Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park

When it comes to fun on the water, this is one Delaware destination that has it all. On its eastern side, Delaware Seashore State Park has 6 miles of ocean coastline and dunes, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, fishing or just chilling out. Right across the Coastal Highway to the west, the park faces Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, both beloved by boaters and both great spots for all types of watersports, from paddleboarding to jet-skiing to water-skiing.

On the ocean side of the 2,825-acre park, the two guarded swimming areas feature modern bathhouses with showers, changing rooms, snacks and beach-gear rental. Anglers love the park for its drive-on surf-fishing beaches (permit required), and also find plenty of good catches along the banks of the Indian River Inlet. The park’s Indian River Marina offers many services for boaters.

Just north of the Indian River Inlet on the ocean side, the park has one of the few designated areas in the state for surfing. On the bayside, windsurfing and sailing (as well as crabbing and clamming) are popular pursuits. 

Away from the water, the action continues: Two picnic pavilions are available for family cookouts, and special programs, such as bay seining and marsh hikes, are held throughout the summer. In July, be sure to check out the popular Sandcastle Contest, where amateur contestants work their artful skills in sand.

There’s so much to do at Delaware Seashore State Park that many visitors choose to stay throughout their trip, settling in at the recently updated camping areas near the Inlet, or reserving one of the Cottages at Indian River Marina, located on the north shore of the Indian River Inlet.

Travel Advisory: As Delaware reopens, it is important to plan ahead and adhere to safety precautions. By planning ahead, it is suggested to travel in non-peak times to help ensure social distancing. Weekdays or the fall season are ideal times to visit the beaches.

Face coverings are required in public places including outdoors, boardwalk areas and highly suggested on the beach. Strict social distancing of 6ft between anyone outside a family unit must be maintained. Please remember to stay home if you are sick. Delaware will always be here to discover later.

Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. If you're staying overnight, locations are following enhanced safety and disinfecting protocol. Common areas such as; lobby, dining, etc. will be at 60% capacity. It is important to remember that gatherings should be limited even in vacation rentals. Strict social distancing of 6ft between anyone outside a family unit must be maintained. 

If you have questions, please complete this form and the Delaware Discovery Advisors can help you plan a getaway with suggestions on what’s open and details on how to Summer Safely. View the go-to guide for more information on travel planning during COVID-19.

If you’re traveling it is highly suggested by the CDC that individuals should be tested for COVID-19 upon returning home and quarantine pending the results of the test. If you are aware of coming into contact with COVID-19 here is information testing in Delaware https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.

For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.