7 Must-Visit Locations Near Dover Downs

Nascar Race on Left and and Exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is yet another hot racino located in Delaware. It’s one of three, to be exact. And given its location in Delaware’s state capital, there is a lot to do near this one.

Today’s list comprises many must-visit locations near Dover Downs when you’re looking to take a day or two off from the casino. So, if you’re looking to turn your trip to Dover into an unforgettable vacation, today’s post will provide a huge help.

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Are you ready to discover all of what Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has to offer? Keep reading for more.

Dover International Speedway

They host several NASCAR events during the calendar year, so if you’re lucky enough to be in town, why not swap out the horse racing for good old stock car racing?

Many consider it America’s Best Track, ranking it even above fan favorites like Daytona, Bristol, Indianapolis, and other prominent tracks. It’s one of the smaller ones on the NASCAR circuits. But it’s a fast track, and that’s what makes it so exciting when cars come here to trade paint.

If you’re not here during NASCAR events, don’t sweat. They may be offering up the Rusty Wallace, Mario Andretti, or Richard Petty Driving Experiences that will let you experience the track from behind the wheel of one of those stock cars.

If you’re interested in driving the Monster Mile, make sure you check out the driving experiences offered and you too can catch an idea of what it feels like to reach speeds between 130 and 150 miles an hour.

The driving experiences are not cheap. But hey, if you won a race over at Dover Downs and you’re looking for a thrilling way to spend that money, Dover International Speedway may be that place.

So, if you’d like to experience race day or perhaps a driving experience, head over to 1131 N DuPont Highway in Dover and catch the action.

Air Mobility Command Museum

If the United States Air Force is an interesting topic of conversation to you, visit 1301 Heritage Road in Dover and check out the history of aeronautics that the US Air Force offers.

You’re getting a visual history of the US Military’s aviation history along with a collection of corresponding planes from literally every generation of the Air Force.

If open, you can also experience several interactive exhibits, such as simulators that will give you an idea of what it’s like to navigate one of their many planes. Also, they open the control tower at times for tours, along with the Medal of Honor Hallway.

Air Mobility Command Museum Front Entrance Sign

Choose between taking a self-guided or docent tour, and let your history lesson begin. They’re only open from Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am until 4 pm.

So, whether planes, military history, or history itself piques your interest, you will find much of it right here at the Air Mobility Command Museum.

John Dickinson Plantation

You’re looking at yet another museum in Dover, this one having belonged to an old Quaker tobacco planter. Today, their colorful staff continues to dress in attire that will take you centuries into the past; so if you like history museums that do a bit of role-playing, you’re in the right place.

Reviewers call this one a “Hidden Gem of a Museum,” praising its maintenance, entertaining staff, and authenticity of the atmosphere that will make you believe someone picked you up and transferred you into the time of the late 17th and 18th centuries.

They offer tours through both the house and the outbuildings, allowing you to gain a firm grasp on what life was like both for those in the house and out in the fields.

If you’d like, you can also take self-guided tours here after watching a short video presentation. If you take the self-guided route, they have plenty of interpretive signs scattered throughout the property that will offer descriptions of each building and those who frequented them.

If you’re interested in stepping back in time, do so at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover.

Johnson Victrola Museum

Here’s yet another hidden gem in the First State’s capital. You will find Johnson Victrola Museum at 375 S New Street in Dover. Here, you’re gaining insights into the Sound Recording Industry and the pathway it created for all those modern sound contraptions we love today.

They mainly focus on early talking machines and recorders from the industry’s formative period in the late 19th century and throughout the Roaring 20s.

This museum is also a bit deceptive but in a favorable way. Just looking at it, you’d think it’s nothing more than an old or even an abandoned building long past its due date. Don’t let it fool you.

Exhibit at Johnson Victrola Museum

Head inside, and you will discover those old talking/recording machines, record players, electronics, and more. Electronics has evolved so much since its earliest days in the 1890s; so much that it makes for an interesting tour to gain firsthand experience on the roots of our modern-day gadgets.

Take a self-guided tour and immerse yourself in all those fun facts that you probably never knew about. Plus, they’re always playing sounds with these old devices, allowing your ears to tune in on the evolution of the progression of those sounds throughout the decades.

Old State House

Other than Dover International Speedway, you probably realized you’re getting a lot of history here in the First State’s capital. With that said, it’s only appropriate to visit Old State House when you need a break from the races, slot machines, and live dealer table gaming at Dover Downs.

Head over to The Green in Dover, and embark on a guided tour at a location that traces its roots to 1791. After it served the community in many niches over the years, they restored it back to its original furnishings and decor before opening it to the public for tours.

Your guide will walk you through the lower room before you head upstairs to see the final two. While you explore the house, make sure you prod the guides for questions regarding the state’s and the building’s history, and they will be glad to tell a few stories.

They only offer tours at certain times, and they urge you to arrive between 10 and 15 minutes beforehand. However, if you drive in too late and miss the tour, don’t sweat. It just means you can’t explore the building’s interior.

However, they allow you to walk about the grounds, where many reviewers who had taken this route state they spent nearly two hours admiring the picturesque, well-maintained scenery while admiring the historic architecture the building boasts.

First State Heritage State Park

We’ve covered many historical buildings and museums. However, we did not talk much about the nature and scenic views that you will find in Dover. That changes with First State Heritage State Park—well, sort of, given its status as an urban park.

First State Heritage State Park

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the outdoors, albeit in an urban setting, head over to 43 The Green John Bell House in Dover. The park traces its roots back to 1777 and it links the area’s historical and cultural sites, some of which you saw on today’s post, together.

You’re getting free admission to all sites that include ghost walks, historical interpretations, colonial reenactments, and so much more. There are many family-friendly places to visit outside of Dover Downs and First State Heritage Park is arguably the friendliest of the bunch.

Biggs Museum of Art

The art enthusiast in you or someone in your travel group will venture head over heels for what hides behind the walls of this sizey art museum.

The venue takes its name from a local art collector, and its collection spans several centuries from Colonial America to 20th Century Impressionism. Unlike many museums in large cities, Biggs Museum of Art places a heavy emphasis on local artists, so much of what you see has come from Dover, itself.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor were blown away by this museum’s size, which rests on three floors of real estate. Each floor contains something different. For example, you’re getting much of Winslow Hammer’s works on the first floor, while the second floor features historical artifacts.

The top floor is a mixture of paintings and sculptures from varying periods. Even if you’re not an art enthusiast, reviewers warn that you can spend hours at this location. So, if the Biggs Museum of Art is something that interests you, carve out some time.

You will find it at 406 Federal Street in Dover.

Our Thoughts on the Area Around Dover Downs

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is just one of three casinos in Delaware and is a great place to play your favorite casino games and bet on the races. But it’s not the only thing to do in Dover, Delaware. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to have fun in Dover. The above list is just a tip of a much larger iceberg, and you can easily add seven more items to the list.

Have you visited Dover Downs and if so, did you visit any of the above attractions? Let us know in the comments and tell us about your experience. We are looking forward to reading your stories.