Delaware is known as "The First State," as it was the first of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution. The capital city of Dover has 10 nationally recognized museums that showcase history, aviation and even the sound-recording industry.
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On the grounds of Dover Air Force Base, the Air Mobility Command Museum offers tourists many exhibits and planes that can be boarded. Collections of historic military aviation are parked along with a retired Air Force One plane. You will feel like a pilot for the day when you visit this venue.
Next, take a trip to the Johnson Victrola Museum, which honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The museum showcases phonographs, memorabilia, trademarks, paintings and the development of the sound-recording industry.
For fast action, watch a race at the Dover International Speedway, home to many NASCAR races. If you are in town during the off season, you can drive a race car around the track or ride in the passenger seat with an instructor.
The Biggs Museum of American Art will inspire both the historian and artist. Sewell Biggs, an art collector from Delaware, gave his entire collection to the state. Featured are works from the Colonial days to 20th century Impressionism and a fine collection of silver.
Next, bring your luck to Dover Downs and check out the horse races and casinos. Adults will enjoy the gaming tables and slot machines. Make time for a massage at their spa, or attend an entertaining concert.
Take a trip back to the 18th century at the Old State House, located on the Green in downtown Dover. This government building was Delaware's first permanent capitol, completed in 1791 during America's early years as a nation. The first floor features an 18th-century courtroom, and the second floor shows the former chambers of the state legislature. This building has notable architecture with grand dual staircases and a sunflower ceiling sham.
After a fun-filled day, return to one these hotels in Dover, Delaware to recharge for your next day of adventures.
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