Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, a state in the United States of America.
Annapolis has a thriving historic district with shops and restaurants along the waterfront. Most of the buildings are original 17th, 18th and 19th century, with brick lined streets. Tourism from the surrounding Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro area is a major part of the town's life, as is a thriving boat business. One could easily spend a day walking around the town's downtown harbor area shopping and eating. There is also a lively nighttime scene.
- Many major air carriers fly to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI), in Linthicum, Maryland, only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Annapolis.
- MTA Maryland, . MTA Maryland operates rush-hour commuter bus service (routes 220  and 230 ) to Annapolis from Washington, D.C.; this service travels from Annapolis in the morning and to Annapolis in the afternoon and evening. A new commuter bus (Route 210) https://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/Route210EffMar1-2017.pdf started in March 2017 that goes from Annapolis (and Kent Island) to downtown Baltimore in the morning and returns to Annapolis from Baltimore in the afternoon. They also operate local bus service (route 14 ) to Annapolis from the Patapsco light rail station in Baltimore; this service operates all day. edit
- Annapolis Harbormaster (City Dock), 1 Dock Street, ☎ 410-263-7973 ([email protected], fax: 410-295-9018), . Summer 8am-8pm; Winter 8am-4pm. Dock space and moorings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A Watch Commander is on duty and available by phone when the office is open; The Harbormaster can be contacted on VHF channel 09 or 17. City Dock has public spaces with wide slips and 30 & 50 amps service. Dock by the hour or day, depending on location. There are also docks available at St. Mary's Cove, Spa Creek, Back Creek, and others; the last two can get to City Dock using the water taxi service ($3+). Check-out time is 12 pm. edit
The first place you should stop in when you are in Annapolis is the Visitors Center , 26 West Street, 888-302-2852, 9AM-5PM, Monday through Sunday, the official destination marketing organization of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Come in for area maps, restroom, restaurant menus, and tours and tour schedule.
The most economic way of enjoying Annapolis would be getting around on foot. There are plenty of parking spaces available during less crowded times, such as during the winter months and weekdays after work hours. They are easy to find by following either the parking signs to a parking garage or looking around the harbor area for metered spots which can be held for up to two hours. Bicycles are also an option to bring along, but generally wouldn't be needed for a day of sightseeing in the harbor area.
Tourist maps are available at many downtown establishments, usually highlighting map sponsors as places to visit, but also including most places of interest as a not-to-scale reference. Any local Annapolitan would be more than happy to give short directions, or even a tip on where to eat.
During the busier times, a parking place will be a bit harder to find, but patience is usually rewarded. If needing extended transport, a bus line does traverse Annapolis at various locations. Though, the Annapolis Transit buses have a tendency to run off schedule and are often extremely early or extremely late; plan extra time if using the buses. Weekend nights, you will also find more than enough taxis available at the base of Main Street.
Uber is also a safe, affordable, and reliable option to get around town. There is a large Uber presence in the city itself both day and night. It is as simple as downloading the Uber application on any smart phone and syncing a payment method.
- Annapolis City Dock (Ego Alley), 1 Dock Street, . A scenic marina on the Annapolis waterfront, good for walking, shopping, dining, and ship-watching. You can regularly see Naval Academy midshipmen here in uniform on the weekend, coming down to relax and with visiting friends. On the weekends, you can also expect to hear various free musical performances from locals such as the band Little Bird. However you arrive, this is a central location to begin a walking tour of the downtown area. edit
View of the City Dock of Annapolis.
Boardwalk at City Dock overlooking the Annapolis harbor.
- Hammond-Harwood House is one of a series of historical homes open for tours. This treasure of a colonial mansion was designed by architect William Buckland and built in 1774. See colonial-era architecture and 18th century period furnishings including furniture produced by cabinet maker John Shaw, and paintings by portrait painter, Charles Willson Peale.
- Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, (next to Market House at City Dock), . 24/7. This public waterfront memorial of Alex Haley, author of the book "Roots," marks the spot where protagonist Kunta Kinte first arrived in this country in 1767. He came aboard a slave ship from Gambia, Africa, named the Lord Ligonier. "Roots" is notable as a 1970s TV mini-series as well as the biographical novel on which the series was based. It is comprised of a sculpture group, a wall, and a compass rose, located in the public plaza adjacent to Market House (25 Market St; aka Market Place Shopping Center) and at the innermost end of City Dock. (38.977639,-76.487032) edit
- The Maryland State House was the capitol of the United States from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. In that State House, oldest in the nation still in legislative use, General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress. There, on January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War. From there, the Annapolis convention issued the call to the states that led to the Constitutional Convention.
A historic street of Annapolis with the State House in the background.
- Sandy Point State Park  is 19 km (12 mi) from central Annapolis. Activities include swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating and windsurfing. The park's beaches and picnic areas provide views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Admission per person starts at $4.
- Visitors Center , 26 West Street, 888-302-2852, 9AM-5PM, M-Su, the official destination marketing organization of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Come in for area maps, restroom, restaurant menus, and tours and tour schedule.
- William Paca House is one of the most interesting historical home tours due to its fabulously restored gardens.
- The Hall of Presidents Before Washington, The Westin Hotel- 100 Westgate Circle, . Open 24 hours everyday. Free exhibit featuring 14 presidents before George Washington during Articles of Confederation from 1774 to 1789 in the Westin Hotel near the Annapolis waterfront. Free. edit
- St. Mary's Catholic Church is located on 109 Duke of Gloucester Street. Th church is Roman Catholic and wasfounded by the Redemptorists in 1853. Famous for its painted night sky scene of stars on the high arched ceiling with white rib-looking beams, the church is filled with aesthetically pleasing art, design, and architecture. The church spire topped with a gilded cross is an iconic silhouette of the Annapolis skyline and can be seen from almost all locations in the city.
- Charles Carroll House is located on the grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Charles Carroll House is the historic residence of the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence Charles Carroll. The house is open to public tours on Saturdays and Sundays from early June through September. The gardens are located behind the house and look over Spa Creek.
- Annapolis Maritime Museum is located on 723 Second Street. The museum offers a tour aimed at learning about bay ecology and the connection between economy and ecology, specifically relating to oysters. Staff is available to answer any questions and help guide you on your tour. Admission is $2 per person.
- St. John's College is located on 60 College avenue and is a private liberal arts college known for its curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization. The college is both rich in history and knowledge. Many visit the college to see the campus including the acres of trees and historic brick buildings.
- The United States Naval Academy Bridge spans over the Severn River and connects downtown Annapolis to Ritchie Highway. The bridge offers one of the best views of Annapolis – the Naval Academy, Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, downtown, and the countless sails of sailboats on the water. It is a great place to take scenic photos of Annapolis as a whole. For the best photos, park your car on either side of the bridge and walk to the highest point. There are sidewalks on the bridge so walking on it is completely safe.
- Woodwind Schooner Annapolis is the sailing capital of the United States (there's a sign saying so right before the Eastport Bridge), so you must go sailing while in Annapolis. The easiest way is to take a 2 hour cruise aboard the Schooner Woodwind which departs a few times daily from the dock at the Marriott Hotel. You can raise the sails, take the helm, watch for crab pots, see the sunset and experience Annapolis from the water. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available. Feel free to bring your lunch. And bring a camera, a good hat and soft-soled shoes.
- Sandy Point State Park - Another great thing to do is go to Sandy Point State Park and look at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It provides spectacular views and also a view of an old lighthouse in the middle of the Chesapeake.
- Explore the historic district of Annapolis by foot. Walk with the colonial-clad guides of the Capital City Colonials  as they tour you about town explaining the history, buildings, and colonial life in Annapolis' golden age.
