Indian River Inlet Bridge

A bridge not-too-far.

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The Indian River Inlet Bridge (or Charles W. Cullen Bridge) is rarely listed as an attraction. For shame. Four lanes of traffic zoom over the cable-stayed structure that connects Dewey Beach to the north and Bethany Beach to the south. The 2,600’ long bridge has an overhead clearance of 45’ as it crosses the inlet between the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

What you may not notice as you zoom along is there’s a fifth lane on the east side that’s separated from the vehicles. It’s for pedestrians and bikers. The exciting part is walking on a bridge and the views, particularly at sunset. There’s a whole world under the bridge. Watch the tides coming in and out, the fishermen catching dinner, and seashell collectors gathering their treasures. Then, return at night to see the bridge lit bright blue, apparently to deter birds from flying into the structure. Either bike from where you’re staying or park at the Delaware Seashore State Park if you’re planning to walk.

At A Glance

Route 1
Bethany Beach Delaware 19971
24 hours


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