Annapolis Things To Do
Explore the city on walking tours of the historic landmarks, including the United States Naval Academy, Maryland State House and Annapolis Maritime Museum. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Annapolis and browse unique shops and wonderful seafood restaurants. When you stay at the Historic Inns of Annapolis hotels, you are steps away from all the legendary attractions and fun things to do in Annapolis - America's Sailing Capital.
Maryland State House -Completed in 1779, the Maryland State House in downtown Annapolis is a truly unique historic landmark. It is longest running capitol in the United States that is still open today for legislative business. The Maryland State House is also the only capitol building in the country that served as the capital of the United States. Tours of the Maryland State House are offered daily, excluding Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day. Visit http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html.
Take the War of 1812 Walking TourThe City of Annapolis will host the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the War of 1812. This War was the first test of the new nation and solidified the perception amongst the citizens that they were part of the United States of America.
During the War, Francis Scott Key composed the "Star Spangled Banner" while the British bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. Francis Scott Key was an alumnus of St. John's College, one of 10 stops on a walking tour, which also includes the United States Naval Academy.
Chesapeake Bay- Chesapeake Bay is an important waterway that spans 200 miles between Maryland and Virginia and into the Atlantic Ocean. The Sailing Capital of America, Chesapeake Bay offers a myriad of recreational opportunities like sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing. A vital ecosystem and the largest estuary in the country, Chesapeake Bay is home to hundreds of species of marine life. Chesapeake Bay produces delicious seafood such as striped bass, crabs and oysters for which Maryland is famous. Walk over to City Dock in the historic district on Annapolis Harbor and hop on the tour boats, sailboats, sightseeing cruises and water taxis on the Bay. Visit www.baydreaming.com. Historic London Town & Gardens - A 17th - 18th century township, Historic London Town & Gardens is now a lush 23-acre park in Edgewater, Maryland, near Annapolis. The beautiful grounds feature an 8-acre woodland garden, the Richard Hill medicinal plants garden, a pavilion for special events, and the William Brown House museum and National Historic Landmark. Historic London Town & Gardens is part of the Lost Towns archeological project. Tours of Historic London Town & Gardens are fun things to do with kids in Annapolis. Visit www.historiclondontown.org.
Rams Head On Stage -The top concert and live entertainment venue in Annapolis, Rams Head On Stage hosts a variety of exciting concerts in downtown Annapolis. This popular nightclub seats up to 500 fans. This downtown venue attracts musical artists in every genre ranging from rock and roll to jazz, to blues, soul, and classics. Most Rams Head On Stage events are for music fans age 21 or older, unless posted. For upcoming concerts, visit http://www.ramsheadtavern.com/annapolis/onstage.html.
Capital City Colonials -Step back in time to colonial Annapolis with the Capital City Colonials professional touring company. The company specializes in historic walking tours of Annapolis, Maryland. Guides dressed in Colonial costumes add an exciting and entertaining element to the tour experience, sharing stories of the city's rich past. Popular tours offered through Capital City Colonials include: Annapolis-in-an-Hour, Annapolis Food & History Tour, Historic District 101, and Grand Houses. This is one of the most fun things to do in Annapolis. Visit www.capitalcitycolonials.com.
Annapolis Maritime Museum -Maryland's rich nautical history comes to life at the Annapolis Maritime Museum located on Back Creek, minutes from Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis Harbor. The museum is situated at the site of the region's last oyster packing plant, offering a lively interpretation of the importance of marine harvesting in the economic development of towns lining the Chesapeake Bay. An exciting excursion offered at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse adventure tour. Visit www.amaritime.org.
St. Mary's Church -The Gothic-style St. Mary's Church in the Historic District of Annapolis was built in the mid-1800s. The 7,000-square foot church features beautifully arched ceilings and an impressive wooden altarpiece featuring five statues of important religious significance. The tranquil Mary's Garden of herbs and flowers provides a peaceful sanctuary in the city. Sty. Mary's Church also features a Parish Library stocked with resource materials aimed at enhancing spiritual growth. Mass is celebrated daily at St. Mary's Church. Visit www.stmaryschurch.org.
University of Maryland -Home to 35,000 students, the University of Maryland is the largest university in Maryland and ranks 11th among the nation's best public universities. The University offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional studies in 14 colleges and schools.
Located in College Park, the UMD campus offers a stimulating environment for learning and cultural activities. The University of Maryland sports teams have won numerous NCAA championships in recent years. Situated on 150 acres of rolling hills and hardwoods, University of Maryland Golf Course is a sanctuary for students and golfers offers instruction by PGA pros. Visit www.umd.edu.