When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That's what the people of Dover did when the mills and factories that built the town's economy became replaced by operations in larger cities and fell into long-abandoned disrepair. Instead of allowing the condition of the charming coastal village to worsen, locals gave it new life. The rustic old mills and factory spaces were recently given face lifts and the insides were outfitted with quaint new shops and eateries, allowing Dover to keep its warm, traditional appeal and enjoy progress at the same time.
Colleges and universities located near the city of Dover include McIntosh College, University of New Hampshire, Cocheco Arts & Technology Academy, and Atlantic Culinary Academy, to name a few.
Dover is home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, known as "The Seacoast's Leading Medical Center." As the "largest acute care hospital in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine," Wentworth-Douglass specializes in cancer care, cardiovascular services, rehabilitation, and extensive diagnostic services. The hospital also houses the Children's Center for Specialty Medicine where, through a collaboration of pediatric specialists from CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth), specialists are able to provide services for children with chronic illnesses.
It's well known Dover is popular with watercraft enthusiasts as the Bellamy and Cochecho Rivers are close by in the center of the Seacoast region. Boaters enjoy all the water access, marinas and waterfront homes with private docks. But there is considerably more to see and do in Dover than just that. One of the things the town is best known for is the Woodman Institute, a museum just under 100 years old exhibiting local and natural history, art and antiques. The oldest house in Dover along with the former residence of abolitionist Senator John P. Hale are both located on the museum grounds as well. The Woodman Institute offers a day's worth of family fun and is not to be missed by visitors. The brand new Children's Museum of New Hampshire (formerly of Portsmouth) offers children of all ages a variety of educational and fun exhibits that will set their imaginations running.
Winter sports enthusiasts will want to check out New Hampshire's own Gunstock Mountain Resort where trails range from child's play bunny slopes to black diamond trails that only the brave and experienced go for a challenge. The spring and summer months at Gunstock Mountain Resort offer plenty of opportunities for camping, horseback riding, hiking, and scenic chair lift tours to the summit of Gunstock, where visitors can witness the gorgeous views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Mount Washington.
Other points of interest for residents and visitors along the Seacoast include walking the 155-foot long Cocheco River Footbridge, watching artists and pottery makers at work at the Salmon Falls Stoneware, embarking on a winery tour and tasting at the Flag Hill Winery out in Lee, and enjoying a garden tour at Prescott Park in Portsmouth or Fuller Gardens in North Hampton.
Downtown Dover is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon with its vibrant selection of boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, coffee shops and eateries line the rustic city center. Events such as the Taste of Dover are usually held in downtown. A scenic drive down the shore or a walk along the Forsythia-lined path by the river offers sweet respite from stress. Four distinct seasons come with annual fairs, festivals and holiday events that keep the community close. For fun in the sun, snow or water, nothing beats Dover.
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