The Town of Smyrna commemorates its 250th anniversary in 2018 hosting many festivities with fun for the whole family. Now is the time to walk the brick sidewalks along Main and Commerce streets and visit our historic downtown: see the Smyrna Museum and Plank House at 11 S. Main Street–kids are fascinated; take the walking tour of historic homes; stop into a shop, pick up a gift or a necessity, chat with our local shopkeepers and hear some of our local Smyrna lore. Why not indulge yourself in the charming ambiance of a small shop offering customer service the way it used to be, the way it’s supposed to be. When you leave the shops, you’ll probably be thirsty and hungry, so quench your thirst at The Painted Stave or Sheridan’s Irish Pub, relax for a bite of lunch or dinner at one of our downtown restaurants–the Lemon Leaf Café, Maverick Texas BBQ, and Sheridan’s, and then enjoy a show at our historic, recently restored 1870 Smyrna Opera House with its awesome Victorian second-floor theater. While you’re traveling, feeding and resting, a destination imperative is Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge* near Smyrna on the Delaware Bay, where migrating birds feed and rest. Coming soon: The Smyrna Opera House 14th Annual Cotillion, February 10; Smyrna at Night, June 29 with lots of live music and food; and our big July 4th parade — you won’t want to miss our Citizens’ Hose Company award-winning firehouse band.
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The appeal: Smyrna is one of our recommended vacation destinations because it’s such an excellent place to unwind in truly peaceful surroundings. 2018 is the perfect time to plan that relaxing getaway because the town will be celebrating its 250th birthday with quite a few festivities, including a massive Fourth of July celebration with a parade and fireworks galore. If you’ve got other plans for the holiday, head to Smyrna a week early and catch the Smyrna at Night concert on June 29.
Stay: You can stay and play at the nearby Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, which comprises a motor speedway, casino, and hotel, not to mention an indoor pool, nightclub, and full-service spa. If you’d rather stay right in Smyrna, the Best Western Smyrna Inn is a comfortable and convenient option.
Do: Take advantage of tax-free shopping in the quaint downtown area, or spend the day strolling along the bay at Woodland Beach.
Play: Sip spirits at Painted Stave Distilling, an award-winning distillery and tasting room located inside a historical 1940s movie theater.
Eat: Fill up at Main Street Market, where you can indulge in all sorts of comfort foods, followed by hand-dipped ice cream.
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*The 16,251 acre Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Delaware Bay in Kent County near Smyrna, Delaware. Established in 1937 as a wildlife refuge, it provides feeding, resting, and breeding grounds for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. The Refuge is known internationally and attracts visitors from around the world.