Just because the summer is coming to a close soon doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do at events offered by the Delaware Seashore State Park. Quite the contrary!
Events in September, October and even into November are fascinatingly diverse, and there’s much to choose from. Most of the programs have a small charge, typically from about $6 to $20, so it’s an affordable way to spend the day or a few hours. And bring the grandkids!
Here’s a sampling.
- Hike the Indian River Bridge: enjoy a guided hike across the Indian River inlet and learn about the bridge’s history and the important role the inlet plays.
- Dining Experience: Sit down to a meal full of surprises to learn how the surfmen who patrolled the beaches would have dined. It could be anything from oysters to duck or local seafood. ($125)
- Intro to Surf Fishing: learn proper casting techniques, what bait to use, how to identify fish and more. For beginners and experienced fishermen.
- Seaglass Jewelry: make a pendant while learning about basic wire techniques. Bring your own Seaglass, or choose from the park’s available samples. There’s also a separate Seaglass presentation during which you’ll learn the history of it, comb the beach for any, and make a keepsake magnet to take home.
- Hike Thompson Island: one-mile easy hike with an interpreter to learn about ecosystems of the bay while identifying wildlife.
- Full Moon Bridge Hike: take a guided tour of the Indian River bridge at night under the iconic lights, and watch the moon rise over the ocean.
- Lantern Tour: using authentic lanterns used by the surfmen at the Lifesaving Station, learn how they patrolled and more history.
- Crabbing 101: Ever wonder how to catch your own? This lesson on the bay will teach you how to lure and catch your own.
- Burton Island Full Moon Hike: Take a one-mile walk with a park interpreter over to Burton Island Preserve, located on the north side of the inlet.
- Wild Edibles of the Seashore: Beach plumbs, sea rockets, prickly pears and more. Learn about age old techniques for using these edibles.
- Morning Patrol: Experience what it was actually like to patrol the beaches. The night shift always ended with a group cup of coffee, which will be served following the patrol.
- Sea Hawk Trail at Holts Landing: go bayside, and take a guided trail hike with an interpreter while learning about how unique Holts Landing is.
- Owls: Predators of the Night: Enjoy a presentation about beloved owls – their habitat, diet and identification of species.
- Bike Fresh Pond: Bring your own bike to discover a little-known, and therefor pristine area of the state park. The five-mile trail is a combination of boardwalk, gravel and hard dirt.
- Sunday Drive: Spend the day ushered in the park’s passenger van to visit all seven of the park’s bayfront properties. Enjoy stunning and natural views.
- Nautical Knots: Learn how to make a variety of seaworthy knots, and take home your own frameable “knot board” to display at your beach home.
- Beach Driving Clinic: Yes, there is an art and technique to driving in the sand. Participants must have a surf fishing permit. Following an indoor presentation in the Lifesaving Station, follow the guides out to the beach to give it a try.
Online registration and pre-payment is expected for each class, and reservations must be made a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event. More information can be found on the state park’s web
site: Delaware State Parks/Seashore.
What a great way to entertain visitors and family while learning more about the precious, natural resources Delawareans are fortunate to have, right in our own backyard.
Pics from the website: Delaware State Parks