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Dover is the second largest city and capital of the state of Delaware. It is located in the central portion of the state in Kent County and has a population of approximately 35,000. Situated on the St. Jones River, Dover is one of the few major cities in the Northeast U.S. that is continuing to grow economically and in population. The city of Dover has a distinguished history dating to 1683 when it was founded by William Penn. The city's central square, known as The Green, was the site of many rallies, reviews and patriotic events during the American Revolution. Today, The Green remains the heart of Dover's historic district and is the location of the Kent County Courthouse and Delaware Supreme Court. Dover has a good mix of historical and cultural attractions, along with beautiful coastal scenery and pastoral farmland. Several special events are held here throughout the year, including art festivals, 4th of July fireworks and Christmas Caroling on The Green. Every June and September, the population of the city expands to over 200,000 for exciting NASCAR races and, as with all Delaware cities, Dover is well-known for its tax-free shopping. Other attractions in the capital city include museums, slots and harness racing and antiques shopping. Dover is approximately 90 miles south of Philadelphia and 90 miles east of Washington, DC.

Surrounding areas: Bowers Beach, Delaware (9.7 mi), Smyrna, Delaware (10.6 mi), Felton, Delaware (10.7 mi), Harrington, Delaware (16.4 mi), Odessa, Delaware (21.9 mi), Primehook Beach, Delaware (25.8 mi), Broadkill Beach, Delaware (28.3 mi)

Dover Vacation Rentals

Dover Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Galaxy Inn1700 E Lebanon RdDover, DE (302) 735-4700
Comfort Inn222 S Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 674-3300
Comfort Suites Dover1654 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 736-1204
Days Inn Dover272 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 674-8002
Dover Inn428 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 674-4011
Fairfield Inn And Suites655 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 677-0900
Hampton Inn Dover1568 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 736-3500
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1780 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 678-0600
Howard Johnson Express Inn561 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 678-8900
Microtel Inn & Suites1703 Lebanon RdDover, DE (302) 674-3800
Microtel Inn & Suites1703 Lebanon RdDover, DE (302) 674-3800
Red Carpet Inn & Suites348 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 734-5701
Red Roof Inn652 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 730-8009
Sheraton Hotel1570 N Dupont HwyDover, DE (302) 678-8500
Twilight Haven Motel1648 S Dupoint BlvdSmyrna, DE10.7 mi.(302) 653-9906
Colony Inns729 Bay RdMilford, DE15.4 mi.(302) 422-2777
Holiday Inn Express & Suites17271 S Dupont HwyHarrington, DE16.4 mi.(302) 398-8800
Americinn Lodge & Suites1259 Corn Crib RdHarrington, DE17.0 mi.(302) 398-3900
Vonnie's Motel12504 Augustine Herman HwyKennedyville, MD26.2 mi.(410) 778-1888
River Inn Rolph's Wharf1008 Rolphs Wharf RdChestertown, MD27.4 mi.(410) 778-6347
Imperial Hotel208 High StChestertown, MD29.2 mi.(410) 778-5000
Comfort Suites160 Scheeler RdChestertown, MD29.6 mi.(410) 810-0555
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites150 Scheeler RdChestertown, MD29.6 mi.(410) 778-0778

Dover Weather & Climate

Central Delaware has a four-season climate that is classified as humid subtropical. Since almost all of the state is part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the effects of the ocean moderate the weather. The Atlantic Coastal Plain is flat and not very high, reaching no more than 80 feet above sea level. Summers are warm and sometimes humid, with July being the hottest month of the year. Winters are cold, but not frigid. In fact, the whole state of Delaware has relatively mild winters because the mountains of Pennsylvania protect it from cold northwest winds. Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 85.6 degrees in summer to a low of 23.2 degrees in winter. Precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the state, although the north and southeast receive more precipitation than the central portion of the state. Thunderstorms are common in the summer months. Tornado activity in Central Delaware is less than the national average. Hurricanes rarely make direct his on the state, and plenty of warning is given for these types of storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 26°F 3.94 in. -
February 46°F 28°F 3.04 in. -
March 55°F 35°F 4.40 in. -
April 65°F 43°F 3.47 in. -
May 74°F 53°F 4.29 in. -
June 82°F 62°F 3.77 in. -
July 87°F 68°F 4.16 in. -
August 85°F 66°F 4.73 in. -
September 79°F 60°F 4.56 in. -
October 69°F 48°F 3.26 in. -
November 58°F 39°F 3.16 in. -
December 48°F 31°F 3.50 in. -

