Natural Attractions in Annapolis

Have you ever visited a city with a natural landscape so beautiful you could barely stand to stay inside? Wanting to spend every minute under the sky, exploring the flora and fauna that make the place special, often forgetting there are historical points of interest you wanted to explore or a vibrant nightlife you wanted to experience? A visit to Annapolis will be like that, and this guide to our natural attractions will convince you even further that the great outdoors is where you want to be—until it’s time to draw the covers over you and rest your head on the soft pillows of a bed; then there is no place you’d rather be than right here in one of our At Home Annapolis tranquil and serene bedrooms!

Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek

The quiet beauty of this park on the creek adds a serenity to a getaway often filled with the same hustle and bustle experienced at home. Located at 7228 Edgewood Road on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the sweet sounds of a mama duck leading her ducklings across the waters of the creek can often be heard here, intermingling with the sounds made by the birds hanging out in the trees above. This is a prime birdwatching spot and the paths that wind their way through the park offer great opportunities for a hike through the mature trees that dot the landscape.

Chesapeake Bay

Of course, the oldest and most scenic natural attraction is the Chesapeake Bay, the body of water on which our city is built. Best known for its production of sweet seafood, it’s the main reason our state is famous for its crabs; the blue crabs that make their home in its watery depths are incredibly delicious, plentiful, and easy to catch! And although at one time we had come close to depleting the waters, creating a nearly dead bay, conservation efforts that continue to this day after beginning in the 1990s have helped the bay make a remarkable comeback. We know how important the Chesapeake Bay is to our community! FYI, you don’t have to travel far for this natural attraction; Annapolis City Dock is where we all go for a few minutes of communing with nature!

Naturally Beautifully

Some of the most beautiful natural attractions may be easily accessed from your At Home Annapolis rental retreat; just step onto the back porch and be amazed by a yard filled with mature trees, green grass, and colorful flowers, or better yet, views of the bay that will make you forget you have to go home at the end of your vacation! Reserve your naturally beautiful escape today!

Historical Journey to Annapolis

For many of us, the joy of taking a vacation involves more than just having a few days off in a row. It’s the anticipation of going somewhere we have never visited before, the wonder of being able to spend concentrated time with our families, and in many cases, the fascination we feel when following the history of the place we have chosen to see! And if your journey to Annapolis is going to be all about the history, you’ve chosen the perfect place to start exploring, as Annapolis is filled with historical sites, attractions, and activities guaranteed to keep a history buff happy every minute of their stay.

The Thomas Point Shoal Light Station

There’s something fascinating about exploring old lighthouses and learning about the lives of the men who keep them, and the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station is a beautiful example that you may already recognize. Constructed in 1875, the iconic structure stands on stilts on rocky ground, and its red roof and white base is known around the world. Tours are offered, and while $85 a person could seem steep, learning the story behind the last screw pile lighthouse that still stands in its original location on the Chesapeake Bay makes it worth every penny.

Making Sure King George Got the Message

Annapolis was at the heart of the new nation 244 years ago, and if you want to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers, there are four homes in the area that were once owned by signers of the Declaration of Independence! The William Paca House (186 Prince George Street), Chase-Lloyd House (22 Maryland Avenue), Peggy Stewart House (207 Hanover Street), and the Charles Carroll House (107 Duke of Gloucester) are more than just grand estates—most of which you can tour—but are an integral part of the history of our nation!

The United States Naval Academy, 121 Blake Road

Established in 1845, this historical military establishment is famous around the globe for the quality graduates it releases into the world and for its Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, inside of which the Navy/Army football rivalry has played out many times. Offering tours for the general public, seeing the inside of this iconic academy has been known to convince youngsters that have no plans beyond high school to suddenly find their path takes them down the US Naval Academy Path.

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Your Complete Family Guide to Annapolis

Best known for its accessibility, Annapolis is a perfect vacation destination for the whole family. The attractions here will keep the children happily occupied for hours on end. But that’s not all you get here. The city has stunning natural scenery that serves as a gorgeous backdrop for a family photo. One thing is for sure, your vacation in Annapolis will create many happy memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Here is our family guide to Annapolis!

