aLongacre Village in Dover, Delaware offers charming homes with picturesque curb appeal.
Longacre Village in Dover, Delaware offers charming homes with picturesque curb appeal.

As the country’s first state, Delaware is rich in American history, yet it also boasts plenty of modern appeal. Both tourists and relocating retirees can enjoy charming historic sites and museums, diverse retail centers, nearby beaches and exciting attractions like casinos, raceways and annual festivals.

Located in Central Delaware, Dover is both the state capital and the county seat of Kent County. It is set on the Saint Jones River, just minutes from the Delaware Bay and about an hour north of well-known coastal towns like Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. From Lewes, travelers can also take a ferry ride over to Cape May, New Jersey.

The Dover area has a relatively mild climate which experiences four distinct seasons. The summer months tend to be hot and humid with average daytime temperatures in the mid- to high 80s. Although winter can bring occasional snow, it is usually light and doesn’t last long. Winter days tend to come with temperatures in the mid- to high 40s and nights which can often fall below freezing.

Vacationers and residents alike can enjoy tax-free shopping, dining and entertainment throughout the state. Outlet malls offer even greater savings at nearby locations like Queenstown Premium Outlets or Tanger Outlets at Rehoboth Beach. Thrifty visitors can also enjoy visiting Dover’s many free museums, like The Old State House, the Johnson Victrola Museum and the Air Mobility Command Museum.

Delaware’s Wine and Ale Trail includes 12 wineries and breweries stretching along the length of the small state. In the Dover area alone, visitors can enjoy tours and tastings at Fordham Brewing Company, Old Dominion Brewing and Pizzadilli Vineyard and Winery. In addition to wine and beer tastings, visitors may also want to check out the area’s quaint Amish shops, art galleries and historic walking tours.

A range of exciting attractions await visitors and locals alike at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. This luxurious getaway features casinos, live harness racing, fabulous shops and restaurants, and a rejuvenating day spa. Heart-pounding entertainment is on hand at the Dover International Speedway with NASCAR racing, and visitors can enjoy many annual events as well, such as the Dover Days Festival and the Firefly Music Festival.

Active adults planning to relocate to Delaware can find many appealing age-restricted and age-targeted communities throughout the area. In the heart of Dover, communities like Noble's Pond and Longacre Village offer beautiful homes and small-town charm. Spring Meadow, in Smyrna, and Champion's Club at Jonathan's Landing, in Magnolia, also offer amenity-rich clubhouses and new construction homes not far from Dover’s many attractions.

The Dover area offers a prime location not far from beaches, casinos, outlet malls, museums and other exciting attractions. With its tax-free shopping, scenic charm and appealing communities, it’s easy to see why Delaware has been gaining popularity with active adult retirees.