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Central Delaware Getaway

Travel through the quiet countryside, explore historic sites, and chase the chills and thrills of central Delaware attractions and entertainment. Head off the beaten path to find some truly unique Delaware experiences. 

Monster Mile

Day 1 – “Chill” & Thrills

Experience the thundering, jaw-dropping power of a NASCAR stock car firsthand at the high-banked turns of Dover International Speedway’s famous Monster Mile. Go behind the  scenes with a guided tour of the Monster Mile to get up-close views of the track, pit road, Victory Lane, Infield Media Center, and more.

Head to Harvest Ridge Winery and Rebel Seed Cidery to spend some time unwinding with a delicious glass of wine or cider, while you look out over their vineyard.

Try your luck at the slots, table games, sports betting, and live harness racing at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. 

Where to Stay
Once you’ve finished at the tables stay overnight at the luxurious hotel onsite and indulge in the fine dining and first-class entertainment, or enjoy a massage at the Bali themed Toppers Spa and Salon.

Blue Earl

Day 2 – History & Entertainment

Start your day by visiting the historic John Dickinson Plantation, home of one of America’s founding fathers and a signer of the Constitution. Historic interpreters guide you on a trip to 18th-century America. Then take tour of vintage aircrafts at the Air Mobility Command Museum, on the grounds of Dover Air Force Base. 

Grab a bite to eat in downtown Dover and then, get out your walking shoes to visit central Delaware’s part of the First State National Historic Park. Stop by the First State Heritage Park for tours of the Old State House, Legislative Hall, the Delaware Public Archives, the Johnson Victrola Museum, and the Biggs Museum of American Art

Stop by Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna to enjoy delicious craft beers. Dedicated to the pairing of music and beers, Blue Earl’s love of music comes across in their beer names and their on-site kitchen, the Juke Box, which serves up a full menu of delicious treats.

End the day with fresh seafood and sunset views at Sambo’s Tavern, home to freshly caught clams, oysters, delicious steamed crabs, renowned crab cakes and of course, hush puppies! (Travel tip: This dining location is a tavern and patrons must be 21 or over to enter. For families, go to JPs Wharf Restaurant and Bar for crabs and seafood. Please note these locations have limited hours during the off-season).

Where to stay
The Hilton Garden Inn has affordable rates and is located on the North DuPont Highway with easy access to the Dover area


Day 3 – Quiet Countryside

Head out early to do some waterfowl watching along the miles of trail at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Before you leave, be sure to take your picture in front of the interactive artwork of the Delaware Discoveries Trail. Then drive through Amish country, just west of Dover, stopping at Byler’s Country Store and other family-owned shops for homemade crafts, quilts and delectable baked goods, including their famous pies.

Something is always in season at Fifer Orchards. This fourth-generation family farm also hosts farm-to-table dinners and fun festivals.

Wrap up your day with dinner at an award-winning restaurant, and then hit the slots, table games, horse racing, or sports betting action at Harrington Raceway & Casino. It’s open 24 hours, so there’s no need to call it an early night.

Where to stay
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites is the perfect rest stop after a long day of adventures in central Delaware.

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