- Watermark Cruises located on 1 Dock Street offers a variety of cruises and tours departing from historic downtown Annapolis. Cruises vary from 40 to 90 minute and explore areas such as Spa Creek, the Severn River, and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as longer excursions to destination such as St. Michael’s and lighthouses on the Chesapeake. Every Watermark tour is narrated with descriptions of the views and the history. There are a variety of different boats to choose from ranging in size and design. All of Watermark’s cruises are pet friendly and equipped with a full cash bar and refreshments. Special Event cruises are also offered such as firework cruises, Wednesday night sailing races, concert fundraisers, and much more. Prices vary depending on cruise.
- Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake located on 311 3rd Street is a pirate cruise that explores the Annapolis harbor and Chesapeake Bay. The cruise is targeted to children ages 3– 9. Parents can enjoy the cruise also while the kids learn the rules at sea, read treasure maps, battle with water canons, and search for the sunken treasure. Tickets are $22 per person and $12 for ages 3 and under.
- Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is located on 143 Compromise Street. The local community theatre is entirely run by volunteers of all ages. The unique and intimate theatre setting allows for a night of entertainment under the stars. Each summer, the theatre produces three musical theatre shows. Tickets can be purchased on the website as well as at the box office.
- Kayak Annapolis LLC. offers an easygoing, educational, fun, and exciting guided kayak tour through the waterways of Annapolis. The tour last approximately 2 hours and visits destinations such as the City Dock, Spa Creek, Eastport, United States Naval Academy. A tour guide accompanies the tourists the entire time and can answer any questions.
- Discover Annapolis Trolley Tours offers 60 and 40 minute tours of historic downtown Annapolis. Some points of interested the tour explores are city dock, the Maryland State House, United States Naval Academy, colonial mansions, sailboats, and much more! Each tour is narrator by a live tour guide. Tickets range from $3-18.
- Scenic Drives- Although Marylanders love the Chesapeake Bay, the majority of waterfront property is privately owned. As a result, very few scenic drives exist in Annapolis. The closest thing to an open drive is through Bay Ridge at the end of Forest Drive.
- Navy Football - Although largely dormant since Roger Staubach's days, Navy football has enjoyed a Renaissance under Paul Johnson, and current coach Ken Niumatalolo. Still, even in a good season, the mids and their chants can be more entertaining than the on-field activities. Although stadium seating is often available, families with kids are known to prefer the North end-zone, which is a grassy hill. The list of battles in which USNA alumni participated is always impressive, and leaves a strong impression. Be sure to be inside the stadium for march-on and for the weather-permitting flyovers.
- Visit the Naval Academy. It is an interesting attraction.
- Tour historic downtown Annapolis.
- Visit the Maryland State House, the oldest continuously-operating State Capitol building in the United States.
- Tour the Governor's Mansion.
- Have some delicious Maryland Crabs and Crab cakes.
- There are many, many shops catering to all tastes in historic downtown Annapolis and it is very easy to just take a stroll and look around at what there is to see. Many shops in downtown Annapolis tend to be fairly expensive and others cater to the tourists. Most of the shops can be found on Main Street or Historic Maryland Avenue.
- Westfield Annapolis Mall is on Bestgate Road and is the largest mall in the state and has a great selection.
- Cantler's Riverside Inn, . One of the best seafood restaurants in the area. About 15 minutes outside of town nestled on the backwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. You can arrive by boat or car. Cantler's is an authentic Maryland Family Style seafood restaurant where you sit at park benches and eat shoulder to shoulder with everyone. Steamed crabs are a favorite but so are lots of local, freshly-caught seafood choices. Cantler's is an Annapolis family-run institution. Try their soft crab sandwich, which is a whole crab with shell and an all but very soft and very delicious.
- Joss Cafe. The "in the know" sushi spot in Annapolis. Small, generally crowded and no reservations available. Located towards the top of Main Street on the left. Best sushi in town. Go to Nano's for Chinese food but stick to Joss for sushi.
- Severn Inn is located on 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. directly across from the Naval Academy. Some of the best views in the city complement a reasonably priced gourmet seafood menu. The restaurant offers lunch, pub, and dinner menus as well as a buffet brunch on Sundays. Overall, the food and service consistently deliver.
