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The local area boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the Killens Pond Water Park pool, for instance, or tee off at one of the many golf courses. Don’t miss the Delaware State Fair in Harrington or big names in music at the Firefly Music Festival. And be sure to check out the Air Mobility Command Museum.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of Kent County can enjoy many annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Amish Country Bike Tour

www.amishcountrybiketour.com 

Take in the scenery from a bike saddle during Delaware’s largest and most-established cycling event. Rest stops include the Amish Schoolhouse, where Amish serve home-baked pies and cookies. The bike tour is held in September. Course routes of 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles start and stop at the Legislative Mall in Dover.

Delaware State Fair

www.delawarestatefair.com 

The 10-day state fair draws nearly 300,000 people to the 300-acre fairgrounds, which encompass several businesses such as the Centre Ice Rink and the Harrington Raceway & Casino. In addition to dynamic entertainers and an exciting carnival, the fair strives to maintain its roots in agriculture. The fair is held in late July at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Dover Days

www.doverdaysfestival.com 

Celebrating more than 80 years, the Dover Days Festival is held in early May at two outdoor parks in the historic downtown district: The Green and the Legislative Mall. One of the state’s longest-running celebrations, Dover Days celebrates First State history with a blend of traditions and modern attractions ranging from the Kids Zone to the classic car show, as well as many food vendors.

Firefly Music Festival

www.fireflyfestival.com 

More than 140 rock and pop music acts take the stage at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway for the Firefly Music Festival. The 154-acre festival grounds accommodate a variety of dining options, and an on-site brewery is available to fuel the fun. The four-day festival is held in June.

Peach Festival

http://wyoming.delaware.gov/peach-festival 

The Wyoming Peach Festival takes place every year on the first Saturday of August. The day kicks off with a parade from Fifer Middle School to West Third Street. The festival offers an array of entertainment, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, music and the peach dessert contest.

ARTS

Kent County residents can take advantage of a wealth of artistic endeavors, from stage plays to musicals to opera and more.

The Children’s Theatre

P.O. Box 823
Dover, DE 19903
302-336-8044 
www.thechildrenstheatre.org 

This volunteer nonprofit community theater is operated for the entertainment and enjoyment of the families of Dover and Kent County. Its mission is to foster and encourage development of, and commitment to, the highest standards of theater through production and presentation of plays, workshops and seminars.

Delaware Ballet

177 Old Camden Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19943
302-697-2218  
www.delawareballet.net 

Though focused on classical ballet, the troupe offers diverse performances that include contemporary pieces. It is the area’s oldest nonprofit ballet company.

Dover Art League

21 W. Loockerman St.
Dover, DE 19904
302-674-0402
www.doverartleague.org 

The Dover Art League is a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for local visual artists of all ages and skill levels through quality programs, gallery exhibitions and art classes.

Dover Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 163
Dover, DE 19903
302-270-1903
www.doversymphony.org 

The Dover Symphony Orchestra brings live performances of classical and orchestral music to the Dover and Central Delaware area, provides an outlet for musicians and fosters the interest of local students.

Kent County Theatre Guild at the Patchwork Playhouse

140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE 19903
302-674-3568
www.kctg.org 

The Kent County Theatre Guild strives to provide opportunities to participate in a live theatrical experience whether it is onstage, behind the scenes or as an audience member. The community theater has served Central Delaware residents since the early 1950s.

Milford Second Street Players at the Riverfront Theater

2 S. Walnut St.
Milford, DE 19963
800-838-3006
www.secondstreetplayers.com 

This year-round community theater produces shows from dramas to children’s theater and nearly everything in between with other cultural groups and schools.

Mispillion Art League

5 N. Walnut St.
Milford, DE 19963
302-430-7646
www.mispillionarts.org 

This nonprofit organization brings the visual arts and art education to the greater Milford area. The league holds classes and workshops as well as annual members’ exhibits.

The Smyrna Opera House

7 W. South St.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-4263
www.smyrnaoperahouse.org 

The Smyrna Opera House was originally built in 1870 and was restored in 2003 as a community cultural arts center, promoting access to the arts in Central Delaware. It is operated by a nonprofit organization and is dedicated to showcasing and developing local artists while offering affordable access to the arts.

MUSEUMS

Learn about Delaware’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.

Air Mobility Command Museum

1301 Heritage Road
Dover AFB, DE 19902
302-677-5938
www.amcmuseum.org 

Don’t miss the only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling history. Climb aboard planes ranging from World War II to current four-engine jet transports, fly in the museum’s simulators or take a guided tour. Free admission.

