Handmade bricks decorate Georgian Revival-style Delaware State Capitol building
Colonial history, NASCAR excitement and serene nature
From Colony to Cultural Center
Learn about Dover’s role in the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, signaling the country's break from British rule, at the First State Heritage Park. Take a guided tour of the John Dickinson Plantation, the historic home of one of America’s Founding Fathers. For a fascinating look at the evolution of agriculture in the USA, visit the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. An ever-growing collection of American art, furniture and other objects is on display at Biggs Museum of American Art. And don’t miss a stop at the Johnson Victrola Museum, honoring the co-founder of the Victor phonograph.
Speed seekers, visit the Dover International Speedway. You can drive a race car, ride along with a professional race car driver or catch a NASCAR event. At the Air Mobility Command Museum, climb aboard a massive military aircraft and view planes of all sorts, from World War II aircraft to modern-day jets. Be sure to set aside an afternoon to watch horse racing at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.
When it’s time to unwind, spend some time exploring Dover’s natural side. Walk the nature trails or cruise the 19-kilometer wildlife drive at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge along Delaware Bay. Go bird-watching, fishing or crabbing at Little Creek Wildlife Area (be sure to consult hunting schedules before you go). At the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of only 28 such reserves in the country – go hiking, look for migratory birds and enjoy a tranquil canoe or kayak trip.
Delaware became the USA’s first state when delegates signed the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787, in Battell's Tavern, now known as the Golden Fleece Tavern.