Annapolis, Maryland’s state capital, boasts a rich maritime heritage mingled with abundant and spectacular parks, fabulous museums and historic sites, chic specialty shops, and other attractions. Located on the banks of the Severn River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is “America’s Sailing Capital” and home of the U.S. Naval Academy. And, it has more 18th-century buildings still in use than in any other U.S. city. Be sure to walk along the red-brick streets near City Dock; visit a local pub; stop by a gallery; take advantage of the plentiful choices for recreation on the bay, including boating and fishing.
No visit to Annapolis is complete without a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy. Don’t miss the newly renovated chapel and its massive pipe organ. The Naval Academy Museum features more than 50,000 artifacts and is home to the famous Gallery of Ships. And, of course, you have to get out on the water. You can enjoy a two-hour cruise aboard a 74-foot schooner, charter a boat for the day, or unwind on a boat and breakfast getaway. If you don’t have time for a cruise, at least take a water taxi. While Annapolis is a walkable city, sometimes the quickest way to get from point A to point B in America’s Sailing Capital is to hop aboard a water taxi. Use one to get from City Dock to Eastport for an enjoyable meal along Restaurant Row or drop anchor across from the Naval Academy.
Another great way to get around town is by e-Cruiser. The six-passenger, environmentally-friendly vehicles provide complimentary transportation to riders who flag them down for a quick and easy ride to attractions and restaurants. Or, if you want to cycle throughout the Historic District without breaking a sweat, rent a Green Pedals electric bike. Be sure to make a stop at the Maryland State House, the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. It is also the only state house in the country that also served as the nation’s capitol. You will also want to save time for a visit to William Paca Garden. The two-acre, reconstructed 18th-century pleasure garden is an oasis in the heart of Annapolis, located behind the National Historic Landmark home of Declaration of Independence signer William Paca.
Restaurants serving up nature’s bounty dot the more than 400 miles of shoreline that weave their way throughout Anne Arundel County. Favorites like Mike’s Restaurant and Crab House, Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Skipper’s Pier, and others help contribute to the claim that some 3.9 million crabs are consumed here each year. The Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast held at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium the first Friday in August each year is recognized as the largest crab feast in the world.
If you’re here on a weekend, be sure and catch Summer at City Dock performances that bring street performers and musicians to Annapolis’ waterfront every Sunday from noon until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays on holiday weekends. On Wednesday nights don’t miss the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races that run from the end of April through the second Wednesday in September.
The lifestyle of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is laid-back with a taste of big-city excitement. Located between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, Anne Arundel County attractions combine small-town accessibility with a cosmopolitan flair.
The closest major airport (17 miles from the city center) is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Airport).
Though Annapolis is rich in history there’s plenty of other things to see and do throughout the city. If you’re into the arts, check out a performance by the Annapolis orchestra symphony, Annapolis Opera or the Colonial Players of Annapolis. Annapolis also offers an array of different sightseeing attractions from its historic buildings, to the walking and Discover Annapolis tours, to their wonderful carriage rides around the city. One thing is for certain, you’ll always find something to do in this lovely city.