- O'Leary's Seafood in Eastport is by far the best seafood restaurant in the area. It is consistently ranked as one of the Washington, DC area's top 100 restaurants. It is on the more expensive side and has an upscale and high class atmosphere.
- Pusser's is right on the water, and a great place to get a couple of drinks on the harbor. Pusser's is also a prime spot to watch fireworks on 4th of July and New Year's Eve. Try their Painkiller mixed drink, a locally famous one that will quickly put you in the mood. They have one of the best crab dip appetizers in town and many Caribbean inspired dishes. It is also located on Ego Alley so it is scenic spot to watch locals bring their boats through as well as listen to live acoustic music on the weekends.
- Tsunami on West Street, just of Church Circle is home to delicious Asian and Indian food, known for their $5 lunch bowls.
- Pip's Dock Street Dogs is on Dock Street and has many different specialty hot dogs and sausages. It is good value and delicious. When you walk past the store you will not be able to resist the delicious smells of street food.
- Buddy's is located at the bottom of Main Street and is home to good food with low prices. Watch out for specials like the $14.99 Main Lobster Feast. Though it advertises having the best crabs in town, it is mainly a tourist attraction. The food is average, but not spectacular. If you are looking for famous Maryland Crab dishes there are other local places that can give you a much better experience.
- Sofi's Crepes is on Craig Street, close to the City Dock and home to delicious, fresh crepes made right in front of you. The selection is fairly large from sweet to savory. It is a great choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Mangia is at the bottom of Main Street, on the circle and home to good Italian food and delicious pizza.
- Maria's is on Market Space, near the City Dock and home to delicious Sicilian food, though it can be somewhat pricey.
- Osteria is on the corner of Main Street and Conduit Street. It is formal and fairly expensive. Wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere. Excellent bar with a world renowned bar tender.
- Harry Browne's, 66 State Circle (directly across from the Maryland State House), ☎ 410-263-4332, . The place for Annapolis insiders on State Circle. Often frequented by visiting politicians, a tourist shouldn't let the minor celebritology stand in the way of what is Annapolis's finest restaurant. The bar upstairs is known for excellent martinis, and often gets very crowded around 11PM. Perhaps the best place for cigars until the cigar ban goes into effect. edit
- Heroes Pub. (Off of Ridgely Road) by St. John Neummann Church. A roast beef and brie are ideal before a big NFL or Terrapin game. THE place for local Terps fans to watch Terps and Duke basketball. Heroes also sponsors a very competitive Sunday Lacrosse league frequented by college recruiters. edit
- Chick N' Ruth's. Located on main street, it is a family owned business which has been around for years. Breakfast all day, meals named after senators, magic shows in the mornings. There are pictures of everyone who has eaten there, from celebrities to presidents. edit
- Sin Fronteras Cafe, 2129 Forest Drive, ☎ 410-266-0013, . Located in an unassuming strip mall next to a liquor store, this restaurant specializes in Mexican, Salvadorean, and Honduran cuisine. edit
- Amsterdam Falafelshop, 25 Market Space (at City Dock), ☎ 410-268-1947, . A popular stop for people leaving the bars in Annapolis late at night, Amsterdam Falafelshop is known for serving falafel sandwiches in addition to a large toppings bar where customers can customize their sandwich. edit
- The Big Cheese is a specialty deli located on Randall Street. The Big Cheese is one of the most unique places to get a sandwich in town. Though the price may be a little more expensive compared to your average deli, it is well worth it. If you stop in, make sure to try the town favorite “St. Mary’s Slugger”. The service is great and it is an environment that makes you feel at home. The sandwiches are always fresh and the choices and combinations are endless. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, the Big Cheese is the place to go.
- Iron Rooster is an upscale southern comfort food destination located on 12 Market Street. The restaurant serves breakfast all day and is known for their fresh and tasty plates. Some fan favorites include chicken waffles and homemade pop tarts. They also serve lunch and dinner plates, as well as late-night drinks. When you step in, the staff treats you like family and you truly experience the southern hospitality.
