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Dover is an interesting little town, off the beaten path on the East Coast. Perhaps it is most interesting because it has one of the oldest state capitals in the country, surrounded by a fast growing, modern city with all the conveniences you would expect in a much larger town. Dover is dominated by the US Air Force base to the south and Dover Downs slots and NASCAR racing on the northern edge of town. In 2008 David Letterman had 12 NASCAR drivers on his show for the Top-10 list, and Jimmie Johnson's Number 2 perk of being a NASCAR driver was "Traveling to exotic locations like Martinsville, Virginia, and Dover, Delaware."

Unfortunately, Playboy magazine said it best when they wrote that Dover's lack of nightlife, urban sprawl, and abandoned downtown make it as "as bland an East Coast town you're likely to find."

Why everyone should spend a short time in Dover

1. Capital of the First State
2. NASCAR racing at Dover Downs
3. Small town feel, despite its location between the major metropolitan areas of the East Coast
4. All the conveniences of a much larger city (such as Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc)
5. Dover Downs slots and harness racing

Why your time in Dover should be SHORT!

1. Limited nightlife
2. Delaware's beaches are too close to pass up
3. The big cities of Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Philly are close, so you need to visit them (all within 2 hrs driving time when traffic is light)
4. Dover is rapidly expanding and has outgrown most of the small-town charm it may have once possessed

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small Town
  • Cons:Small Town
  • In a nutshell:Small Town
  • Last visit to Dover: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 9, 2012
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Nice tips!

  • Apr 14, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Shucker's has been our favorite eating place for over twenty years. The grilled seafood selection is the largest in Dover. Large portions and great value. Sambo's was great for crabs. Cool Springs and MIchele's steak (high prices).

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    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    I would have enjoyed my visit there too I'm sure...

  • Mar 3, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    I've eaten at the Dover Betsy Ross once a week for the past year. Quality is high, service is attentive and very friendly, portions are huge, and prices are very affordable. I've never had a bad meal or bad service here.

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    Oct 12, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Read your page in the backseat on the way to the Seagull Century. Stoped at Sambo's for an excellant Crab Cake lunch.

  • May 25, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Just ate here. Very good. Price is low for dinner - most dinner entrees were in the $14 to $20 range. Very nice patio.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    With all that crab, it doesn't look like a bad place to me...

  • MarylandRVer's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2006 at 2:24 PM

    Wow! Looks like I missed a great birding opportunity at Port Mahon but will take a look next time we come this way. We might stop by 'Where Pigs Fly' first -- thanks for your tip.

  • Feb 8, 2006 at 3:35 PM

    thanks for the info.Im traveling to dover this upcoming weekend.need some good ideas.single male 35 there for business. where are the good spots..nick

  • Dec 30, 2005 at 5:51 AM

    I recently turned 21, and have lived in the Dover area my entire life. Bubba's is a great bar, however it is not the largest pool hall around. Search "First State Billiards" if you want to fiind out more; I think it is on Horse Pond Road.


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