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Delaware's Capital Region - Where History Comes Alive

Small in size but never in stature, Delaware's Capital Region is rich in history and heritage. Much of the that appeal has to do with the county's unparalleled aesthetics, be it our blend of sweeping farmland and picturesque coastal scenery, our group-friendly museums, or our well-preserved historical areas that stand as a proud testament to Delaware's key role in the founding of a nation. Visit any time of year to enjoy Kent County's small-town charm, unassuming nature, and down home hospitality everywhere from our Capital City of Dover, to Smyrna, to Harrington, to Milford and quaint waterside communities like Leipsic and Bowers Beach.

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Explore Nature at Its Best!

Kent County is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. If you are an avid birder or just a beginner, a visit to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a must! The refuge is a 16,000-acre haven along the Delaware Bay Coast filled with salt marshes, ponds, field and forests. Visitors from all over the world come to see the variety of migratory birds and waterfowl that stop and feed at the refuge. In fact this is one of the most important stops along the Atlantic Flyway! If it is hiking, biking, kayaking or canoeing that you seek, you must pay a visit to one of the many pristine state parks located in Kent County.

There are fantastic biking trails that you can take advantage of and plenty of ponds and rivers peppered throughout the county waiting to be discovered by you! If a day on the farm or a vineyard suits your taste better, well Kent County is the home to many different farms and the infamous Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery. In fact agriculture is one of Kent County's largest industries. Take a ride out to a local farm and depending on the season pick some peaches, apples or a pumpkin. There are plenty of activities to do including sheering sheep! Or take the day in and unwind at the Pizzadili Winery. With it's picturesque views and fantastic ambiance it will make you feel like you are in the vineyards of Tuscany. As you will quickly discover, Kent County truly is nature at it's best!

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Shop, Play & Stay

Enjoy a leisurely day of shopping at one of the Amish markets, or wander in one of the quaint shops located in the historic downtown regions of Dover, Milford and Smyrna, or rev things up and enjoy the adrenaline rush of driving an actual NASCAR stock car on Dover's famous Monster Mile or take in one of the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races, or test your luck at the Harrington Raceway and Casino or at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. You will find Kent County Delaware can keep you easily entertained for days.

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The Arts in Kent County

"In any of the arts, you never stop learning..." British Actress, Claire Bloom.

The arts are alive and well in Kent County, and present themselves in many forms. One would not necessarily associate Delaware's Route 9, which meanders through farmland, wetlands and other natural habitat, as having to do with the arts. On the contrary, one of Delaware's well-regarded artists, Michele Green, found Route 9 to be a spectacular source of inspiration for her canvas. Before her, nationally-reknowned Delaware artist Jack Lewis found inspiration east of Route One, painting scenes on the docks in the quaint fishing village of North Bowers Beach.

Michele painted an entire series from various points along Route 9, now designed as a Scenic Byway by the Delaware Department of Transportation. Her paintings depict scenic views and disappearing landscapes with simple titles such as "Blue Road," "Yellow Pond" and "Last Snow." Kent County, with its open spaces, country roads, fresh farms and historic towns has proven itself as wonderful source of inspiration for not only painters, but musicians and songwriters, actors, dancers, quilters and textile artisans and more.

Kent County has a lot to explore - from the Biggs Museum of American Art to the farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum - the mind's eye can be entertained for hours. History comes alive with the period costume re-enactors of the First State Heritage Park, and you won't want to miss the Schwartz Center for the Arts or the Smyrna Opera House, both recently restored venues for performing arts and film.

There are several events that celebrate the arts, including the: Central Delaware Blues and Jazz Festival held in May; Arty Gras, which kicks off Old Dover Days in May; Delmarva Folk Festival held annually in October; Delaware Book Festival in November; Wine and Music Festival in November; First Night Dover in December as well as exhibitions, performances and educational opportunities galore.

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