Waffles from the Iron Rooster.
- Davis’ Pub is a local favorite located on 400 Chester Avenue. Many of the locals hesitate to tell tourists about the Pub because they feel it is a hidden gem for Annapolitains only. The Pub has an assortment of pub favorites, soups, sandwiches, and salads. The best thing to order at the pub is the Crab Pretzel appetizer – jumbo soft pretzel roll topped with their signature crab dip and melted cheddar on top. It is to die for! The Pub was also featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.
- The Market House is located in the center of downtown Annapolis. The Market House is an upscale food court with local merchants inside. There is something for everyone including seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, falafels, ice cream, smoothies, and much more! If you are looking for a quick bite to eat the Market Place is the perfect place. Many customers choose to take their food to-go and either eat on the tables outside or on the harbor wall.
- Carrol’s Creek Café is located on 410 Severn Avenue. The restaurant offers to one of the best views of the Annapolis harbor and is a great waterfront dining experience. If you want to sit on the deck to get the best view of the water, you may have to wait a little but the view is definitely worth the wait. Make sure to taste their award-winning crab soup because it is one of the best in Annapolis.
- Chart House is high-end seafood and steakhouse located on 300 2nd Street. The Chart House is a unique restaurant in design because it originally was a historic boast house that was later created into what it is today. Known for its large window wall, the restaurant offers one of the best views of the Annapolis harbor from the table.
- El Toro Bravo is a Mexican restaurant located on 50 West Street. All of the food and authentic and made from scratch – it is some of the best Mexican food in town. You get a lot of food for your buck and the margaritas are a must have.
- The Annapolis Ice Cream Company is located on 196 Main Street. If you are looking to get ice cream while in Annapolis this is the place to go. All of their ice cream is made with fresh ingredients and made right at their shop daily. Also, you cannot beat the price for the amount of ice cream they give you. If you have a sweet tooth and want a lot of ice cream, do not make the mistake of buying a large because in to the Annapolis Ice Cream Company a small is a large.
Along with a lively night scene, there comes a number of great bars. During the day most of these play the role of family restaurant very well and serve outstanding authentic Maryland food and then turn up the volume when the sun goes down. It can be a bit odd to travelers having lunch at a great restaurant that happens to serve some drinks and hoping to be back for dinner, only to find a packed bar that happens to serve some food.
There are far too many to name, even in a small downtown such as Annapolis, but one unique specialty can be found at Lujan's Pub. Situated on the water front it caters to mostly Naval Academy Midshipmen but finds its fan base with the tourist. Ask for the Crab Cod. A delicious mix of crab juice with rum and cherry flavors. Other main street establishments can lead to an interesting interaction between the very rich and the Middies.
- McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar is located on 8 Market Space. McGarvey’s is one of the most popular nightlife bars in the area due to its fun atmosphere and great drink specials. The most famous special is Big Beer nights on Monday and Wednesday. On Big Beer nights they serve $5.25 32 oz Budlite, $4 fireball shots, and $2 Natty Boh Cans. The most popular of these nights is Wednesday – Big Beer Wednesday kicks off for the drinking weekend for many locals.
- Armadillo’s Restaurant is located on 132 Dock Street. Armadillo’s is one of the most popular bars downtown. There are two levels, both equipped with full service bars. The bottom bar is more casual mingling, whereas the second level is usually where the dancing occurs. On Wednesday nights the special is buy one drink and get the second free. The average age of those in the bar is on the younger side, therefore giving it a college bar type of feel. If you are looking to sit down and enjoy a few drinks with friends, this is not the place to be.
- Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge is located on 169 West Street. This spot offers a very unique experience. On the first level is the restaurant that serves great food during the day, but the second and third floor are where the spot comes to life at night. The second floor has a full bar as well as stage where live music and concerts are played by local bands in the area. On the third floor is rooftop lounge with a full service bar. The rooftop lounge is an awesome spot to hangout in the summer and a true hidden gem of Annapolis.
