Delaware Seashore State Park RV & Campground Guide


Delaware Seashore State Park was created in 1965 and named in 1967. Its oldest building was constructed in 1876 and has been restored and converted into a museum. It’s conveniently sandwiched between Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, so it’s easy to reach. The park contains a marina, a nature preserve, a striking bridge, and a couple of restaurants. Of course, it’s also home to a beautiful beach that’s ideal for a wide variety of summertime activities. No matter what time of year you decide to visit Delaware Seashore State Park, you’ll get to see some of Delaware’s best beaches, marshes, sand dunes, and waters.

Nearby Cities:

  • Dewey Beach, DE

  • Bethany Beach, DE

  • Rehoboth Beach, DE

  • Ocean View, DE

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Spring 51-73 F
Summer 65-87 F
Fall 45-68 F
Winter 24-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Delaware Seashore State Park

Campground Accommodations

South Inlet Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 45 feet

  • Other amenities: Bathhouses, playground, seasonal camp store, wide roads, laundry facilities, level sites

North Inlet Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 45 feet

  • Other amenities: Laundry facilities, easy beach access, playground, picnic tables, spacious sites

Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground

Nestled on the shores of Assawoman Bay, a stone’s throw from Delaware Seashore State Park, Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground is a vacation setting that offers 1,000 campsites. Many of the campsites are located waterfront or on the bayside! Rates start at $79 a night, and there may be minimum stays.  

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: cable, pool, playground, bike rentals, lighted basketball court, horseshoes, cornhole, fishing and crabbing piers, paddle boats, fishing pole rental, bayside boat ramp

Massey’s Landing

Love to be nearby the water? We’ve found the campsite for you! Massey’s Landing campground is located on a secluded peninsula between Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, with plenty of amenities available as well, and something for everyone in the family to do! Massey’s Landing offers RV sites for both standard and larger pull-through rigs, cottages and safari tent camping. Rates start at $69 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: picnic tables, private beach, pool, shuttle service, bike rentals, playgrounds, water activities, on-site food and dining, dog walking service, dog park, bath houses, arcade and marketplace.

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What to Do at
Delaware Seashore State Park

The park’s 6 miles of Atlantic coastline are a huge draw here, so you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time on and in the water. Surprisingly, you can go surfing at Delaware Seashore State Park; the North Inlet Day Area beach is the place to go if you want to catch some waves. If you visit in July, you might be able to participate in the park’s Sandcastle Contest. If you want to take your horse out on some trails, you can go horseback riding on the park’s roads and designated equestrian trails. You should also explore the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, which is a restored maritime life-saving facility that now holds exhibits about the area's shipwreck history. If all of that exploration and recreation make you hungry, then you can dine at the Big Chill Beach Club and the Dockside Marina Bar & Grill, which are both on the park’s premises.

Between the Indian River Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll have plenty of options for various water activities. On land, you’ll be able to take advantage of family-friendly trails that are accessible to hikers, bikers, and riders.

Inside Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park isn’t one of the state’s most popular destinations for no reason! Beach lovers, history buffs, sightseers and much more will find an activity perfect for them at the state park. Some of the unique experiences and activities to partake in at the park include:

Water Activities – Swimming, surfing, sunbathing – whatever your favorite water activity is, it’s a must-do at Delaware Seashore State Park. The park offers two ocean swimming areas, which are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season from 9am – 5pm daily, and one of the few surfing areas within the park is just north of the Inlet. The swimming areas include modern bathhouses with showers, changing rooms and concession stands.

The Indian River Marina offers wet slips, fuel docks, boat storage, supplies and more. It’s also known for being one of the best fishing spots in the area! Head boats and charter boats launch out of the marina, and anglers can try their luck on the banks of the Inlet, on the beaches or from boats launching from the marina. A special access pier also allows the elderly and those with disabilities to get close to the fishing action!

Hiking and Nature Activities – Hikers, bike or horseback riders and more can enjoy six family-friendly trails, each showcasing a variety of habitats. This includes the Burton Island Nature Preserve Loop Trail (pedestrian only), which offers views of saltmarsh cordgrass and a variety of birds, and the Thompson Island Nature Preserve Linear Trail (pedestrian only), which features marsh and island views.

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum – History buffs will love visiting the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. The station was built in 1876 and used by the United States Lifesaving Service to respond to the high number of shipwrecks along the coast. It was the precursor to today’s U.S. Coast Guard, and the fully-restored station now features maritime exhibits and reenactments of turn-of-the-century techniques to rescue the distressed sailing ships.

