The 10 Best Things to Do in Smyrna, United States

July 18, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.
Restaurants in Smyrna

1. Air Mobility Command Museum

1301 Heritage Rd, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19902 +1 302-677-5938
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 673 reviews

Air Mobility Command Museum

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.

Reviewed By Dylanj23

I would like to start off by saying that the museum was fantastic and I highly recommend it. However, the museum is not very service dog friendly. My wife has a service dog, not an emotional support animal, and her service dog has to be with her at all times. When we were viewing the outside aircraft, we were stopped by a museum representive who spoke to me and not my wife about her service animal. He told us that she wouldn't be able to go aboard the aircraft with him because of the "unpredictability of dogs". He then asked if her service animal needs to with her at all times and if she could leave him off of the aircraft while she toured the aircraft. She told him that yes he does need to be with her at all times and she wouldn't be able to experience the aircraft without him. The museum representive then proceeded to share a story of a pet on a commercial flight had bitten a baby on the flight. He used this as an excuse to not allow my wife and her service dog to tour the aircraft. It felt to us that he was using prejudices against dogs to not allow my wife's service animal to be with her while we toured the airplanes.

He broke ADA regulations by asking questions about her service animal and not allowing them to tour the planes. If you have a service animal, expect to be exluded from the full learning experience of the museum.

2. Historic Odessa Foundation

201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2007 +1 302-378-4119
Excellent
80%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 25 reviews

Historic Odessa Foundation

Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, in colonial times, a busy grain shipping port known as Cantwell's Bridge. Stroll its tree-lined streets. Tour the beautifully restored 18th and 19th-century houses. Wander through picturesque gardens. Dine at the historic Cantwell's Tavern, welcoming guests just as it did nearly 200 years ago. Feel free to explore our five buildings, nearly 30 acres of surrounding landscape, outbuildings and gardens. Don't miss an outstanding collection of household furnishings, fine and decorative arts. Many pieces of original family furniture made by prominent Delaware cabinetmakers of the 18th century; the collections include major works of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver, pewter, and other metals. The Foundation's collection is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest examples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship. Open March - December; January and February by reservation.

Reviewed By Oliver S - New York City, New York

Please do not repeat my mistake: I was there on a Monday and the Historical Society conducting free tours was closed. We walked around and took photos, but from what we saw, most of the historical houses had signs “Private” which makes it highly unlikely to be open for visits. We had drinks at Cantwell's Tavern (separate review) and decided to come back another time for the Houses Tour
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3. Painted Stave Distilling

106 W Commerce St, Smyrna, DE 19977-1119 +1 302-653-6834
Excellent
77%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Painted Stave Distilling

Painted Stave Distilling crafts premium spirits in small batches by utilizing only the best ingredients sourced from regional farms, and by blending traditions of the past with today's creativity and state-of-the-art technology. Housed in a 1940s era movie theater, Painted Stave Distilling operates in the spirit of tradition to patiently fashion noteworthy spirits to be shared and savored with our friends. Open for Tours and Tastings Fridays 4pm to 9pm, Saturdays Noon to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm.

Reviewed By Joe G - Newark, Delaware

Stopped by TPS on the way home from the beach.. did the tour and tasting with Mike and Ron, very interesting and informative. Very impressed with what they are producing... Seems like it will be a regular stop when down in the area :) Grab...MoreGlad you found us and enjoyed your stop. Looking forward to seeing you again!

