Set your course for THE CHOPTANK ANNAPOLIS, MD
BRING THE MURAL TO LIFE!
When visiting downtown Annapolis, scan the QR Code, stand far enough away from the mural to see through your smartphone camera, and watch the mural come to life!
Our 2023 guide cover features the monumental “The Best Place—For All” mural that was unveiled in fall 2022. The 65-foot fully interactive artwork, located just around the corner from the Visitors Center on Calvert Street, showcases why Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland is The Best Place (To Visit) For All. Designed by local artists Cindy Fletcher-Holden and Comacell Brown Jr., this iconic mural joins the many others that bring our destination to life through art.
THE BEST PLACE —FOR ALL
Agreat community is the foundation of a great destination for visitors. In addition to featuring hotels and accommodations, attractions and events, restaurants and shops, the visitors guide highlights our locals—and the things about our region that inspire and delight them. The good news is, they’re happy to share!
Our hiking and biking trails and more than 500 miles of shoreline, our thriving entertainment district and art in public places, and our small rural villages and iconic capital city make Annapolis and Anne Arundel County a microcosm of all Maryland has to offer.
We invite you to explore the hallowed grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy; enjoy the waters of our Chesapeake Bay and tidal tributaries; immerse yourself in our maritime history at festivals and events large and small; experience our transformative music and arts scene; get to know our names and faces; and stroll a capital city that’s often called “a museum without walls.”
Our destination is steeped in history, but not stuck in the past. The city, county, and its people embrace opportunities for growth and push the boundaries to get there. Take your time exploring this visitor guide and go to our official tourism site at www.visitannapolis.org to plan your trip and learn more.
On behalf of the residents and businesses of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, welcome to where we live, work, and celebrate a city, county, and destination—for all.Kristen Pironis Executive Director, Visit Annapolis Anne Arundel County
After a successful inaugural year, the Annapolis Songwriters Festival is back for a second year (and counting)! This unique festival, modeled after the world renowned Key West Songwriters Festival, gives show-goers an inside look in to the faces, names, and stories behind the music industry's biggest hits.
Stroll along 'Songwriters Trail' from Westgate Circle to City Dock and enjoy hours of free music throughout Downtown Annapolis. With landmark shows at City Dock, Rams Head On Stage, MC3, and Maryland Hall, the 2022 festival saw Jake Owen, Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams, Fantastic Negrito, Josh Ritter, James McMurtry, and Robert Randolph.
VISIT ANNAPOLISSONGWRITERSFESTIVAL.COM TO JOIN THE LIST AND BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS.
YOU PICK THE SEASON WE’LL PROVIDE THE
From daylong celebrations to action-packed weeklong events, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is your ideal destination every day of the year. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, we invite you to linger longer with an overnight stay to enjoy our festivals, sporting and foodie events, concerts, boat shows, parades, and more—against the backdrop of more than 500 miles of majestic Chesapeake Bay shoreline.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival Let Merriment Abound!
2023 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Events are subject to change. Check out VisitAnnapolis.org for event updates or call ahead to confirm.
1 SPCA of Anne Arundel County Lights on the Bay Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Monday, January 1
3 The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy Exhibition
3 Annapolis Symphony Orchestra–Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, February 3-4
Begins August 26
HUZZAH! For nine magical weekends each year, Crownsville is home to the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. The whimsical 16th-century English village of Revel Grove beckons the fun at heart to mingle with fairies, pirates, townsfolk, knights, and other curious creatures as they make their way through a 27-acre wooded site, rubbing shoulders with King Henry VIII and members of his royal court.