Dining – The Delaware Seashore State Park features two restaurants where you can sit back, relax and enjoy not just great food but beautiful views, too! The Big Chill Beach Club is an oceanfront restaurant and event tent that offers 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet and Indian River Bay. The restaurant serves casual beach fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, full-service cocktails, wine and beer and also features an umbrella bar, fire pit and game area. It’s open daily from April to October from 8am-10pm, and a park entry fee is charged March through November.

Hammerheads Dockside at the Indian River Marina is also an outdoor restaurant with views of the marina. The restaurant offers a fresh menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus live music, a full-service bar, free parking and complimentary dockage for boats (if available). Hammerheads opens daily at 7am during the summer.

Fishing Fishing

The Indian River Inlet is a great place to drop a line; there’s even an accessible pier available for the elderly and the disabled. Clamming, crabbing, and surf-fishing are allowed for those who have permits. If you want to hire a fishing charter, then you can easily do so at Indian River Marina, which is also a stellar place to go fishing.

Geocaching Geocaching

There is a letterbox cache located in Delaware Seashore State Park. If you visit at the right time, you might be able to participate in a geocaching event.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Bird-watching is popular at Delaware Seashore State Park thanks to the presence of species like herons, pelicans, woodpeckers, falcons, and more. You can grab a copy of the Delaware Seashore State Park Birding Checklist online so you can keep track of the birds that you see on your visit.

Stargazing Stargazing

Delaware Seashore State Park is a nice place to go stargazing, especially if you want to do so with the sea in the background. It’s one of the eight darkest places in Delaware, so it has multiple great spots for looking up at the stars.

Flora and Fauna

One excellent way to see some of the park’s loveliest scenery is to head out on one of the park’s four water trails. From your canoe or kayak, you’ll be able to explore marshes, shorelines, and creeks that are home to crabs, terrapins, nesting birds, and more.

Hiking Hiking

Six trails are open to hikers at Delaware Seashore State Park. The Burton Island Nature Preserve Loop Trail and the Thompson Island Nature Preserve Linear Trail are only open to foot traffic while the other trails may be shared with bikers. To take self-guided digital tours of these trails, scan the QR codes posted at each trailhead.


The Indian River Marina offers wet slips and boating equipment for your boat. Boat ramps are available, so you can take your motorboat, sailboat, or kayak out onto the Atlantic with little fuss.

Swimming Swimming

Two designated swimming areas on the Atlantic Ocean feature patrolling lifeguards during summertime. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, you can sunbathe, stroll along the beach, play beach volleyball, and build sandcastles. Bathhouses, changing rooms, and concession stands are available nearby.


Most of the park’s six trails are open to bikers. One fabulous trail to check out is the Prickly Pear Trail, which is 8 feet wide and 3.5 miles long. This interesting trail will take you past the Fresh Pond and along the Indian River Bay.

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How to Get to
Delaware Seashore State Park

The entrance to Delaware Seashore State Park is right off State Route 1, so you can simply get on State Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach or Bethany Beach and drive about 10 minutes south or north, respectively.

Entering Delaware Seashore State Park

Day-use parking is available near the ocean. Other parking areas are located near the playground and both campgrounds. Delaware residents pay $5 to enter Delaware Seashore State Park; others pay $10.

Delaware Seashore State Park Delaware Residents : $5.0

Delaware Seashore State Park Non-residents : $10.0

Whether you’re ready for some beautiful hiking and bird watching, or plan to set up your beach chair and catch some rays, you’re going to have a blast at the Delaware Seashore State Park along the coast. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Delaware Seashore State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Delaware Seashore State Park?

Most people consider the summer months to be the best time to visit Delaware Seashore State Park since swimming, boating, surfing, and fishing are so popular. The weather between Memorial Day and Labor Day is lovely, so you’ll likely have great beach-going weather.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Delaware Seashore State Park?

Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at Delaware Seashore State Park, so you’ll likely see some shorebirds and songbirds on your visit. Sea turtles, dolphins, and fish abound in the coastal part of the park; inland, you might see deer, squirrels, and raccoons.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Delaware Seashore State Park?

South Inlet Campground has 237 RV campsites while North Inlet Campground has 88 RV campsites.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Delaware Seashore State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are not necessary to camp at Delaware Seashore State Park. You can make reservations up to one year in advance for as many as 14 days.

Are pets allowed at Delaware Seashore State Park?

Leashed pets are allowed in some parts of Delaware Seashore State Park. Nature trails, swimming beaches, and sunbathing beaches are off-limits to pets.