Biggs Museum of American Art

406 Federal St.
Dover, DE 19901
302-674-2111
www.biggsmuseum.org 

The Biggs Museum of American Art has a growing collection of fine and decorative art objects that reflect the Delmarva Peninsula. Galleries display art in a timeline presentation from the 1700s to the present.

Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village

866 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-734-1618
www.agriculturalmuseum.org 

The Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village preserves the agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. The Main Exhibit Hall puts the technological advances made by Delawareans on display as well as the industries they founded. The outdoor Loockerman Landing Village represents a rural village in the 1890s, with a store, a farmhouse, a church and a schoolhouse.

Delaware State Police Museum

1425 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-739-7700
www.delawaretrooper.com/museum.html 

The Delaware State Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Delaware State Police. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts and displays, as well as antique vehicles.

Johnson Victrola Museum

375 S. New St.
Dover, DE 19901
302-739-3262
https://tinyurl.com/y9eq5kan 

The Johnson Victrola Museum celebrates the life and achievements of Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. Phonographs, memorabilia, trademarks and paintings showcase Johnson, his company and the developments of the sound-recording industry. For information on group tours, visit the museum’s website.

PARKS

Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Big Oak County Park

417 Big Oak Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-744-2495
https://tinyurl.com/ybuppr7e 

Nearly half of this 90-acre park is occupied by the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation for space and earth science education and recreation. Adding to Big Oak County Park’s appeal as a major regional outdoor destination are free public access recreation and conservation demonstration areas.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-9345
www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook 

Stretching 8 miles along Delaware Bay and covering 16,251 acres, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is managed for large numbers of waterfowl arriving in fall, for migrating songbirds and shorebirds in the spring, and to provide habitat for wading birds in the summer. Deer, red foxes, beavers, turtles, nonpoisonous snakes, frogs and salamanders are also found on the refuge. Visitors may enjoy a 12-mile auto tour, five walking trails, three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, several education programs and interpretative displays.

Brecknock County Park

80 Old Camden Road
Camden, DE 19934
302-697-0900
https://tinyurl.com/y8d4yywg 

Brecknock County Park is an 86-acre park with historic and natural features. Buildings date to the 18th century, and there are the remains of a 19th-century millpond and mill building in the park. A hiking trail allows access through riparian wetlands, as well as a native plant and butterfly garden. Amenities include athletic fields, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, a pavilion, picnic tables and a castle playscape.

Browns Branch County Park

1415 Killens Pond Road
Harrington, DE 19952
302-744-2495
https://tinyurl.com/y995g6jb 

The 78-acre Browns Branch County Park is one of the county’s newest parks, with baseball and soccer fields, volleyball, horseshoes and a public picnic area at the end of a scenic boardwalk trail. It is ideal for hiking, birding, picnicking and other leisure activities. Browns Branch, a tributary of the Murderkill River, flows along the park’s northern border — along which are several old mill locations.

Dupont Nature Center

2992 Lighthouse Road
Milford, DE 19963
302-422-1329
https://tinyurl.com/yabvp7sr 

Owned and operated by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Dupont Nature Center features one of the best viewing areas for migratory shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs. The area is home to more than 130 species of birds, fish, shellfish and other animals. Learn about horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, salt marsh waterfowl and plant life as well as the history of Slaughter Beach and the Mispillion Lighthouse, at the interior exhibition area. The center’s observation deck is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. Hours for the Interpretive Center vary by season.

First State Heritage Park

121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-5055
https://destateparks.com/History/FirstStateHeritage 

The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries,” linking historic and cultural sites. Park attractions include First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Biggs Museum, Delaware Public Archives, Legislative Hall, Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House, and Woodburn and Hall House.

Killens Pond State Park

5025 Killens Pond Road
Felton, DE 19943
302-284-4526
www.destateparks.com/park/killens-pond 

Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park. A 66-acre millpond, the park’s centerpiece, offers boating and fishing. The Killens Pond Water Park has a sloping main pool, a tot pool and tot lot, the Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk and two water slides.

Mispillion Riverwalk

https://tinyurl.com/yazc2r42 

Enjoy a stroll along the Mispillion Riverwalk, a greenway space that preserves the town’s waterfront. Between 1680 and 1927, seven shipyards along the walk produced more than 600 wooden sailing ships. Today, many of Milford’s businesses and organizations are situated along or a short distance from the walk.

