8 Top Hot Spots around Dover International Speedway

There’s plenty to do in Dover, Delaware if you are headed to the NASCAR XFINITY Race on May 14th! Check out some of our top picks for hot spots around the track – all within 25 minutes from the speedway!

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    Marydel, Delaware

    Harvest Ridge Winery, bordering both Delaware and Maryland, offers a fantastic wine selection. The winery is about 25 minutes away from the Speedway, and off the beaten path, but definitely worth the drive! The tasting room is large and comfortable, offering a relaxing setting for you to taste their most prized wines. Harvest Ridge Winery offers different foods and a selection of cheeses to please your palate. The winery holds a variety of different events, including a Military Appreciation Day on Friday, May 13th, and a Car Show from noon to 5pm on Sunday, May 15th.

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    Dover, Delaware

    The Delaware Agricultural Museum is a great spot close to the racetrack. If you are planning on visiting the race, the museum actually offers NASCAR camping. They have a “Historic Village”, a collection of historic buildings we have moved to the Museum grounds from all over Delaware, which is a great setting with woods behind them. Here you can set up a tent or your motor home for race weekend. Anything that you may need is easily within walking distance, including, a grocery store, restaurants, liquor stores, as well as vendors and activities.
    While you’re there, be sure to check out the museum, too! It boasts great history, educational programs, and tours.

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    Dover, Delaware

    Just ten minutes from the track, you’ll find a great saloon that offers awesome food, great drinks, dancing, live music and entertainment. This is country style bar that was started by a couple that met at a country bar in Arizona. Reviews note that this is a go-to place in Dover and that there is never a dull moment. Whether you are looking for some great bar food or BBQ, this is the place to try out.

    Their mantra says it all – they want everyone to have “nothin’ but a good time!” So, put on your dancing shoes and grab a drink on Saturday after the race. We’re sure that you won’t be disappointed!

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    Dover, Delaware

    An easy-going sports-centric tavern, Touchdown Restaurant boasts great American bar food, a pool table, and live music and theme nights. This sports bars has plenty of TV’s for watching any type of sports event you can imagine. On Monday nights, you’ll find Trivia and you can play to win prizes. You may even walk into Karaoke, live music or a DJ dance party. You’ll find happy hour all day on Monday and $1 Taco Thursdays.

    Customers on Yelp recommend the seafood specials, chicken wings, cream of crab soup, and their burgers. This is a great place to grab some grub while visiting Dover – and it’s only ten minutes from the track!

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    Dover, Delaware

    The Air Mobility Command Museum is a 2015 Winner of TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence.” Located on the Dover Air Force Base, this museum showcases the history of military aviation through exhibits and a sizeable collection of planes that have been used throughout history. Travellers note that the tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable, providing an entertaining experience as you walk through the museum. IT’s a great place to see many of the planes that protected the USA.

    Whether you are looking to view the Presidential aircraft used by President Reagan, or experience the flight simulator, the Air Mobility Command Museum offers fun for the entire family!

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    Dover, Delaware

    Where Pigs Fly is an unbelievable ribs and chicken joint that offers great BBQ. The restaurant specializes in hickory smoked pulled pork barbeque. This locally owned and operated restaurant offers great food at great prices in a family friendly atmosphere. And, they make everything homemade daily from fresh ingredients!

    Customers recommend the Texas Burger, cornbread, broccoli salad, and ribs. Be sure to stop by their gift shop, too!

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    Dover, Delaware

    Shuckers Pier 13 is a great stop for seafood, steaks, and a great dining experience. The restaurant has been around since 1979, a local favorite that has been rated “Bets of Delaware” many times.
    Customers note that the quality and variety of seafood is outstanding. They recommend the oysters, friend combo platter, crab soup, and seared tuna. It’s only about 17 minutes from the track – so it’s a convenient place to stop before or after the race!

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    Dover, Delaware

    If you are looking for a great outdoor patio, with a full menu to please anyone, then Governors Café is a great option.

    This café is only 7 minutes from the track, perfect for visiting over race weekend. You’ll find great sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees. Customers note that they love this historic place that has a great porch for enjoying the nice weather. From the grounds, to the building, and the food and drink, this place is surely a winner in our books!

What are your favorite places to visit when you travel to Dover? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!