Slaughter Beach Delaware

"A Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary"

A Certified Wildlife Habitat Community

Visitor Information

We welcome you to our charming Town of Slaughter Beach founded in 1681. Here along with a nice diversity of human residents representing many states & countries you also will find a wide diversity of habitats & critters within. Some such as the Horseshoe Crab an ancient much revered creature of which we are also a sanctuary for. We ask that you respect not only the fragile habitat we lie within but the public facilities the residents of this small town make available for your comfort.

We encourage you to enjoy the peace, quiet, & beauty we gladly share with you. We remind you to leash your dogs, pick up after them, stay off the dunes, please leave nothing behind but your foot prints, & respect the rights of all!

It’s always a beautiful day on the Delaware Bay, especially here in Slaughter Beach! For large groups who plan on using the Public Pavilion please call the Town Office, (302) 424-7659, or email the Town, townofslaughterbeach@comcast.net in advance. Anyone wishing to rent the Memorial Vol. Fire Co. Hall, for a special occasion, can call (302) 535-3656 for additional information.

Seasonal Items of Interest:

  • April/May: Baby Diamondback Terrapin Hatchlings have been emerging and moving from bay side to the marsh. Keep an eye out as they cross the road. If you find one move it to the marsh side of the road.
  • May/June/July: Female Diamondback Terrapins will start nesting activity in the coming months. The females will leave the marsh and start looking for sandy areas to nest in. This means a dangerous crossing of Bay Ave. Please keep an eye out for them. If you find and move it, please make sure you send her in the direction she was going.
  • April/May/June: Shore Birds are returning. Please disturb them as little as possible, they have come a great distance to feed and fatten up before flying north to nest.
  • May/June/July/August: Horseshoe Crabs will be returning usually starting in May and lingering through August. The heaviest concentration is usually in late May through June. If you see one flipped on its back, just roll turn it over. Never pick it up by the tail and if you find a tagged one, please do not remove the tag and report the information following the directions on the tag. Volunteers are needed for the spawning survey, if your are interested see Bill or Rose at the S.B. Mini Mart.
  • September/October: Fall migration of the Shore Birds and Monarch Butterflies.