Dover Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the New Castle County airport (ILG) located about 36 miles north of Dover in Wilmington, Delaware, the Martin State airport (MTN) located approximately 48 miles west of Dover in Baltimore, Maryland, the Philadelphia International airport (PHL) located roughly 51 miles northeast of Dover in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and finally the Atlantic City International airport (ACY) located around 54 miles east of Dover in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Dover Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE34.9 mi.
FunderlandRehoboth BeachDE38.6 mi.
Mariner's LandingWildwoodNJ39.8 mi.
Morey's PiersWildwoodNJ39.8 mi.
Splash Zone Water ParkWildwoodNJ39.8 mi.
Wild Wheels Adventure PierWildwoodNJ39.8 mi.
Storybook LandEgg Harbor TownshipNJ51.1 mi.
Gillian's Wonderland PierOcean CityNJ51.5 mi.
PlaylandOcean CityNJ51.5 mi.
Storybook LandCardiffNJ53.1 mi.
Clementon Amusement ParkClementonNJ53.6 mi.
Six Flags Great AdventureJacksonNJ55.4 mi.
ExhilaramaVoorheesNJ55.7 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD56.4 mi.
Steel PierAtlantic CityNJ60.6 mi.
Tivoli PierAtlantic CityNJ60.6 mi.
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD61.5 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD61.5 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD61.5 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD61.5 mi.
Water Parks
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE10.7 mi.
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ39.8 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ51.5 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ57.4 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD63.4 mi.
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA67.2 mi.
Thundering Surf Water SlideBeach HavenNJ73.8 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA77.2 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA100.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Jonathans LandingMagnoliaDE6.8 mi.
Back Creek Golf ClubMiddletownDE21.9 mi.
Frog Hollow Golf ClubMiddletownDE21.9 mi.
Van De Grift Golf ClubMiddletownDE21.9 mi.
Cohanzick Country ClubFairtonNJ22.4 mi.
Upland Golf ClubDentonMD24.9 mi.
Cruz Farm Golf ClubFarmingdaleNJ26.6 mi.
Howell Park Golf CourseFarmingdaleNJ26.6 mi.
Spring Meadow Golf CourseFarmingdaleNJ26.6 mi.
Wild Oaks Golf ClubSalemNJ28.7 mi.
Holly Hills Golf ClubAllowayNJ29.1 mi.
Rookery Golf ClubMiltonDE29.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ57.4 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ57.4 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA66.0 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA93.8 mi.
State Parks
Killens Pond State ParkDE12.3 mi. 
Tuckahoe State ParkMD23.4 mi. 
Tuckahoe State ParkMD26.1 mi. 
Martinak State ParkMD26.7 mi. 
Lums Pond State ParkDE29.0 mi. 
Fort Delaware State ParkDE29.9 mi. 
Fort Mott State ParkNJ30.6 mi. 
Beach Plum Island State ParkDE31.2 mi. 
Parvin State ParkNJ31.5 mi. 
Elk Neck State ParkMD33.0 mi. 
Elk Neck State ParkMD33.5 mi. 
Wye Oak State ParkMD33.7 mi. 
Cape Henlopen State ParkDE36.1 mi. 
Museum of American GlassMillvilleNJ30.9 mi.(Technology)
Nutter D. Marvel Carriage MuseumGeorgetownDE33.2 mi.(History)
Read House and GardensNew CastleDE34.9 mi.(History)
Emlen Physick EstateCape MayNJ36.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Rockwood MuseumWilmingtonDE40.6 mi.(History)
Winterthur MeseumWilmingtonDE40.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Delaware History CenterWilmingtonDE40.6 mi.(History)
Hagley MuseumWilmingtonDE40.6 mi.(History)
Brandywine River MuseumChadds FordPA49.4 mi.(History)
Friendship Fire Company MuseumWoodburyNJ51.0 mi.(History)
DiscoverSea Shipwreck MuseumFenwick IslandDE54.4 mi.(History)
Ward Museum of Wildfowl ArtSalisburyMD55.3 mi.(Art)
The Condiment Packet GalleryWest ChesterPA55.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(History)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and AnthroplogyPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(History)
Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Rosenbach Museum & LibraryPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic SitePhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Mutter MuseumPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(Science)
Paley Design CenterPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ36.6 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE40.6 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD55.3 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ57.3 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA58.1 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD58.9 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD58.9 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC83.2 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA98.3 mi.

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