Explore more than 140 artisan shops and a host of must-try food and libation stops featuring smoked turkey legs and other “on a stick” culinary favorites that pair perfectly with a plethora of beer, wine, and mead options. Merriment abounds as more than 200 performers, including jugglers, jousters, magicians, musicians, comedians, and artists provide continuous entertainment on more than a dozen stages and streets throughout the festival. Insider’s tip–The Maryland Renaissance Festival is only a 20-minute drive from Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament at Arundel Mills.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Tuesday, January 3-Saturday, September 30
9 Cabaret Performance
Annapolis Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, Select Mondays, January 9 through August 7
12 Winter Lecture Series
Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Thursdays, January 12-March 2
13 Formal Lecture and Concert Series
St. John’s College, Annapolis, Select Fridays, January 13April 28
18 Winter Luncheon Series
Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side, Wednesdays, January 18-February 22
21 Londontowne Symphony Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Saturday, January 21
22 229th Army Concert Band Performance
Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, Sunday, January 22
28 Step Afrika
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Annapolis, Saturday, January 28
3 The Prints of Rockwell Kent Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Friday, February 3-Sunday, March 5
4 Polar Bear Plunge Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Saturday, February 4
10 The Learned Ladies Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, Friday, February 10-Sunday, March 5
11 Anna Benneweg and the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, Saturday, February 11
17 Live Arts Maryland–Broadway in Annapolis Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, February 17-18
24 Ballet Theatre of Maryland–Momentum: A Mixed Bill Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, February 24-25
25 Annapolis Restaurant Week Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, February 25-Sunday, March 5
The Annapolis area is well known for its historical sites, the U.S. Naval Academy, and its easy access to the Chesapeake Bay.
As a local, I also enjoy the many festivals, concerts, performing arts, and outdoor activities you can find almost every week of the year. While you are visiting, I encourage you to purchase something locally made, attend a concert or performing arts show, go to a festival, check out a mural with augmented reality, visit a local park, and order local seafood when dining out.
Fairgrounds, Crownsville, Ambition: Charles Willson
Hammond-Harwood House, April 1-Sunday, December 31
1 Annapolis Oyster Festival Annapolis, Month of March
18 Celebrate Black Women: Curator’s Convocation with Myrtis Bedolla Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Saturday, March 18
23 11th Annual Annapolis Film Festival
Downtown Annapolis, Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26
25 The Lovejoy Group Performing Jazz, Blues, and the Beatles Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, Saturday, March 25
31 Annapolis Symphony Orchestra–Two Romantics–Brahms & Prokofiev
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1
31 Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Countywide, Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2
ERIK EVANS, Executive Director Annapolis Arts District, Downtown Annapolis Partnership Maryland Day Weekend Celebration
7 Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, Friday, April 7Sunday, April 30
12 Jane Austin Tours Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, Second Wednesday of every month–April-December
15 Annapolis Opera: Voices of Our Time Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis Saturday, April 15
15 Spring Open House Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, Saturday, April 15
15 Annapolis Cup Croquet Match St. John’s College, Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, April 15 (tentative)
22 Live Arts Maryland: Brahms Requiem Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Saturday, April 22
22 Kick Gas! In Annapolis: Drive Electric Earth Day Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, April 22 (tentative)
23 Londontowne Symphony Orchestra: Rising Stars
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Sunday, April 23
26 Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Annapolis City Dock/Spa Creek, April 26-August 30
28 Ballet Theatre of Maryland–Momentum: Don Quixot e Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, April 28-29
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30
Annapolis Book Festival Key School, Annapolis, Saturday, April 29
19 U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Week
U.S. Naval Academy and NavyMarine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Friday-Friday, May 19-26
10 Annapolis Arts Day Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Saturday, June 10 (tentative)
14 USNA Flag Day Celebration
May Day in Annapolis
Downtown Annapolis, Monday, May 1
Annapolis Up Rigging Tall Ship Festival
Annapolis City Dock/Downtown Annapolis, Wednesday-Sunday, May 3-7
5 Annapolis Symphony Orchestra: Saint-Saens Organ Symphony Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, May 5-6
6 Annapolis Irish Festival Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, Saturday, May 6
6 Music on the Lawn Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side, Saturday, May 6
6 Annapolis Latino Festival Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Saturday, May 6 (tentative)
7 First Sunday Arts Festival Downtown Annapolis, May-November
13 Paint the Town: An Evening with the Arts Westin Annapolis, Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, May 13
13 Maritime Republic of Eastport
.05K Bridge Run Spa Creek Bridge, Downtown Annapolis/Eastport, Saturday, May 13 (tentative)
13 William Paca Garden Plant Sale William Paca Garden, Annapolis, Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14