City Dock

Annapolis Harbor is one part of the city you won’t want to miss,and City Dock is the right place that gives you a good look at the harbor. As the weather improves,people flock to the City Dock to enjoy a meal, have ice cream, and take in the views. You can spend hours watching the boats make their way in and out of the harbor.

US Naval Academy

This must-visit attraction is the pride and joy of the city. Even children will enjoy the guided tours offered here. The Academy has various exhibits that give you an intimate look into the life on board naval vessels. Or if you prefer you can stroll around the campus on your own. The architecture is simply stunning. The visitor’s center will help you plan your tour and choose where you’d like to go and what to see.

Water Taxi

Any guide to Annapolis will tell you that there are two ways to discover the heart of Annapolis: either take the trolley to explore the alleys and backstreets of this historic city or take a water taxi. The water taxi is only available between May and Labor Day and will take you from downtown to Eastport in one fun journey without setting foot on dry land.

Pirate Adventure

Who wouldn’t like to be a swashbuckling pirate even for a short while? Even grownups won’t mind donning a costume and strutting around on deck pretending to be Captain Jack Sparrow. If that’s your adventure, head over to the Chesapeake Bay. There you’ll find a ship waiting for you. After putting on the costume and getting your gear,you’ll be told about the buried treasures. Water and cannon displays will keep the experience lively and exciting. Children in particular will enjoy the realistic atmosphere where make-believe blends with the immaculate setting. We think the whole experience is a lot more fun than life aboard a real pirate ship!

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Must See Attractions in Annapolis

One of America’s great historic cities, Annapolis is famous for its Georgian and beaux arts buildings, romantic cobblestone streets, and charming harbor district with shops, fine dining, and family-friendly attractions. This city by the bay is not shy about its love of the sea, from yachts to evening sails to decadent seafood, and that’s just how we like it. With so many historic sites, fascinating museums, and scenic waterways we know it can be daunting to plan your itinerary, but you won’t want to miss any of these must see attractions in Annapolis!

Sail On!

As the sailing capital of America, no trip to Annapolis is complete without a voyage out onto the charming waters of Chesapeake Bay. Take a romantic sunset cruise aboard a classic wooden schooner, learn to sail at Annapolis Sailing School, or simply hop aboard one of the water taxis linking all the points of interest along Annapolis’ shoreline. For a special treat check out Schooner Woodwind and indulge in one of their decadent dinner cruises, or stay overnight for their popular “Boat and Breakfast”, one of our favorite ways to catch a sunrise over the Bay (while enjoying a delicious breakfast, no less).

Historic Downtown and Other Must See Attractions in Annapolis

Founded around the confluence of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay, the historic downtown district is impossibly idyllic. Cobblestone streets intertwine around colonial-era architecture and historic builds. We love spending at least a morning here, though you can easily enjoy an entire day. Take in the manicured grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy and marvel at its classic Beaux Arts facades, visit the country’s oldest capital building, the Maryland State House (built in 1772), or grab a meal with a view at one of the many delicious restaurants lining the waterfront.

Ego Alley

The City Docks are also known as Ego Alley thanks to the penchant for captains of all classes to showcase their boats on this narrow waterway. Here the streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and more. Nearly everywhere you go has splendid views of the river, harbor, and the bay, making it a perfect place to grab a meal any time of year but especially during the weekend sailboat races in May and the annual boat show in October. Which reminds us…

Eat Crab Cakes!

This one speaks for itself. Available in nearly every restaurant, this Maryland specialty is not to be missed! If your stay is over a first or third Sunday (July-Sept.), don’t miss the Annapolis Crab, Crash & Cruise at Chesapeake Brewing Co. of Annapolis. Eat your fill of steamed crabs, fried chicken, crab cakes, grilled corn, Maryland’s state cake (yeah, we have one), and of course, beer!

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