At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Delaware Seashore State Park stretches for six miles along the coast of Delaware. Visitors have direct beach access close to the two onsite campgrounds. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay on the west, water around this 2,825-acre park is plentiful. This means campers can look forward to miles of beaches to explore.

Warm weather activities abound here, including swimming and beach combing. Taking a dip in the water is fun and safe with lifeguards patrolling the two ocean swimming areas during the summer. You can even rent umbrellas and chairs right at the beach for convenience. If you are hoping to observe local wildlife, Thompson Island on Rehoboth Bay, offers an ideal spot to do so, and there are five hiking trails within the park as well.

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Delaware Seashore State Park in DE

Like many coastal campgrounds, the park gets quite busy during the height of the summer. Thankfully, many of The Dyrt campers have provided their secret tips and tricks to make your visit is as laid back as possible.

Avoid Camping During the Hottest Summer Months

Shade is minimal at Delaware Seashore State Park, which makes it quite hot for tent campers during the high heat of July and August. During these months, RV and van camping are the more comfortable options. If you don’t want to rent a van or RV, then there are also classic New England-style cottages for rent at the nearby Indian River Marina.

“The campground is a parking lot – tons of concrete and no shade. It’s not pleasant in mid-summer unless you’re camping in an RV with AC.” ~ Sarah C.

Access to Great Amenities

Electric, water, and sewer hookups are available at both campgrounds within Delaware Seashore State Park. You will also have access to bathrooms, beach umbrella rentals, two restaurants, and food concession stands. A park store is open during the day, just in case you forget something. It is strongly recommended that you buy your firewood here as well — to avoid bringing any pests into the park.

“The amenities at the campground are top-notch. Everything is very clean and close to the beach.” ~ Sam M.

The Park Employees Are Helpful

Many of The Dyrt campers who have stayed at Delaware Seashore State Park have commented on the park staff’s hospitality. The rangers, store clerks, and other professionals in the surrounding area have been helpful resources. You can even ask them for suggestions on where to go explore. When traveling, there are few resources better than a local.

“The camp store clerk was very friendly and helped us with all our needs.” ~ Bill F.

Explore the Coastal Landscape

The beach at the state park sprawls for six miles, providing plenty of space for the influx of visitors to comfortably enjoy the area’s activities. Between swimming and sunbathing, visitors can search the nearby tidal pools and discover native wildlife. When the current is just right, the Indian River Bay is also a great area for crabbing.

“The beach is large enough for all sorts of activities and I highly recommend exploring the tidal pools.” ~ Ryan F.

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Keep Space in Mind

The campsites at Delaware Seashore State Park are quite small. You won’t have much space to set up outdoor cooking gear or to do camping activities for the kids. Plan accordingly and you will be fine. Here are some of our tips on looking for the right campsite. If you are camping with a group, consider booking more than one campsite. With the beach close by, you can spend most of your time during the day there and the limited campsite space won’t be a bother.

“The campsites are very close to each other and there is limited room to set up outdoor cooking or anything else.” ~ Bill F.


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  • Katelyn Michaud

    Katelyn Michaud

    Katelyn Michaud is a freelance writer and healthcare consultant from Portland, Maine. She has traveled to over 40 countries and loves horseback riding, scuba diving, and hiking. Her happy place is in the mountains of Maine with her Australian Shepherd. Check out her blog, Diaries of a Wandering Lobster.