16 The Liar Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, Tuesdays, May 16-August 29
24 Dinner Under the Stars Inner West Street, Downtown Annapolis, Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 24-September 23
29 A nnapolis Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Annapolis, Monday, May 29
2 Let’s Go Music Festival
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, Friday-Sunday, June 2-4
3 Wildberry Field Market Wildberry Farm and Market, Crownsville, Saturdays, June through November
3 Annapolis Pride Parade
Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, June 3
3 Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours
Tours depart from Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Saturdays, June 3-October 14
3 Secret Garden Tour
Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4
3 Annapolis Greek Festival
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis, Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4
4 Kids N’ Kaboodle Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis, Sunday, June 4
4 Art Week at U.S. Naval Academy
U.S. Naval Academy, Sunday-Saturday, June 4-10
4 Paint Annapolis
Downtown Annapolis, Sunday-Sunday, June 4-11
8 Art on the Avenue
Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Downtown Annapolis, Thursday, June 8
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Wednesday, June 14
15 Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series
Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Thursdays, June 15-August 17
16 Annapolis Juneteenth Celebration
Downtown Annapolis, Friday-Saturday, June 16-17
22 Race Across America (RAAM) Finish Line
Annapolis City Dock, Thursday-Monday, June 22-26
24 Eastport a Rockin’
Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Saturday, June 24
29 USNA Induction Day
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Thursday, June 29
4 Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Downtown Annapolis, Tuesday, July 4
4 Historic Annapolis
Fourth of July Celebration
William Paca House & Garden and other Historic Annapolis locations Annapolis, Tuesday, July 4
4 Annapolis Fireworks Cruise Annapolis City Dock, Tuesday, July 4
6 The Tempest Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, Thursday, July 6-Sunday, July 23
8 USNA Student Youth Leadership Program
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Saturdays, July 8 and 29
8 Revolutionary London Town Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9
Begins Saturday, September 14
Curated by Rams Head Presents and BMI, the annual multi-day music festival celebrates the art of songwriting. For an actionpacked weekend each September, songwriting artists and performers descend on Annapolis bars, restaurants, hotels, music venues, and stages to delight live music lovers with their latest creations. Modeled after the hugely successful Key West Songwriters Festival, the inaugural 2022 Annapolis Songwriters Festival saw Jake Owen, Amos Lee, Lucinda Williams, Fantastic Negrito, and countless other acts play at free and paid venues throughout Maryland’s capital city.
22 Sizzling Summer Family Concert Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis, Saturday, July 22
3 USNA Anchors Aweigh Music Tour
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Thursdays, August 3 and 10
4 Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Friday, August 4
12 USNA Student Youth Leadership Program
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Saturday, August 12
13 Carriages on West Street–Annapolis Corvette Show West Street, Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, August 13
17 Annapolis Art Walk Downtown Annapolis, Thursday, August 17
26 Maryland Renaissance Festival
Crownsville, Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day, August 26October 22
27 Annapolis Ten-Mile Run Starts at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Sunday, August 27
Insider’s tip–Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is home to The Hall at Live!—a stunning 75,000-squarefoot entertainment venue that hosts sporting events, concerts, headline acts, and more.
7 September Sunsets Concert Series Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Thursdays, September 7-28
9 Boatyard Beach Bash Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, Annapolis, Saturday, September 9
9 U.S. Naval Academy football vs. Wagner Seahawks Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Saturday, September 9
13 Anne Arundel County Fair Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, Wednesday-Sunday, September 13-17
14 Annapolis Songwriters Festival
Downtown Annapolis, ThursdaySunday, September 14-17
23 Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Annapolis, Late September (date to be announced)
23 Maryland Seafood Festival Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24 (tentative)
24 West Annapolis Oktoberfest West Annapolis, Sunday, September 24
24 Bay Bridge Paddle
Begins at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Sunday, September 24 (tentative)
30 Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Saturday-Sunday, September 30-October 1
Arts in the Park
Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, A Saturday in October TBD
1 Great Annapolis Pumpkins Downtown Annapolis, Month of October
1 Lifeline 100 Bicycle Event
Starts at Kinder Farm Park, Millersville, Sunday, October 1
5 Special Historic Hauntings
Departs 25 Market Space in Downtown Annapolis, Thursdays-Saturdays in October
5 United States Powerboat Show
Annapolis City Dock, Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8
12 United States Sailboat Show Annapolis City Dock, Thursday-Sunday, October 12-15
14 Captain Avery Oyster Festival Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side, Saturday, October 14
14 Harvest Hootenanny Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis, Saturday, October 14
20 Scarecrow Stroll Inner West Street, Downtown Annapolis, Friday, October 20-Wednesday, November 1
Annapolis Pride has quickly become one of the largest parades in Annapolis. We are excited to continue supporting families, local businesses, and individuals.
