Delaware Seashore State Park

Sussex, Delaware

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Delaware Seashore State Park

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  • A couple sitting on a bench looking out over the inlet.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A path leading to a gazebo with views over the inlet.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A man walking along the edge of the inlet with a view of the bridge in the background.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A sign at the entrance to the north inlet beach dune crossing.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • The sun shining over the entrance to the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A large expanse of open beach and dune grass.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A man flying a kite with his family on the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Children playing in the surf at the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A woman walking her dog on the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A group of people looking for shells and bait in the surf.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Looking south from the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A horseshoe crab shell.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A couple cycles over the Charles W. Cullen Bridge.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • An elevated view of part of the 6-mile beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A surfer weighs his options at the dune crossing at the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • The visitors center, bar, and restaurant at the south inlet.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Dunes making way for a view of the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A gull flys overhead at the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Wide open beach with surf fishing from vehicles at the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A child plays in the surf at the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A man fishing into the Indian River Inlet.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A group of fisherman walks along the rocks at the edge of the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A woman walks over the dunes crossing at the south inlet.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A group of wildflowers at the north inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
  • A family walks their dog along the south inlet beach.- Delaware Seashore State Park
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Pros: 
Quiet beach. Fishing. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sussex, DE
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
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The Delaware Seashore State Park is a barrier island featuring an expansive 6 miles of undeveloped beach along the Delaware coastline that is perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, and more.

Being a barrier island, it is constantly shifting with the forces of the winds and currents. This made it difficult to maintain any sort of human presence on the island until 1939, when the two jetties were created, leading to a more or less static landscape. The Delaware Seashore State Park was created by the State Park Commission in 1965.

The park consists of two main parts, a north and south inlet, separated by the Indian River flowing out into the Atlantic Ocean. The two sections of the park are connected by a bicycle/walking path that will take you over the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, which can be seen towering in the background at almost any angle. Both parks can be reached from DE-1 and have plenty of parking.

One of the main attractions of the Delaware Seashore State Park is the fishing. With a Delaware fishing license, you can take advantage of the many fishing spots located along the Indian River inlet. With a special permit you can enjoy surf fishing, with or without a vehicle. With over 6 miles of shoreline, you're bound to find a spot to yourself.

The Atlantic Ocean offers great opportunities for swimming and surfing, as the water warms up to around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The beaches are patrolled by trained lifeguards from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Many facilities are available on-site in the South Inlet such as showers, changing rooms, a restaurant, and pavilion. Rafts, umbrellas, chairs, and other beach accessories can be rented as well. The campground is also a popular choice for those staying overnight.

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