Viola is a very small community on the outskirts of the Dover metropolitan area. While there are no attractions in the town itself (a post office and church are really the only non-residential buildings there), it is a great place to base yourself if you’re hoping for a quieter adventure in the central Delaware region.
When you book an RV in Viola, you’ll have easy access to the capital region, but will be equally close to the beach and loads of great hiking opportunities. Viola is surrounded by farmland and has a certain charm and relaxed atmosphere that stands as a contrast to the bustling northern part of the state and Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The Great Outdoors
To those not familiar with this section of the eastern seaboard, Delaware has some of the best beaches on the East Coast, and most of them are within a short drive of Viola. Slaughter Beach is one of the closest and is pleasantly free of crowds, even during the height of summer. It doesn’t have a lot of the powdery sand that you might prefer for lounging, but it’s a great swimming beach or just a nice place for strolling around in the tide. It also has the DuPont Nature Center if you’re interested in learning about the marine life living nearby when you get a travel trailer rental in Viola.
A more amenity-filled beach can be found farther down Highway 1 on Rehoboth Beach. This is where visitors come for a classic beach vacation filled with boardwalk shopping, delicious seafood restaurants, and soft sand crunching between their toes. In the summertime, there are even some concerts put on at the beach’s bandstand.
Some of the best hiking and biking in the state can be found just south of Rehoboth Beach in Cape Henlopen State Park. There’s a three-mile bike loop trail that visits the park’s Seaside Nature Center (another excellent place to learn about marine life), Fort Miles (a World War II-era military installation), and the observation tower (another relic of WWII that you can climb and catch views of the beautiful Delaware Bay).
The rural character of Viola lends itself well to RV renters who are willing to drive a little to reach some out-of-the-way campsites. Killens Pond Campground is one of the closest options when you choose a camper rental in Viola. It offers electrical and water hookups along with dump station access, showers, a playground, and of course, its namesake pond. Fishing and kayaking are both popular in Killens Pond, and boat rentals are available there for a small fee. There’s also a waterpark close by with a 54’-foot-tall waterslide.
Another option is the G & R Recreation Campground just a short distance down Highway 13 from Viola. Sites there have full hookups (or just electrical if that’s your preference), volleyball and basketball courts, showers, a convenience store, and an activity hall where you can get together with family or fellow travelers. It’s also quite close to the Harrington Raceway and Casino if you’re hoping for some gaming when you get an RV rental in Viola.
If you don’t mind staying a little farther out when you rent an RV in Viola, there’s also the option of camping at the Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park Campground. This is a full amenities park which includes hookups for your Viola camper rental, a swimming pool, convenience store, and lots of themed activities on the weekends, like movie nights, craft making, and costume contests. If you’re taking a family trip to Viola, this might be a good place to consider.
Exploring the City
There’s not much to explore in town when you get a motorhome rental in Viola, but it’s only a short drive to some popular attractions in Camden and Dover. If you love car races, check out Dover International Speedway, which plays host to the NASCAR, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck races. It’s considered one of the best tracks in America to watch a race as it’s relatively small and you can see the position of each car regardless of where you’re sitting in the stands.
For those who enjoy a quirky museum that takes a deep dive into its subject matter, visit the Johnson Victrola Museum, which is also in Dover. Named after the inventor of the famed Victrola record player, the museum explores the history of the early days of the recording industry in America and is a part of the Delaware State Museum Buildings Complex that also includes a historic brick chapel and a Presbyterian Church from the 19th century.
Military history buffs will also want to make a point of checking out the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, which features a massive collection of aircraft and flight simulators where visitors can get a sense of what it’s like to pilot one of these supersonic machines. The museum is located just outside the grounds of Dover Air Force Base so you won’t require base permission to access it.