The theme of ‘Many Faces, One Pride’ truly highlighted the diversity and intersectionality of our beautiful community. We are here, and we are queer.JOE TOOLAN, Chair, Annapolis Pride Board of Directors
21 U.S. Naval Academy football vs. Air Force Falcons
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Saturday, October 21
21 Fall Fest on West Inner West Street, Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, October 21
22 Maryland Avenue Fall Festival
Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, October 22
27 Pumpkin Walk
Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, Friday, October 27
28 Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Festival
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Saturday, October 28
Annapolis Jazz & Roots Festival Eastport, November (tentative)
Bay Bridge Run/Walk
Annapolis to Stevensville, A Sunday in November (tentative)
4 Maritime Republic of Eastport Tug of War
Spa Creek, Saturday, November 4 (tentative)
5 Maryland STEM Festival
Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis, Sunday, November 5
16 Lights & Leashes Dog Walk
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Thursday-Friday, November 16-17
18 Dashing through the Snow
5K Fun Run
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Saturday, November 18
19 Lights On the Bay Drive through Light Show
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Sunday, November 19-Monday, January 1
25 Small Business Saturday Downtown Annapolis, Saturday, November 25
26 Grand Illumination Market Space, Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, November 26
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, (tentative)
1 Jolly Express Cruise Annapolis City Dock, Weekends in December
1 Holiday Candlelight Stroll Departs 25 Market Space, Downtown Annapolis, Fridays and Saturdays in December
2 State House by Candlelight Maryland State House, Annapolis, Saturday, December 2 (tentative)
2 Historic Annapolis Colonial Yuletide Celebration
William Paca House and Garden and Hogshead, Annapolis, Saturday, December 2
3 Chocolate Binge Festival
West Street, Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, December 3
7 Annapolis Holiday Market
Downtown Annapolis, Thursday-Sunday, December 7-10
7 Midnight Madness
Holiday Shopping Downtown Annapolis, Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21
8 Live Arts Maryland–Celebration of Christmas Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Friday, December 8
9 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Annapolis City Dock/ Spa Creek, Saturday, December 9
9 Kwanzaa Celebration
Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Saturday, December 9
9 Vintage Christmas Market Wildberry Farm & Market, Crownsville, Saturdays, December 9 and 16
15 Live Arts Maryland–Handel’s Messiah St. Anne’s Church, Annapolis, Friday-Sunday, December 15-17
16 Santa Speedo Run Saturday, December 16, (tentative)
31 Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, December 31
MAKE A SPLASH
If you’ve visited Annapolis before, you may have strolled around Ego Alley and City Dock watching the boats maneuver the narrow pass, or perhaps eaten some seafood at a waterfront restaurant while enjoying the sunset and the gentle shushing of the river. But if you’ve never taken your Annapolis adventures out onto and into the water itself, now is the time! Visitors can steer those boats through Ego Alley or catch their own seafood and learn the tricks of the trade from a local. Being out on the water is a unique and memorable experience, and so many of the activities in the area are built around sharing the love of the Chesapeake Bay with visitors.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County offer more than 500 miles of coastline for visitors to explore. With activities ranging from parasailing to marshland hikes, there is something for everyone to choose their own waterfront adventure.Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Photo by Bob Peterson
Everything is better on the water, so be sure to wander down to the docks or head into the Naval Academy to walk the seawall.
Better yet, get out for a sail on the Woodwind, book a fishing charter, take a cruise on the Harbor Queen, take a ride on the water taxi, or go on a parasailing, kayak or stand-up-paddle adventure, and take home memories to last a lifetime.MARY EWENSON, Annapolis Boat Shows president Publisher of SpinSheet, PropTalk, and FishTalk EWE Spirit Foundation president
SAILING: ANNAPOLIS’ GREATEST LOVE
Did you know that Annapolis is America’s Sailing Capital? In 1995, an Annapolis City Council proclamation, with the support of then-mayor Al Hopkins, laid claim to this title for the city. According to a 2015 article by Gary Jobson, famed sailor, commentator, author, and Annapolitan, “Initially, the slogan was a play on words.” As in, since Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and also happens to love sailing, we are a sailing capital. None of the other sailing hubs in America happen to be capitals of their state (sorry, Newport and San Diego.)
