet, accommodate a variety of camping units, from tents to large recreational vehicles.

Q: All that makes me hungry. Any places to eat?
A: Located at the South Inlet Day Use Area at Delaware Seashore State Park, Big Chill Beach Club is an oceanfront restaurant and event tent featuring an umbrella deck with breath-taking 360° views of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet, and Indian River Bay.