Most visitors come to Annapolis as one of their stops while visiting the Nation’s Capital and the City of Baltimore. The iconic U.S. Naval Academy is the primary attraction for most visitors, but as they find their way to City Dock, Main Street or Maryland Avenue for a bite to eat or window shopping, it becomes obvious that there is so much more to experience in this historic town that is considered a “Museum Without Walls”.
If you find architecture and history to be of interest, Annapolis has plenty to offer. The town is home to four houses previously owned by signers of the Declaration of Independence, three of which are open to the public to tour and enjoy. Annapolis is also known for having more 18th century buildings than any other town in the United States that are still occupied by businesses and residents.
Along with the history, which includes the country’s oldest State Capital building in continuous use, it is also known as America’s Sailing Capital. Along with international sailing regattas, the local sailing community is vibrant throughout the year with weekly sailboat races and on-the-water events. And if you don’t arrive by boat, you can discover several options to get out on the water such as paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing charters, powerboats and sailboats. There is even a pirate ship option for the whole family to enjoy. During the warmer months of the year, a number of daily tours are offered on boats including the Schooner Woodwind sailing vessel, water taxis, electric rental boats and cruise boats. While enjoying the City Dock area, it’s hard not to experience “Ego Alley” as boaters who sail or motor in this narrow strip of water display their vessels to those on the dock. Every October, Ego Alley and the harbor are a boat lover’s dream as City Dock is transformed for the annual, internationally acclaimed, US Powerboat and US Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat shows in the country.
Autumn is also time for the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, now in its 34th year, and Navy Football, the pageantry of college Football at its finest. As for after-hours, Annapolis’ casual nightlife features a wide variety of restaurants and pubs, many that have been open and serving patrons since the 18th century, offering up the unique taste of the Chesapeake, along with options for American and International cuisine.
With so much to see and do, you will find that an extended stay can easily be filled with shopping, dining, entertainment, culture, on the water adventures, history and more. Want to discover more… your moment awaits at VisitAnnapolis.org.
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