Besides the clever wordsmithery, Annapolis earns its title in myriad other ways with the Naval Academy, the annual United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows, Wednesday Night sailboat races, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), sailing schools, a longer sailing season than northern locations (some would argue year-round), and the list goes on.
And why do sailors love Annapolis so much in return? Sailors love the sail-centric mentality of the town, the ample docks, moorings and anchorages, top-notch marine services, and the walkability and easy transportation options for those arriving to town without wheels.
If you couldn’t fit your sailboat in your carry-on, have no fear. There are plenty of ways to experience boating in Annapolis as a visitor:
Rent or Charter a Boat: Explore at your own pace. Check out the Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County website for listings of more than 40 local companies with boat rental and charter options. Many companies offer customized, private charters such as Seas the Bay Private Charters who specialize in romantic sunset cruises and excursion charters, or Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruises, who offer reunion or birthday groups, teambuilding cruises, and many more options. Annapolis Sailing School offers sailing classes. including half-day and full-day private classes.Photo by Will Keyworth, SpinSheet South River Boat Rentals Photo by Annapolis Aperture
CRUISE THE CHESAPEAKE
HISTORIC 75’ SKIPJACK
Heritage Tours, Sunset Cruises, & Private Charters
VISIT MUSEUM & PARK EXPLORE. ENGAGE. EDUCATE. BOOK TODAY for 10% OFF Your Cruise
Award winning museum, new exhibits, concerts, special events & more.
Watch Sailboat Races: If sailing is more a spectator sport for you, watch all the action by land or sea. Some great
Planning an extra-special reunion, engagement party, or fundraiser? Yacht rentals in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a great way to host your event surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Chesapeake Bay landscape. Check out Yacht Charters on the Bay by Watermark or the Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County website for lots of options to host your large event on the water.
If you’d rather feel like you are in the water rather than on it, look into some of the watersport rentals where you can rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUPs), and jet skis. Annapolis Canoe & Kayak, a favorite local business operating out of Eastport since 1991, has everything you need for an on-the-water adventure, including kayak and canoe rentals, safety gear, clothing, and paddles. Capital SUP is another great choice for SUP and kayak rentals, as well as special events like eco tours, SUP yoga, and
If you’re looking for some speed in your waterfront adventure, find Breakwater Adventures located in Glen Burnie for jet ski rentals, including a double-seater model, and Z Flight Watersports for parasailing experiences.
Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake is a unique boating experience and family favorite. Young landlubbers will get their sea legs on this cruise aboard the Sea Gypsy (run time: 1 hour, 15 minutes) while learning how to be a pirate and searching for treasure. This experience is pure fun with costumes, water cannons, and a real live pirate ship! Tickets are sold individually, or group party rates are also available.Annapolis City Marina Photo by Annapolis Aperture Capital SUP
As a lifetime Marylander one of my favorite pastimes is going to Sandy Point State Park for a day of fishing and crabbing with family. Watching the sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is just as breathtaking today as it was when I was a kid. Annapolis is my favorite local community to visit for some great seafood. While Main Street offers great variety, I especially love visiting the restaurants that are hidden away in the local communities alongside the rivers and creeks.DONNIE SUTTON, General Manager,
MarriottHotels, BWI Airport Marriott Member
Fishing & Crabbing: Even though there are plenty of amazing seafood restaurants around Anne Arundel County, there is something thrilling about catching your own dinner! Try your hand at catching “the big one” at one of the many fishing hotspots around the county.
Many county parks have fishing areas, such as Beverly Triton Nature Park in Edgewater, Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena, and Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park and Thomas Point Park in Annapolis.
Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina & Restaurant run fishing charters with many options and types of fishing such as trolling, bottom fishing, and chumming. Not only will the captains help you reel in your fresh catch, but then the chefs at Rod ‘N’ Reel will cook it up for you for a truly full-service fishing adventure.
