After two years in Dover, I finally visited the slots. Entering the building is like entering another world...the flashing lights and crazy noises make the place feel like a carnival, and the unusual mix of old people staring at the screens in a daze makes it seem more like an old folks home than a gaming area.
I played several of the slots games which range from 1 cent to 5 dollars, but I spent most of my time at the 1 and 5 cent machines. I immediately won $30 at the penny slots, then over the course of an hour lost all that and my original $20. That was about enough fun for me, so we wandered around and watched the weirdoes. We also walked upstairs to the simulcast area, where the crowd was younger, but looked just as dazed and bored. Finally, we snuck into the enclosed grandstand which overlooks the dog track and the NASCAR track. I knew about the smoking area along the track, so we walked down and took a quick peek.
One thing I like about the Dover slots is that it's almost entirely change-less these days. When you cash out you get a receipt showing how much money you still have. You can take this receipt to any slot machine (though some refused to accept our receipt) and insert it to begin playing, or you can take your receipt to the cashier to cash out.
In an interesting old brick building along the St. Jones River in Dover sits the Elizabeth W. Murphey School. Originally an orphanage, the school was opened in 1922 by Sanford S. Murphey. The school was founded to enable children to receive an education rather than be forced to work in the fields.
Today, the Murphey School offers care for dependent & neglected children.
The Schwartz Center is one of the few highlights on otherwise beautiful -- but deserted -- South State Street in Dover's historic district. Constructed in 1904, it was originally the city's opera house, in 1923 it was expanded into the Capital Theater. After closing in 1982, it underwent an $8 million-dollar renovation and reopened in 2001. Today the center houses the Dover Symphony Orchestra and other live performances, independent films, plays, meetings and even weddings.
Wesley College was founded in 1873, making it Delaware's oldest private school. The campus, including its athletic facilities, is located on 50 acres right in the heart of historic Dover, just to the north of Division Street. Wesley is a Methodist school with 2,400 students.
Wesley is named after John Wesley, a founder of the Methodist Church and a leader for the abolition of slavery.
Located on the south side of Dover Air Force Base is the Air Mobility Command Museum dedicated to the history of aerial transport. There is an indoor museum as well as several static displays outdoors. To get there, take Delaware Route 1 past Dover AFB and turn northeast on Route 9.
The museum is free to the public, and you might get to see a few US Air Force jets take off from Dover AFB's nearby runway.
Loockerman Streetis the historic heart of the city of Dover. The street has a very old-town feel and houses numerous shops and a few friendly restaurants. Hit up 33 West for a nice lunch before browsing the antique/used book store or grabbing a pint at Irish Mike’s Pub.
Lookerman is centrally located Dover, between the Capital Green and Wesley College.
This house was constructed in 1798 and became the Governor's Mansion in 1965. In the 1800s, Woodburn was part of the underground railroad, and it is well-known as one of Dover's haunted places.
If you are looking for a FUN night out...GO TO BUBBAS!! It's the best place for 21 and over to party!! They have live music on Friday and Saturday. This is the only place to PARTY in Dover! They have a GREAT Staff...you won't find better service and they have awesome bartendars. During Football season...come watch the pro's on the largest screen in Dover....On Tuesday...test out your singing with karaoke...Wed is live and local....were new and up and coming bands showcase their talent...Thursaday is ladies night....Along with all of the events, you can tackle the pool tables and arcade games ...with the live music and the sports bar...this night spot is 2 clubs in one!! Any night you come to Bubbas you'll find the best entertainment in Dover!!!
Located at the end of Loockerman Street on Dover's west side, the train station was built in 1860 by the Delaware Railroad. Formerly a stopping point of numerous commuters, the rail line hauls no longer hauls passengers, only freight. The historic station was renovated in 2001 to restore the building and the area to the greatness it once enjoyed. Today the station houses numerous state government offices.
If there is one thing the Dover City Council does well, it is keeping the downtown area clean and beautiful (but maybe not as safe as it could be...!).
In the summer Loockerman Street is lined with big, colorful flowers and leafy plants. Around Halloween and Thanksgiving they replaced the summer flowers with temporary potted plants and giant pumpkins. They are already stringing lights on the trees for Christmas... I'm sure throughout the rest of the year, this area will continue to look great!
Dover can get a little boring at times, so many people here head south to the beaches on the weekends. Rehoboth Beach is known as a place for families and gays while Dewey Beach is famous for its (straight) nightlife. Further south are Bethany Beach, Delaware, and Ocean City, Maryland . Parking at Rehoboth and Dewey is expensive... expect to pay $1.00 per hour or more to park in a metered spot on the street.
Dover is the capital of Delaware, America's first state. The capitol building (referred to as the State House) is unique among US capitol buidlings in its older, Georgian style architecture. It was begun in 1787 and finished in 1792 and is easy to find by following the signs.
Dover has its own Nascar race track, which is also used for truck and horse races. Nascar comes to Dover twice a year, usually in June and September. All the local shops put up 'Welcome Race Fan' signs, and when you drive by the track you can see hundreds of motor-v's parked. Nascar isn't too interesting to me, but I've been to two races and I've had a lot of fun. The Dover track is nice because no matter where you sit you can see a good amount of track.
The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village opened in August 1980, more than 4,000 artifacts on agricultural heritage of Delaware & the Delmarva Peninsula. Tons of very cool exhibits from the growth of the farm tractor to all types of farming. So much to learn so little time, be a sponge, take in as much as you can!
Adults - $5;
Seniors and Students - $3;
Children under 6 and Members - Free
Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm
This museum has over 200 years of art and history of Delware that has been collected for almost half a century. Art and craftsmenship of furnature and silver from colonial and federal periods, paintings and other items. So check it out.