- ACME Bar and Grill located on 163 Main Street is another hoping Annapolis bar. Almost every night, ACME runs a special on their drinks which many of the locals appreciate. Like most of the Annapolitian bars, ACME runs a unique special on Wednesdays as well – all domestic bottles are $3 and vodka drinks for the ladies are $4.
- Red Red Wine Bar located on 189B Main Street is a unique spot in Annapolis for locals to enjoy a vast selection of wine and small plates. The wine bar embodies everything local – food, musicians, artist, design, and community. If you are wine lover looking for a unique atmosphere to enjoy a great glass of wine this spot is for you.
- Annapolis Marriott, ☎ 888-773-0786, . The only accommodation located directly on the waterfront, in downtown Annapolis. edit
- Historic Inns of Annapolis, 58 State Circle, ☎ (410) 263-2641, Toll-free:1-800-847-8882, . The Historic Inns of Annapolis in Maryland, with a historical restaurant, tavern, and rooms; this hotel is unforgettable. edit
- Loews Hotel Annapolis, 126 West Street, ☎ 410-263-7777, . The Loews Annapolis Hotel offers 198 spacious guestrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant and lounge, and meeting space in Downtown Annapolis. edit
- Courtyard Annapolis, 2559 Riva Road, ☎ 1-410-266-1555, . checkin: 12PM; checkout: 3PM. A bit outside downtown Annapolis and near the US Naval Academy. $119. edit
- O'Callaghan Hotel-Annapolis (Annapolis Hotel), 174 West Street, ☎ 410-263-7700, . checkin: 1:00PM; checkout: 12: PM. Settled in the heart of the Historic Annapolis, you will find a hotel that speaks of distant lands overseas. Hints of Ireland flow through the entryway and rooms with deep mahogany wood, marble and accents of European and Irish furnishings. The O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel is a slow stroll away from the US Naval Academy, Maryland State House and of course the signature city dock lined with the masts of sailboats of all sizes. edit
- Residence Inn by Marriott Annapolis, 170 Admiral Cochrane Drive, ☎ 410-573-0300, . Outside downtown Annapolis, but near shopping centers. edit
- Sheraton Annapolis, 173 Jennifer Road, ☎ 1 410 266-3131 (fax: 1 410 266-6247), . Pet friendly hotel located near Annapolis Mall and Anne Arundel Medical Center. edit
- SpringHill Suites Annapolis, ☎ 1-888-663-0094, . Conveniently located near Route 50. edit
- The Inn at Spa Creek, 417 Severn Avenue, ☎ 410-263-8866, . Light, bright, contemporary B & B in the maritime section of Annapolis, within walking distance of all historic attractions. edit
- The Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, ☎ 1-410-972-4300 ([email protected], fax: 410-295-7420), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Newly opened in July 2007. edit
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401, USA, ☎ 1-410-224-3150, . checkin: 4:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Full service hotel just a short walk from Annapolis Towne Centre featuring complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, an onsite restaurant and bar, business center, fitness center, and much more. edit
Annapolis is one of the safest cities in Maryland. The normal precautions apply, but downtown is pretty much safe at all times. Due to its status as the state capital, there is a larger-than-usual police presence; the Annapolis City Police, Maryland Capital Police, Maryland State Police and, Anne Arundel County Police are all commonly seen in the city and surrounding areas.
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is close, and when it was built it was the largest bridge of its type in the world. The western end is at Sandy Point State Park which has great views of the bridge and bay and ships passing on the way to Baltimore. From here you can see the Baltimore Lighthouse which for a brief time in the 1960s was the world's first and only nuclear powered lighthouse (it is solar powered at this time). Kite flying, beach walking, swimming, summer concerts, boat launches, etc.. are all here. At the other end of the bridge is Kent Island, another historic place, known for its seafood and popular new bike trails.
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