Family Fishing Adventures is a great option if you want to bring the whole family along on your fishing and crabbing adventure. Board the Sea Dragon for a 90-minute catch-andrelease experience the kids will be talking about all summer. Tours launch from Annapolis City Marina in Eastport.
Want to learn the trades of the Bay from some true watermen? Check out Chesapeake Bay Storyteller tours. On these hands-on tours, you’ll learn to bait and pull crab pots, tong for oysters, and shed soft-shell crabs, all while hearing the history and pro-level tips these veterans of the water have to offer. Each of the 10 chartered tour options is a different adventure, designed by each individual captain to
showcase their specialized knowledge, favorite sites, and secret spots.
OTHER WATERFRONT DESTINATIONS TO EXPLORE
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a fascinating waterfront venue in the former McNasby’s Oyster Company building. The museum, tucked down on Second Street in Eastport, overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and many events held there make use of the splendid waterfront views from their wraparound deck. Visitors can take skipjack tours on the Wilma Lee , built in 1940. This is also a great stop to learn about the history and environment of Annapolis and to truly understand the maritime heritage of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nestled under the shadow of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Sandy Point State Park has so much to offer including swimming areas, sandy beaches, imaginative playgrounds, fishing, pavilion space, spectacular panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay. Sandy Point is also home to many special events throughout the year such as the Polar Bear Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser event in January, the Maryland Seafood Festival in September and Lights on the Bay holiday lights display November through January.
Fort Smallwood Park is located at the northern tip of Anne Arundel County and covers 90 acres where the Patapsco River and Rock Creek meet the Chesapeake Bay. The park takes its name from Fort Smallwood, a fort in use from 1890 until 1927. Visitors can spend the day swimming, birdwatching, playing on the accessible playground, fishing off the Bill Burton Fishing Pier, or just enjoying the views of the Bay with Baltimore off in the distance.
IT’S THE BAY LIFE FOR ME
A waterman is someone who makes a living and supports their family using the natural resources provided by the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the many resources gathered from the Bay include the famous Chesapeake blue crab (Callinectes sapidus, or “beautiful swimmer”) in the summer months, the thriving oyster population from October to April, and fresh rockfish in the spring and summer. Through it all, watermen are working hard to put fresh seafood on the tables of families, restaurants, and grocery store shelves. Every person who has worked on the Chesapeake Bay has countless stories and a shared passion and appreciation for the Bay and what it provides.
The first images of a waterman I saw came from coffee table books at my grandparents’ house. Since then, they’ve been etched into my memory. Black and white images of hard-working, industrious men in homemade wooden boats captivated me. At the time, I wasn’t exactly sure what they were doing but I was determined to figure out how to do it myself. Dreams of owning and running my very own workboat occupied my thoughts constantly. Even in my fifth-grade yearbook—where most of my counterparts wanted to be NBA players, astronauts, or the president—I wrote that I wanted to be a crabber. At 11 years old, I bought my first boat out of the penny saver. It was an 8-foot rowboat that I bought with money from cutting grass and building crab pots for my parents only waterman friend, CJ Canby. Something in CJ resonated with me. Like me, he was not born into a family of watermen. He became my mentor and at 12 years old I began
to work on his boat. It was then that I finally experienced the very thing I’d been striving for since I saw those black and white images years before.
As an Anne Arundel County native and a local waterman, I prefer to spend my hard-earned money locally. After you’ve spent the day visiting beautiful Downs Park in Pasadena, The Stony Creek Inn right down the road is a great spot for lunch. Locally owned and operated, it’s a friendly place to try a soft crab sandwich fresh from the bay—one of my favorite ways to enjoy crab! All the soft crabs are caught and shed by my mentor CJ. After enjoying an afternoon on the boat, you can load it back up using the new boat ramp at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena. If you don’t have any luck catching dinner at the fishing pier, you can head down the road to Primo Pasta. The food is always excellent with service to match. If you’re looking to sit down and crack a couple claws with friends and enjoy some casual beers, Crab Town USA is an excellent choice. The crabs are caught locally and delivered daily for people to enjoy. If you find yourself in downtown Annapolis (or DTA, as the locals call it) and you’re looking to treat yourself to a more upscale dining experience, check out Preserve for a true chef’s take on the freshest local ingredients.
