Visit The Sailing Capital Of The U.S.

When it comes to bountiful aquatic resources, Annapolis has a lot to brag about. Our rivers, streams and coves form over 533 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker, a day-tripping power boater, an adventurous sailing novice, make plans to take a historic water tour, head out to open water on a fishing trip, or find something suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Annapolis is the perfect place to spend some time on the Chesapeake.

If you’re a history buff, Annapolis belongs on your bucket list. Annapolis served as our nation’s first peacetime capital. Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes here, three of the homes can still be visited and enjoyed today. A walk down the brick-lined streets puts you in touch with four centuries of history and architecture. There are plenty of ways to learn more about an important American institution that’s based in Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy. Explore the Academy “Yard” by experiencing a guided tour or stop at one or more of the campus’ impressive attractions, including the midshipmen’s Noon Formation.

Foodie’s will enjoy the plentiful access to the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay; and an energetic, happy-to-be here pulse that reverberates throughout the area. Get cracking into a bushel of world-famous Maryland Steamed Blue Crabs or enjoy a waterfront dining experience at one of Annapolis’ waterfront restaurants. Dine outside on a rooftop or on the bustling streets in downtown. Want to go international? Enjoy casual pub fare? Experience elegant dining? Happy hour? Whatever you’re in the mood for, Annapolis delivers.

Annapolis is home to dozens of fine art galleries within walking distance of one another, including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College. There is also a thriving Arts District that features not only art galleries, but live music venues such as Maryland’s prized Rams Head on Stage, Mission Escape Room and diverse dining options.