4. 3 Palms Zoo

924 Blackbird Forest Rd, Clayton, DE 19938-9742 +1 302-715-1326
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

3 Palms Zoo

We are Delaware's only hands on, interactive petting Zoo! Here guests can socialize with exotic, wild & domestic animals in a lush garden surrounding. Our petting zoo is a fun learning experience for kids of all ages. We are Delaware's only petting Zoo that lets you get up close and personal with exotic animals. We offer hand feeding and petting of Llamas, Alpaca, Goats, Ducks, Sheep, Geese, Donkey, Chickens, Pigs & Mini Pigs, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hedgehog, Turtles, Ferret, and an Emu. We also house a Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk, Turkeys, Turtles, many rare & exotic birds, and Delaware's only Alligator! Our Asia Aviary is home to Red jungle fowl, Peacocks, Exotic Pheasants, Black Sumatras, Mandarin Ducks, Indian Peacock Pigeons, and Partridge. Migratory Waterfowl, Pheasants, Turtles, and Cackling Geese call the North American Habitat home. Finally our new Africa Habitat houses a pair of White Faced Whistling Tree Ducks, Guinea Fowl, Side-Neck Turtles, and our Hedgehog. Farm fresh Chicken & Duck eggs usually available for sale! We also offer tours of our display gardens. Visitors are able to see hardy palms, yucca, bamboo, and exotics in a lush tropical atmosphere. Our display gardens feature thousands of rare and exotic plants not often seen in casual gardens. 3 Palms display gardens feature plants from all around the world which include: desert, alpine, tropic, woodland, Asian, and many others.

Reviewed By Dansjen - Delmarva Peninsula

We went for the first time. It's a small zoo, but special with a lot of heart! The staff were wonderful. They didn't look over your shoulder but were easy to find to ask a question. The animals all seem healthy and well cared for.

The admission cost is very reasonable and we were given a big "bouquet" of bamboo to feed the animals. I think all the animals had names that were posted which was fun.

I really appreciated the gift shop offerings as they were so inexpensive. One of my favorites were the peacock feathers at $1 each. Beautiful.

The parking is pretty casual. It's a grassy lot right across the road from the entrance.

You need to go and check it our for yourself. : )

5. Johnson Victrola Museum

375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901 +1 302-739-3262
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 100 reviews

Johnson Victrola Museum

Named in honor of local inventor E.R. Johnson, this museum explores the sound recording industry from its beginnings and includes displays of early talking machines, records and other relics from the 1890s to 1929.

Reviewed By Wanderlust777 - Baltimore, Maryland

This was an extraordinary experience because of the great tour offered by our docent. She explained the family and business history of the Victor company, which is full of fascinating people and events. Listening to 100-year-old records on equally old Victrolas was also a high point of the tour. Both my husband and I enjoyed the museum thoroughly and came away with a much better appreciation of the roots of the modern-day recording industry.

6. Blue Earl Brewing Company

210 Artisan Dr, Smyrna, DE 19977-3715
Excellent
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Blue Earl Brewing Company

Reviewed By ShirleyGirl2014 - Dover, Delaware

This place also host food trucks and local musicians on the weekends. Simple and done right! a fantastic variety of brews from their micro brewery.

7. Dover International Speedway

1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901-2008 +1 800-441-7223
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

Dover International Speedway

The venue for popular races like the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series, it is considered, by many, to be one of the best tracks in the U.S..

Reviewed By Mariah H

Saw my very first NASCAR race at Dover Speedway and fell in love with racing. The sounds of the engines and the beauty of the track was just something I never experienced before. I loved all the activities and performances they have going on well before the race starts so you can make it an all day event!

8. Smyrna Rest Area

5500 Dupont Pkwy, Smyrna, DE 19977-9206 +1 302-659-6750
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Smyrna Rest Area

Reviewed By JPeterson1327

A new play ground, vending matching, walkways and clean restrooms make this a great stop when passing through the state. Not a bad place for a picnic with small children as well. Semi Parking, Electric charging for Hybrid vehicles, and a small visitor center.

9. Dover Downs Casino

1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901-2008 +1 302-674-4600
Excellent
48%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 862 reviews

Dover Downs Casino

A huge entertainment venue that features horse racing, a hotel and restaurant, plus 2,000 slot machines ranging from a nickel to $50 per play.

Reviewed By DannyWasserman - Virginia Beach, Virginia

We are not casino people, nor do we do a lot of gambling, however playing the slots and other small denomination activities are right up are alley. The place has a friendly atmosphere and the staff is very cordial. We would definitely go back in the future when driving up Route 13

10. Woodland Beach

100 Beach Ave, Smyrna, DE 19977-3238
Excellent
26%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 26 reviews

Woodland Beach

Reviewed By DelMarVaJohn - Dover, Delaware

Small beach and I've never tried swimming here, but there is a terrific pier that extends into the Delaware River (or is it the Bay at this location?) great for fishing, watching the sun rise, or just the boats passing by. Never crowded. It's also at the end of an interesting ride out though the mashes on Delaware 6.

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