There are so many things to see and do within the delightful dichotomy of historic attractions and waterfront revelry in Annapolis, Maryland, starting with its number one attraction. Take a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy, a United States institution that has been educating brilliant military leaders since 1845. Don’t miss their impressive formation march at lunchtime. Plus, if you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to see a Naval Academy Band performance for the public!
Want to enjoy pretty things while you learn about some of our country’s most intriguing history? Annapolis has it all. There is charming, historic Main Street, filled to the gills with quaint row houses converted into a myriad of tempting restaurants, galleries full of eye candy and enchanting shops; as well as the 18th Century Georgian mansion that was once home to William Paca, who was signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to the First Continental Congress, governor of Maryland and district judge of the United States. Then take a step back in time when you visit lovely St. Anne’s Church and immerse yourself in its storied history.
Or focus on the sea. Take a sailing lesson. Then go yacht spotting on the Ego Alley Waterway. Opt for a seafood crawl, visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum or happily wipe the butter off your chin at one of Annapolis’ infamous crab houses.
And there’s so much more! Meander through the 340 picturesque acres at Quiet Waters Park and Gardens. Take advantage of free admission to the Banneker-Douglas Museum, named for black scientist and social crusader Frederick Douglas. Then hop on over to Great Frog Winery and tour the Maryland State House which is the oldest State House still in legislative use.
If you enjoy history at its best, engaging waterfront communities and bountiful beauty, the world is your oyster in Annapolis, Maryland.