Dover, Delaware is one of those small towns you’d drive by countless times and not think to visit. Most know Dover for its U.S. Air Force base, but the town’s offerings are not limited to that one attraction. We’ve gathered some of our favorite spots in Dover, so that next time you are trekking down I-95, you will know exactly where to stop.
- Dover Air Force Base and Air Mobility Command Museum
Activated during World War II, the Dover Air Force Base is one of the largest military freight terminals in the world and is home to the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings. The Air Mobility Command Museum dedicated to airlift and air-refueling history is the only one of its kind. According to Dover’s tourism director, Linda Parkowski, “Veterans and others who lived through past wars will love climbing aboard these original air force planes and looking over the uniforms and other artifacts.”
The Air Mobility Command Museum
- First State Heritage Park
“Fascinating stories and sites from the Revolutionary era can be found right here at the First State Heritage Park in Dover, where the Constitution was ratified and Caesar Rodney, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born,” Parkowski says of Delaware’s version of the National Mall. Obviously named after Delaware, this is the state’s first urban “park without boundaries,” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been Delaware’s capital since 1777. Some of Delaware’s most historical and impressive sites are located within walking distance of the park, which is also known as Capital Square and serves as the city center. Among the sites are Legislative Hall, The Old State House, The Woodburn and Hall House, and many of the city’s museums.
- The John Dickinson Plantation
John Dickinson was one of the founding fathers of the United States, signer of the Constitution, and “Penman of the Revolution.” He resided right here in Dover in what is now a museum called John Dickinson Plantation. Go back in time to the Revolutionary Era with a visit to “Dickinson’s original 1740 brick home and see how the ‘Penman of the Revolution’ lived his life.”
- Dover Downs This first class Hotel & Casino is one of Dover’s prime attractions. Whether you’re a gamer or just looking for a good meal, Dover Downs has something for everyone. They offer a wide array of entertainment including horse races, concerts, a spa, and of course fabulous dining, accommodations, and casino.
Dover International Speedway
- Dover International Speedway
The action doesn’t stop at Dover Downs. “The two annual NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway bring the equivalent of a Super Bowl to Dover each year,” according to Parkowski. It is known as one of the best tracks for the number one spectator sport in the U.S., making it the place to experience the NASCAR craze.
- Amish Countryside
You would never guess that just outside of this bustling town is a working Amish community. It really is like stepping back in time; enjoy the local shops and peaceful lifestyle of this unique American culture right in the country’s first state. If you’re lucky, you might see a horse and buggy driving through the center of Dover.
Be sure to contact the Delaware Tourism Office for help planning your next visit. Let us know what your favorite spots were with reviews on Dover’s town page and encourage Dover to vote in Best of the Road!