Pickering Beach

https://tinyurl.com/ydbmwqjg 

Pickering Beach is an official sanctuary for horseshoe crabs — the state marine animal of Delaware. Visit the beach in May and June to watch the crabs fill the beach while spawning. Maintain a safe distance that does not disturb the wildlife.

Tidbury Creek County Dog Park

2233 S. State St. 
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-2495
https://tinyurl.com/y7bs55ro 

This is the only fenced, off-leash county park for four-legged, furry friends in Kent County.

SHOPPING

From art galleries and unique boutiques to malls and major department stores, there’s something for every taste and budget in Kent County.

Amish Countryside

https://tinyurl.com/yczeg6fq 

A working Amish community just west of Dover offers shopping in the scenic, peaceful countryside. Call the Kent County & Greater Dover,
Delaware Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information at 800-233-5368.

Dover Mall

1365 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-734-0415
www.simon.com/mall/dover-mall 

Enjoy tax-free shopping at four major department stores and more than 80 other retailers, specialty stores and restaurants. The Dover Mall also features a 14-screen movie cinema.

Downtown Dover

www.downtowndoverpartnership.com 

The historic downtown Dover district is full of shopping and dining opportunities. Everything from art galleries and gift shops to bakeries and jewelry stores is available in the charming downtown district. For a restaurant and shopping guide, visit the Downtown Dover Partnership website and look for “Visitors Information.”

Downtown Milford

www.downtownmilford.org 

Downtown Milford, a river community on the Mispillion, is home to galleries, shops and performance spaces. Shopping opportunities include jewelry studios, antique stores, floral shops, craft and gift shops, art galleries and more. For more information on shopping and dining opportunities in Milford, visit the Downtown Milford Inc. website and click on “Shopping & Dining.”

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Whether you’re looking to take in a race or ice skate, Kent County is filled with recreational opportunities.

Centre Ice Rink

644 Fairground Road
Harrington, DE 19952
302-398-5900
www.delawarestatefairgrounds.com/p/about 

The Centre Ice Rink at the Delaware State Fairgrounds is a 49,000-square-foot seasonal ice rink and is open mid-August to mid-June. The rink has skate rentals, bumper cars, a snack bar, locker rooms with showers, a heated viewing lobby, party rooms, a video arcade and a pro shop. The rink offers skating classes as well as hockey camps and clinics. For public skating hours and information on other rink programs, visit the rink’s website.

Dover International Speedway

1131 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
800-441-7223
www.doverspeedway.com 

Home of the world’s fastest 1-mile oval racetrack, Dover International Speedway offers fast-paced NASCAR action for fans of all ages as the host of two tripleheader race weekends each spring and fall.

Dover Skating Center

2201 S. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-697-3218
www.doverskatecenter.com 

Dover Skating Center provides roller skating fun for the whole family. Events include Tot Skate for younger guests, Christian music nights, teen nights and more. The center also offers skating classes and birthday party packages. For public skating hours, visit the center’s website.

Golf

The region has golf courses for every skill level. The 18-hole Jonathan’s Landing in Magnolia (www.jonathanslandinggolf.com) has four sets of tees, a driving range, a pitching and chipping practice green, and a 12,000-square-foot short game area as well as a pro shop, dining and a snack bar in a replica of the Port Mahon lighthouse. Garrison’s Lake Golf Club in Smyrna (www.garrisonslakegolf.com) is a beautiful and historic 18-hole course that has long been a local favorite for high-quality, affordable public golf. It includes an expansive practice range, putting green, pro shop and snack bar. The Dover Par 3 & Driving Range (www.doverpar3golf.com) is a short, fun and easy 18-hole course that can be played in about two hours. If you’re looking to improve your skills, you can practice on their driving range and chipping and putting green. Batting cages are also available at this facility.

More information on local courses can be found at the PGA website at www.pga.com/golf-courses/details/de.

Delaware’s Bayshore Byway

https://tinyurl.com/yd99eewg 

Delaware’s Bayshore Byway winds along the north and central Delaware coast, passing through several wildlife areas. The scenic two-lane byway offers visitors great views of the largest preserved coastal marshland on the East Coast. Historic cities offer refreshing stops along the way. The road begins in New Castle and ends just south of Dover Air Force Base.

xbos Family Fun Center

456 W. Glenwood Ave.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-1800 
www.xbos.com 

There’s something for everyone at xbos Family Fun Center. The center’s Adrenaline Zone has one of the largest inflatable play units on the East Coast. The center also has video and arcade games and a bowling alley with state-of-the-art light shows and popular music. Birthday party packages are available, and so are food and refreshments at the center’s cafe.

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