As I look back on my career as a Chesapeake Bay waterman, I can’t help but remember all those images I saw in that coffee table book when I was a boy. Today, I am fully living my dream. However, as I navigate the new waters of social media, I am also learning to use my newfound voice to advocate for
watermen while shedding light on the significant issues that affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay. There are many issues surrounding the Bay concerning waste run-off, water treatment plants, catch regulations, and politics. We need to keep these issues top of mind so we can keep the seafood industry in Maryland alive and thriving. Thankfully, when you choose to spend your money with small businesses, you’re positively effecting our community and supplying jobs for the people who catch the seafood, the ones who serve it to you, and everyone in between. On behalf of my hometown and as a small business owner, we thank you for choosing to visit us in Anne Arundel County and buy locally. It truly makes a difference to the people here.
LUKE MCFADDEN , Captain of the FV Southern Girl , is a first-generation Chesapeake Bay waterman. You can find him crabbing and keeping his boat, pots, and other tools in good repair on TikTok, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram.
Bodkin Point Seafood | Phone: (410) 979-9941
Open Friday-Sunday (times vary)
7333 East Furnace Branch Road | Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Daily Narrated Cruises
Cruise to St. Michaels
Sunset & Live Music Cruises
Water Taxi Service
ENDLESS CHAPTERS... ONE INTRIGUING STORY
The Chesapeake looked very different 13,000 years ago. Explore what the Indigenous People saw, how they lived, and how they and the environment changed. Follow the QR code to an electronic story map to explore the research and findings of local archaeologists as they work to learn about the Indigenous people who traveled and lived here.
In nearby Edgewater, the Woodlawn History Center at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides a glimpse into the area’s Native American settlements and the families who lived there. Built in 1735, Woodlawn is the oldest building in the Smithsonian collection in its original location. The 2,650-acre waterfront site is home to hiking trails and 15 miles of shoreline with access to car-top boat launching.
Neighboring Historic London Town and Gardens recounts the story of the colonial seaport of London Town. Founded in 1683, it was an important trade center and home to one of the earliest European settlements in the region. The town flourished for one hundred years before succumbing to changes in travel routes, fluctuations in the tobacco market, and the chaos of the American Revolution.
Visitors to the 23-acre museum and park can tour the circa 1760 William Brown House and reconstructed colonial buildings. Along the way, you’ll encounter historical interpreters portraying the servants, enslaved persons, sailors, pirates, tradespeople, and landowners who lived there. Nature lovers will enjoy the eight-acre Woodland Garden filled with native plants and exotic species arranged along a one-mile trail that culminates with a stunning overlook of the South River.
At least eight slave ships are known to have docked at London Town between 1708 and 1760. For this reason, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated London Town a “Site of Memory Associated with the Slave Route.” Annapolis City Dock has received the same designation. In September 1767, Kunta Kinte, an enslaved person from Gambia, arrived at Annapolis City Dock aboard the Lord Ligonier. A sculptural memorial at the site depicts Pulitzer Prize winning author Alex Haley reading his best-selling book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, to children of various ethnicities. Calling for racial reconciliation and healing, the novel recounts the life of Kunta Kinte and the generations that followed him.
Annapolis City Dock and London Town are two of more than 40 sites nationally that commemorate the nearly 12 million African people who were forced into the Middle Passage, becoming the forebears and mothers of the African diaspora.
The Museum of Historic Annapolis’s new permanent exhibition, Annapolis: An American Story, shares dramatic stories of Annapolis and its diverse people—free and enslaved—who helped shape our American story over more than 400 years. The nearby Banneker-Douglass Museum is the State of Maryland’s official museum for African American history and culture. It is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity for all. Here, the stories of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and other Black Marylanders come to life through interpretive art and history exhibits.
Life-size bronze statues of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman were recently installed in the Old House of Delegates Chamber at the Maryland State House. They stand there as silent witnesses to the ratification of a new state constitution that abolished slavery in Maryland in 1864.
