Seniors Stop over in Dover

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The city of Dover, founded by William Penn in 1683, is a charming state capital, found precisely in the center of the state. This attractive city is the second largest in the state after Wilmington though it still is small enough to exhibit tons of small town charm.

Dover is a hop skip and a jump from beautiful Delaware Bay. Senior travelers, if you like water, Silver Lake is the core of a 182-acre recreation area right in the heart of the city. Delaware’s capital has its share of museums and attractions.

They say that far too many visitors fail to slow down on their way to the beach. Quelle Dommage! And you senior birders, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors 16,000 acres of marsh and wetlands, so bring your field glasses along.

Seniors Participate In NASCAR Weekends

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Dover, population 38,000+,  became the capital back in 1777, replacing New Castle. This decision to move the capital revolved around the location, providing a safer haven from British raiders who were trolling the waters of the Delaware River.

Dover has many events of interest to senior visitors that take place throughout the year, the biggest of which are arguably the NASCAR weekends. In both April and May, historic Dover tours can be enjoyed during the Old Dover Days festivals.

Today Dover continues to be a hub of state government and business. Its history is showcased at a sprawling Agricultural Museum, a Museum of American Art stocked with lavish works donated by Delaware art collectors, and the Old State House.

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On the city’s southern edge, Dover Air Force Base, the largest airport on the East Coast, is home to a huge aircraft museum. The John Dickinson Plantation is another big draw. The home of John Dickinson, one of Delaware’s foremost statesmen of the Revolutionary and Federal periods, was originally built in 1740. Destroyed by fire in 1804, the brick house was rebuilt in 1896.

Senior travelers, visit Delaware’s Capital Region and you will find it a thrilling getaway destination full of top-rated accommodations, wineries, art galleries, and festivals and events that go on all year long. Delaware State University is another stop well worth a visit. And if those attractions are not enough, TripAdvisor lists 32 things you will not want to miss in and around Dover.

You will be thrilled with Dover and all its amenities. jeb

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