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Dover

Travel Guide
Delaware which includes a lake or waterhole

The First State’s capital city shares stories of its pioneering heritage over local wines and craft beers.

The capital of Delaware, U.S.A.’s first state, offers plenty to see and do: a rich American heritage, relaxing lakeside space, local wines and craft beer. Dover was established as a court town for Kent County in 1683 and is home to a range of historical landmarks. Follow the Delaware History Trail, with 36 sites of the small state’s pioneering past, grand estates and museums.

Go back in time to a 19-century village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, which is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Learn how the Delaware farming community has put food on the table for generations with the museum’s informative tours and programs. Visit the First State Heritage Park to see historic estates such as the Old State House, Delaware Legislative Hall and the antique wooden John Bell House. The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries are open seven days a week.

Discover Delaware’s acclaimed wineries and breweries on the Wine and Ale Trail, starting at the Wilmington riverfront and continuing to the Atlantic Ocean. Explore Dover’s secluded Silver Lake, the source of the St. Jones River, and its surrounding park. Pack a picnic lunch to grill on the provided barbeques. Walk around the park’s paths and watch ducks peacefully paddling on the water.

Watch and listen to the roaring engines of the twice-annual NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. Travel around Dover with the cheap and convenient Dart Bus system or your personal or rental car.

Just 85 miles (136 kilometers) from Philadelphia and 65 miles (104 kilometers) from Annapolis, Dover is easy to get to. Catch an Amtrak train to Wilmington or a flight to New Castle Airport, both approximately an hour’s drive north from Dover. Summers in Dover are hot and humid, and winters are relatively mild. Despite very light snow conditions, low temperatures and rain can continue into spring, so pack appropriate warm clothing.

Visit Dover for an interesting glimpse into the nation’s past and a thoroughly modern culture.

Where to stay in Dover

Quality Inn
Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
190 Stadium St, Gateway North Plaza, Smyrna, DE
The price is £77 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated in Smyrna, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Bayhealth Emergency Center - Smyrna and within 9 miles (15 km) of Dover Downs Casino and Dover International ...
3.9/5Very Good! (518 reviews)
"Room was fine. Basic hotel."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Quality Inn
Red Roof Inn & Suites Dover Downtown
Red Roof Inn & Suites Dover Downtown
2.5 out of 5
652 N Dupont Hwy, I-95 To Exit #4-a, Dover, DE
The price is £90 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated in Dover, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, Dover Downs Casino, and Dover International Speedway. Delaware ...
3.7/5Good! (786 reviews)
"No amenities in room. Cheap soap only"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Red Roof Inn & Suites Dover Downtown
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
699 North Dupont Boulevard, Milford, DE
The price is £90 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in Milford, this hotel is 8.9 mi (14.4 km) from Harrington Raceway and Casino, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Dover Downs Casino and Dover International ...
3.9/5Very Good! (119 reviews)
"Seemed like property relatively new"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Dover, DE
Home2 Suites by Hilton Dover, DE
2.5 out of 5
222 S Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE
The price is £94 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Located in the heart of Dover, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Delaware State Capitol and within 3 miles (5 km) of Dover Downs Casino and Dover International ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (375 reviews)
"Property was very clean. All staff was friendly and helpful especially front desk and food area. Lovely people at this hotel."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Dover, DE
Grandma's Cottage
Grandma's Cottage
16180 Bowtie Dr, Milford, DE
Situated on a lake, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of The Rookery North Golf Course, Harrington Raceway and Casino and Killens Pond State Park. Delaware ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Cozy, relaxing, and beautiful
"I definitely recommend this place. It is nice, clean, and the lake in the back yard is a plus. Helen is very nice and cordial, she constantly asked if we need something. Thank you so much"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Grandma's Cottage
Whole House UV Air Purifier-Waterfront -The Mermaid Cottage-  Pets Welcome
Whole House UV Air Purifier-Waterfront -The Mermaid Cottage- Pets Welcome
467 Bay Ave, Milford, DE
This Milford cottage is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Slaughter Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Prime Hook Beach and The Rookery North Golf Course. South ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Peaceful getaway
"This little house was just what we needed. Quiet. Clean. Adorable. We especially love the fenced yard for our dogs. The beach behind the house is almost private. 30 mins to Rohoboth Boardwalk. After a crazy 2020 it was really nice to get away."

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2020

Whole House UV Air Purifier-Waterfront -The Mermaid Cottage- Pets Welcome
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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