If you go: More Dover Days details

April 29, 2010|By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun

You have enough to do just designing Rover's tricorner hat for the costumed pet parade. So we've taken care of the other details that go into planning a visit to the Dover Days Festival:

Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: The festival itself is free, but individual events charge fees ranging from pennies to up to $30 for the two-day house tour. Free events include Friday's outdoor concert, maypole dancing on the Village Green, and some children's crafts.

Getting There: Driving is the easiest, quickest and least expensive method, even taking the tolls north of Baltimore into account. Those living north of the city will head north on I-95, and then southeast on Delware Route 1. Expect to pay tolls of roughly $13 round-trip.

Residents located farther south should cross the Bay Bridge, and take Maryland 301 north to Delaware Route 300 east. After a short distance, Route 300 intersects with Highway 44. Follow 44 east until it becomes Highway 8, which runs through the heart of Dover. The only toll is the $2.50 round-trip charge for using the Bay Bridge. Festival organizers say the southern route is more scenic and lower-stress than the northerly passage.

Expect the approximately 200-mile round-trip to take about 90 minutes in each direction. With gas this week averaging $2.81, motorists will spend about $22.50 on fuel round-trip.

Parking: After arriving in Dover, follow the signs to designated parking lots. Most events at the festival itself are within walking distance, though there is a shuttle to such special events as the tea at the governor's house.

Lodging: Several hotels are offering discounts of up to 20 percent for overnight visitors, including a selection of establishments that accept cats and dogs participating in the Saturday afternoon pet parade. Room rates range from $69 plus taxes, to $185 plus taxes.

Information: For a full schedule, lodging details and other information, go to http://www.doverdaysfestival.com, or call 800-223-5368.

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