Take a drive north up Route 16 to find Dover, New Hampshire nestled along the Cocheco River. Family friendly and a cooperative spirit set Dover apart - offering a wide array of activities for the whole family. The City of Dover has had a long and colorful history spanning for centuries in its earliest days as a colonial seaport with a strong shipbuilding industry in the 18th century and boomed in the 19th century as a leading cotton goods manufacturer. The brick mills that still stand and line the Cocheco River waterfront, are a reminder of an era past. The re-purposing of these mills and a renaissance for the downtown area have preserved Dover’s historic charm while giving a new home to thriving businesses today.
A Place To Call Home For Your Family
When looking for a place to call home, you will find no better location then Dover. With exceptional schools, vibrant parks, and recreation opportunities, premier medical facilities and community events, no moss grows here. There is fun for the whole family to enjoy year-round. Dover is home to one of the nicest Children’s Museums - the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. With two floors of custom-created interactive exhibits for children of all ages, the Children’s Museum is a great educational environment to let the imagination soar.
Swim in one of the two public pools, explore numerous public parks - including a skate park, ball fields, and an ice arena. Garrison Hill Tower gives visitors a bird’s eye view of Dover and a great hill for sledding or rolling in the grass.
A Flair for the Arts
The collaborative spirit of Dover is evident when looking at all Dover has to offer. Developing the Cochecho Riverwalk and all of the outdoor venues like Henry Law Park and the Rotary Arts Pavillion which are home events all summer long makes Dover the place to be in the summer months.
Most notably, Dover is known for the Cochecho Arts Festival. As part of the Cocheco Arts Festival, they offer a concert series for kids as well as theatre in the park, farmers market and the Dover Art Walk.
Love music in the park on a warm summer night? The Rotary Arts Pavilion is bustling with outdoor activities in the summer including performances by the Dover Community Band.
What are you in the mood for? Whatever your preference, Dover has you covered. From casual to formal Dover has dining options for every occasion. Formal dining? Enjoy a meal by award-winning Chef Evan Hennessey at Stages restaurant located in the upper level of a converted mill along the waterfront. Looking for something with a little more local feel? Listen to live music, enjoy local fare and a brew at Dover Brickhouse.
Take a Walk in History
Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire. As such, its rich history is evident around every turn. Take a walking tour along the streets that follow the circle in downtown and you will see some of the city’s oldest homes. One of the largest of these historic structures is the Cochecho Mills which have been renovated to be multifunctional spaces - home to businesses and residents alike.
To learn more about Dover’s rich history, stop by the beautiful Dover Public Library. Established in 1883, Dover Public Library has a long history of private and subscription Libraries. The building it calls home now was constructed on Locust Street by the generosity of Andrew Carnegie and Franklin Academy trustees. Construction began in 1903 and the building was finished in July of 1905. It maintains all of its turn of the century charm today and whether you are a fan of historic architecture or in search of history in its stacks - Dover Public Library is a gem to behold.
Check out Woodman Institute Museum, a proud member of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, which prides itself on “preserving and exhibiting objects of historical significance, decorative and fine art and natural science that connects Dover to its citizens to...the world.”
Location, Location, Location
You are never far from the attractions in the region when you are in Dover. You are an hour from Boston, Portland, ME, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Lake Winnipesaukee. With round-trip bus service provided by C&J Busline to Boston, Logan International Airport and New York City and the Amtrak Downeaster taking you north into Maine or South toward Boston, everything is close when you live in Dover.
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