Dover, Delaware's capital city, was founded by William Penn in 1683. In 1787, patriots ratified the U.S. Constitution in the Golden Fleece Tavern, making Delaware the First State. There are more than 20 historic buildings and museums, including some Dover event venues, that reveal colorful tales of Delaware's history. The city is also home to Delaware State College and Wesley College.
Dover is approximately 90 minutes from both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore/Washington DC Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).
Chief among meeting venues in Dover is Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Delaware's leading casino hotel. The AAA-rated 4 Diamond hotel is also the largest in Delaware with 500 rooms and suites, and a total of 40,000 square feet of overall multi-functional space that includes the 18,000-square-foot, 1,600-seat Rollins Center ballroom. Dover Downs offers the area's largest variety of entertainment options including live harness racing, fabulous dining options ranging from deli to gourmet, a 4 Diamond hotel, exciting concerts, 24-hour gaming (including virtual table games), unique shopping and a spa. The casino’s Colonnade features the Race & Sports Book with pro football parlay betting, horse racing simulcasts, a casino lounge called Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and shops and restaurants consisting of The Marketplace, Swarovski, Godiva, Fashions of The Colonnade, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House, Frankie's Italian Restaurant and Sweet Perks Too.
Next to Dover Downs, the Dover International Speedway is one of the biggest event draws in Delaware. This "Monster Mile" oval has been hosting NASCAR events since it first opened in July of 1969. It now welcomes thousands of race fans to its 750-acre complex each year. Outside of Turn 4 stands the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the larger-than-life sculpture of Dover's signature icon Miles the Monster. The fiberglass structure attracts visitors to the track year round and has become a "must see" stop for tourists coming to Delaware's capital city.
Other event venues in Dover include the The Schwartz Center for the Arts was originally constructed in 1904 and known as The Dover Opera House. Its lobby and ballroom can host 80 for banquets and 125 for receptions, respectively, while the Rollins Auditorium seats 596. The Maple Dale country Club has an 18-hole golf course and 16,000 square feet; and weddings, cocktail parties, picnics, reunions, receptions and others events can be held on the grounds of the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village.
Another must-see in Dover is the Air Mobility Command Museum. Located in a historic hangar on Dover Air Force Base, the museum houses a collection of more than two dozen aircraft and historical artifacts dating back to World War II. The most recent addition to the collection is a retired Air Force II. The Air Mobility Command Museum's "Hall of Heroes" recounts the stories of many of America's Medal of Honor recipients.