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!

Your Guide to Annapolis

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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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