I was recently surprised with the variety of Things To Do In Dover Delaware! From history buffs to casinos to the air mobility command center and more, you will not be bored on your roadtrip to the Quaint Villages of DE! I was invited as a guest of Delaware’s Kent County Tourism, but all opinions and photos are my own.
I’m always a fan of visiting areas of our country that are exploding with both history and a modern art and food scene. Dover, DE is the perfect example of that with plenty of activities for the history buff and the shopper and foodies in your family!
1. Visit the Dover Air Mobility Command Museum
This was my 2nd visit to the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover and it never gets boring to me! From getting to tour and walk through some of the planes to hearing some of the background from the tour guides, it is easy to fill up a couple of hours!
My very favorite plane to tour is the cargo plane! I think it is absolutely fascinating to see the pictures inside of everything that can fit inside the plane. From multiple full-size 18-wheelers to helicopters and even more! There’s even information about the Wright Brothers famous 1st flight… but I’ll let you visit to find out how that relates!
The inside of the Command Center is a great place to visit if you find yourself in Dover on a rainy day. Even after 2 visits, I still haven’t gotten a chance to see and read everything.
You can see an actual bomber’s cockpit…
and learn all about the WWII fighter jets. For example, did you know that the backwards swastika is actually the Americans giving the middle finger to the Nazis? And the number of them represents how many enemy planes this crew took down.
If you’re planning a trip through that area any time soon, it’s worth it to swing by the Air Mobility Command Center. As a bonus, from April-October, the 3rd Saturday of every month is open cockpit days! How cool would that be for a kid who’s fascinated with planes?!
2. Explore Downtown Dover, DE
If you haven’t visited the heart of Downtown Dover, then you’re missing out on some major small town charm! The Green is the public square and is the heart of it all!
Surrounded by shops, taverns and residential homes, The Green is as beautiful as it is historic. During the American Revolution, troops and public officials would meet right in The Green for gatherings, reviews and more! The Golden Fleece Tavern faces The Green and is where the first United States Constitution was ratified.
And you can visit all of this today to experience it for yourself! You will find period actors a the courthouse and various other places throughout The Green to help you feel immersed in that time period. There are even walking Ghost Tours on Sundays that are completely free!
3. Restaurants in Dover, DE
Grey Fox Grille & Public House– A unique chance to tour the inside of one of the restored Victorian mansions that you’ll find in Downtown Dover. The Grey Fox Grille uses the entire home with dining rooms spread throughout two floors and a bar in the back of the first floor. Do be aware that the bathroom is on the 2nd floor and the home is not handicapped accessible since it was built in 1881.
33 West Ale House and Grill– right in the heart of Dover, this is a great place to stop for a local craft beer and delicious food. I’m begging you to try to Crab and Lobster Mac and Cheese! There’s plenty of free parking in this area, and you’ll get a chance afterwards to walk around for a bit!
House of Coffi– Not a full-scale restaurant, but a quaint coffee shop that offers some light fair. They have plenty of indoor seating, but also offer an outdoor patio right in the midst of the cobblestone streets that lend to the charm of Downtown Dover.
El Nopal– If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food at very reasonable prices, El Nopal is just for you! While you can order tacos as Americans eat them (sour cream, lettuce, etc.), it’s worth it to order from the menu the way they have the food described! They know what they’re doing and everything I’ve ordered has been delicious!
4. Explore the Local Music Scene
Johnson Victrola Museum– I’ve visited Dover a handful of times in the last decade and had no idea this place existed! It’s completely free and filled with Victrola and Nipper (“His Master’s Voice”) memorabilia.
There are working Victrolas and Victrola’s that are handpainted works of art!
Be sure to check the days and hours they are open when planning your trip!
Golden Fleece Tavern– Right down the street from where the original Golden Fleece Tavern stood, you can enjoy a cold drink while listening to live music or karaoke. They have an outside patio for the summer months as well!
5. Visit an Art Museum
Biggs Museum of American Art– The Biggs Museum of American Art is located downtown, just a couple blocks from The Green. It features art that’s tied specifically to DE, the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Nation from 1700 to the present.
With exhibits featuring Ansel Adams, Audubon, Rembrandt and more, it’s a great place to beat the heat and get a dose of culture all at once!
6. Immerse Yourself in History
John Dickinson Plantation– John Dickinson was one of the founding fathers of the nation and one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution. You can visit an authentic 18th Century plantation with period actors to help guide you through what life was like at that time.
The home is filled with vibrant paint colors (apparently a sign of wealth if you could afford these rich green paints) and rooms that are still filled with authentic, original furniture.
7. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
When you’re picking your hotel, why not pick one that also provides activities, entertainment and lots of food options?! The Dover Downs Hotel & Casino not only has all of the above, but is also right next door to lots of shopping and restaurants. It’s a prime location just minutes off the highway!
My room was more than spacious with a fridge (score!) and a great view of the Dover International Speedway!
We even got to take a tour of the racetrack, which I had no idea was used for horse racing in addition to racecars.
And who could resist a photo opp with the Monster Monument?
I highly recommend getting your own guided tour of the Speedway! You’ll get to see the NASCAR garage, the Monster Bridge, an upclose view of the track and the pit road and you can take your own picture inside Victory Lane!
It’s only $7 per person and they run them most Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Well worth it! You can find more information HERE.
Have you ever visited Dover, DE? What’s your favorite thing to do in the area? I’d love to add it to my list for next time!
Be sure to visit Delaware’s Quaint Villages for more getaway ideas!