Dover in Kent County is Delaware's capital city. However, with an estimated population of merely a little more than 36,000, Dover is only the second largest city in the state, next to Wilmington. In fact, the city is known to be one of the country's smallest state capitals. Dover was named as the capital of Delaware in 1777 primarily because of its central location and because it was relatively safer from British raiders on the Delaware River compared to the old capital city, New Castle.
Get on a bus rental in Dover, Delaware and see if there is more to the city than meets the eye.
Are you touring the city as a group? Get a 24-passenger bus rental in Dover, Delaware to take you to the different sites and landmarks in the city. Dover has many attractions you can choose from. From historical sites, to parks and outdoor or recreational areas, to shopping centers, to restaurants, to sports venues, to arts and culture venues, name it and Dover has it.
Get your fill of the arts by visiting the Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, DE 19901). This museum boasts one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts from the Colonial times up to the present. The museum's permanent collection includes what it claims to be the only comprehensive representational American paintings collection on the Delmarva Peninsula. The museum also hosts changing exhibits related to historical and contemporary art topics throughout the year.
The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries (Dover, DE 19901) is also worth visiting. The First State Heritage Park is an urban park that links historic and cultural sites in the city. These sites highlight Delaware's role as the "First State." The Welcome Center and Galleries features changing exhibits that are hosted by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
You can also make a trip to the Schwartz Center for the Arts, formerly known as the Dover Opera House. You can catch ballet performances, classic films and performances by the Dover Symphony Orchestra here.
There is also The Children's Theatre, Inc. and the Kent County Theater Guild.
Dover also has groups or organizations that aim to cultivate and promote arts and culture in the city:
Festivals and cultural events. Dover holds the Dover Days Festival in May. This festival is a celebration of arts, culture, history and heritage through a wide variety of activities and attractions like crafts and food vendors, a car show, carnival rides, inflatables, a parade, and fireworks.
There's also the Firefly Music Festival in June, the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival in October.
Restaurants. Dover has many restaurants and dining venues that will surely sate your appetites.
Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant is one of the local favorites you should try. This seafood restaurant serves great fish, crab cakes, steamed clams, shrimp, and even chicken breast.
Another fave among the locals is Chick-fil-A of Dover Restaurant, a fastfood chain that serves chicken dishes, salads, kiddie meals, and even ice cream and milk shakes. But the best thing about this place, according to everyone, is the top-notch service!
Meanwhile, Yukon Korean BBQ and Sushi Bar is where you could get the best sushi in town. And the best pizza and pasta dishes are from Franco's Pasta. You also have Chops Grille at the Sheraton, which is known for its yummy steaks; Restaurant 55 for its great beer and big, juicy burgers; Michele's for its top-notch fine dining experience; and Frankfurt Bakery & Deli for its breads, cakes and pastries.
Other restaurants that bring you wonderful and tasty cuisines from all over the world are Flavor of India, La Tolteca Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Roma Italian Restaurant, Bangkok Thai Cuisine, Chinatown Buffet, Rice Restaurant (Japanese), Kabob Korner (Indian), Olive Garden (Italian), Hibachi (Japanese), McGlynns Pub & Restaurant (Irish), Piazza Mia (Italian), and Simaron (American).
Other noteworthy restaurants you may want to check out include:
Shopping. You can head to North Dover Shopping Center or Dover Mall for whatever you need, may it be clothes, gadgets, home items, and sporting goods. Dover also has a Target and a Kohl's. For boutique shopping, you can head to The Colonnade at Dover Downs, Rouge Boutique, or Bel Boutique.
For bargains, check out Spences Bazaar and Auction, an indoor/outdoor flea market, auction, bakery and deli. It also has a wide variety of indoor shopping. You can get Amish goods here, too.
Tanger Outlet Center is where you go for some outlet shopping.
If you like to get some antiques, you can go to Blue Hen Auction Co., Collectors Exchange Inc., Paul's Antiques Furniture Hospital, Sweet Memories Antiques, and Ezj Co.
For unique gift items, you can check out Foerney's Too. There's also For Dreamers Gallery, which is a small boutique that offers different kinds of crafts and art works, including pottery, glass art, and wood.
If you want to tee off, you can go to the Eagle Creek Golf Club (Dover, DE 19902), which has 18 holes over nearly 6,000 yards with a par of 69.
There's also the 19-hole Maple Dale Country Club (Dover, DE 19904), which offers a mature course that's set amidst wooden terrain and is dotted with several ponds.
Other golf courses in the area are:
Other sports. Dover has the Bob Reed Field (Dover, DE 19901), the home of Wolverine baseball, as well as the DuPont Field Hockey Field. Meanwhile, the Scott D. Miller Stadium is home to six Wesley Sports: football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, football, and men's and women's lacrosse.
Dover International Speedway, also called the Monster Mile because of its high banking turns and narrow straightaways, hosts two NASCAR tripleheader race weekends every spring and fall. The Dover International Speedway also offers on-site campgrounds, as well as a fanzone where you can have a meet-and-greet with the drivers, among other activities.
If you would like to take the family skating, you can go to the Dover Skating Center.
Other sports facilities you may want to check out are:
For those who want to get a fill of Dover history, you should pay a visit to the Delaware State Museum Buildings, also known as the Old Presbyterian Church Complex. This is a historic museum complex that consists of four buildings:
You can also head out to the Dover Green Historic District, a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places that encompasses 79 contributing buildings that are centered on The Green, the district's open area. The district includes most of the inhabited part of the city during the 18th century. The most notable buildings include the Eagle Tavern (built in 1791), the Kent County Court House (built in 1875), Parke-Ridgely House (built in 1728), Christ Church, the Baptist Church-Dover Century Club (built in 1852), the Bradford-Loockerman House, the Old Statehouse, and the King Dougall House and Store House.
There's also the Victorian Dover Historic District, a national historic district with 482 contributing buildings. These buildings are representative of the city's and the district's commercial, industrial, and domestic development between the 19th century and the 20th century. The notable buildings in this district include the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover's Railroad Station, Priscilla Block, Capitol Theatre, and the John Bullen House.
Other landmarks. Other landmarks to visit are:
Dover has a few parks where you can just sit and enjoy the view, stroll, let the kids run and play, and engage in outdoor or recreational activities.
There's Schutte Park (Dover, DE 19901), which is popular among the athletic types, with its soccer fields and multipurpose fields. You can also have a picnic under the covered picnic pavilion.
Silver Lake Park is also a great place to play. It has a playground and a lovely scenery. Covering an area of 182 acres, the park also offers a wide range of recreational activities. It has a paved walking or running path, benches and pavilions for picnic-goers, and Silver Lake, where you can fish and go boating.
You can also go to Dover Park, where you can find the only public tennis courts in town. The park also has a softball field, a multi-purpose field, basketball courts disc golf course, and picnic pavilions.
Other parks in the city include:
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