Delaware Seashore State Park RV & Campground Guide

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Delaware Seashore State Park

is one of the most popular destinations on the shore, and in the state itself! Millions of visitors take to the shore each year for nature experiences such as hiking and bicycling, plenty of water activities and much more. The park covers 2,825 acres surrounded by water, which offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth and Indian River Bays.

Delaware Seashore State Park also has plenty of history! The Indian River Life-Saving Station was a historic station built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service to respond to shipwrecks along the coast. Not in use today, it’s been restored to its 1905 appearance, and offers tours and year-round programming. Read on to learn more about what makes this state park so unique and worth a visit this year. 

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Weather
Spring 51-73 F
Summer 65-87 F
Fall 45-68 F
Winter 24-43 F
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Nearby Cities
Dewey Beach, DE
Bethany Beach, DE
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Delaware Seashore State Park

Sometimes it’s great to camp out and sleep under the stars in a tent, but there’s nothing quite like glamping in a comfortable and stylish RV. Decided on an RV for your trip to the Delaware shore? Consider renting one from RVshare.com. At RVshare, you can pick out a completely custom rig that is perfect for both your family AND your budget. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

It’s easy to camp right on the grounds of Delaware Seashore State Park, too! Located within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, the campgrounds are popular for campers who want a beach camping experience.

The park has two campgrounds on each side of the Indian River Inlet. The North Inlet features three-point hookups and no hookup RV sites, and the South Inlet offers tent site camping. Bathhouses and laundry facilities are located on both campgrounds, and a camp store on the south side offers convenience items and souvenirs. The campsites can fill up quickly, though, so here are some of the best nearby RV parks and campgrounds:

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

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.

Outside Delaware Seashore State Park

Once you’ve explored all the park has to offer, there’s plenty more to do along the Delaware coast. The State Park is a stone’s throw from many other area beaches, and there are lots of nature activities to do in the area, plus great shopping, a boardwalk to explore, delicious food to enjoy and much more. 

Restaurants

The Delaware coast has wide-ranging food options, and plenty offer stunning views to boot. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing casual lunch with ocean views or some of the best foodie spots in the area, you can find it nearby the State Park. Here are some delicious places you should be sure to try.

Big Chill Beach Club

Located right within the Delaware Seashore State Park, The Big Chill Beach Club is the perfect place to relax and, well, chill! The oceanfront restaurant not only has delicious food, but stunning 360 degree views of the park, a roof deck with umbrella bar, live music and a daily sunset celebration. Enjoy fresh caught fish, tacos, burgers, salads and much more, plus a wide variety of signature drinks with the entire family.

Type: Seafood

Location: Bethany, DE

Eating Rehoboth

Consider yourself a foodie? Then Eating Rehoboth is the perfect activity for you! It’s a 3-hour walking tour of five of the best local eateries. At each stop guests enjoy an exclusive food tasting paired with wine, local beers or signature cocktails. Tour guides give insight into the local history and food scene, and there is the opportunity to interact with the chefs at each restaurant, thanks to behind the scene access!

Type: Varies by restaurant

Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Bethany Blues BBQ

Bourbon and Barbecue…need we say more? Bethany Blues BBQ has over 120 whiskeys and over 50 in a private stash collection, plus barbecue favorites such as Carolina-style barbecue, Texas-style beef brisket, St. Louis ribs and much more. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, has a kids menu, brunch and much more. 

Type: Barbecue

Location: Bethany, DE

Shopping

Tanger Outlets

Delaware offers tax-free shopping, and there’s no better place to take advantage of it than an outlet mall! Tanger Outlets offers three separate malls with name-brand and designer stores, all offering deep discounts on clothing, footwear, accessories and even housewares and toys.

Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Sightseeing

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Located just 30 minutes from the State Park, the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s also one of the top destinations for world-class bird watching. Visitors can see birds and wildlife such as whitetail deer, shorebirds, eagles, hawks, turtles, horseshoe crabs, black necked stilts, waterfowl and much more. For more information, click here.

Location: Smyrna, DE

Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park

Looking for some water fun, minus all the pesky sand? Try visiting Delaware’s largest water park, located just 10 minutes from the Delaware Seashore State Park. Jungle Jim’s offers a wave pool, kid’s spray ground, lazy river, giant water slides, an activity pool, kiddie pool and much more. For those that aren’t into water activities, you can partake in batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf and more.

Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk

When visiting the coast, there is never enough time spent by the water! The Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk is the city’s most famous attraction, and is a great evening activity. Stroll along the one-mile long boardwalk, complete with views of the ocean and beach, plus local shops, family activities and restaurants.

Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE

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How to Get to
Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park is located on Inlet Road in Rehoboth Beach, DE. For a map and directions, click here.

Entering Delaware Seashore State Park

There is a fee to enter the Delaware Seashore State Park, and that may apply when visiting the restaurants located within the park. Annual passes are also available.

Delaware residents : $5

Non-residents : $10

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!