The Maryland State House is the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. It is also the only State House ever to have served as our nation’s Capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 19, 1784. During this time, George Washington resigned his commission as commanderin-chief of the continental army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, officially ending the Revolutionary War.
In front of the State House, a statue of famous Marylander Thurgood Marshall stands in Lawyers’ Mall, near the site of his first significant victory in the Maryland Court of Appeals. In 1935, he successfully argued for the admission of Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law, setting the stage for Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
I always encourage people to visit the Peerless Rens Club in Eastport. It’s a historic Black social club that was founded and built in 1948 by a group African-American men, including my grandfather, Ernest Booth. I love talking to people about our history and continuing on the legacy of our club as a community gathering space. It always makes me smile to see the joy on visitors’ faces as they connect to and experience our history.
In the high-profile case that made Marshall a household name, he succeeded in having the Supreme Court declare segregated public schools unconstitutional. His successful court track record led to his appointment as the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1967.
While Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy, Army roots run deep in Anne Arundel County. During World War I, 19,000 acres of land acquired through eminent domain became Fort George G. Meade, a training facility for more than 400,000 U.S. soldiers. Years later, a large section of Fort Meade is now the Patuxent Environmental Science Center and Wildlife Refuge. Signs of the Army base’s old outbuildings are still visible among 13,000 acres of now tranquil forest. In addition to a National Wildlife Visitor Center, the refuge includes meadows, lakes, and wetlands along 20 miles of trails.
As home of the National Security Agency (NSA), Fort Meade is the gateway to America’s best kept secrets. The adjacent National Cryptologic Museum is NSA’s principal gateway to the public. It introduces visitors to some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology, the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked. For many, it provides a new understanding of events in American and world history.
Nearly 375 years have passed since the first Puritan settlers landed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Even as Annapolis and Anne Arundel County’s rich and diverse history continues to evolve, the intricate roots of our colonial port city turned world-renowned recreational boating capital are visible everywhere, waiting to be discovered by new adventurers with their own stories to share. May the next exciting chapter begin with you!
Let’s face it, between school, sports, and seemingly endless extracurricular activities, family time is hard to come by in our highly structured, fast-paced world.
While we may not have all the answers for getting your little ones to turn their glazed eyes away from a screen in favor of some good old-fashioned family bonding time, we do have some suggestions for experiencing a new kind of landscape. The fun kind. The outdoors kind. The kind that will have your family making memories to last a lifetime in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
RAINY DAY & INDOOR FUN
Nothing says adventure like a shot from a nerf-tipped arrow. No, we’re serious! DodgeBow in Hanover is an exhilarating game that brings together two beloved games, dodgeball and archery. If you can dodge a ball, you can dodge an arrow! Break up into teams or gang up on dear old dad. No matter the combination, you’ll have a blast.
Looking for action minus the face-to-face combat? Try an Escape Room adventure! Match your family’s wit and intelligence against the clock to escape the room on time. With a wide spectrum of easy-to-expert Escape Room options throughout the county, you’ll easily find the fit that’s right for you.
BWI/ARUNDEL MILLS ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
Next-level fun abounds in and around the BWI/Arundel Mills Entertainment District. Located just minutes from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Arundel Mills Mall is Maryland’s largest outlet and value retail shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. It also happens to be the home of a castle where armored knights compete at the pleasure of their queen at Medieval Times and Tournament. It’s a journey back in time that kindles the imagination of the young and young at heart. Best of all, everybody gets to eat with their hands—since dining utensils are banned in the mythical kingdom.
An epic gaming adventure awaits at Dave & Buster’s where family members can bowl, play billiards, or strategize to outsmart a video game. Parents will welcome the happy hour specials, military discounts, kid-friendly menus, and the opportunity to watch their favorite sports on the big screen while the kids play. What’s next? A movie at Arundel Mills’ Cinemark Egyptian 24 Theaters.
IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS
In Annapolis and Anne Arundel County it’s easy to lace family time with learning every step of the way. Annapolis is often called “a museum without walls,” and strolling the city’s 18th-century brick-lined streets is the best way to take it all in. Our companion article, 33 Sights to See (on page 33 of this guide), includes an informative list of must-see sites that played a significant role in Annapolis’ and our nation’s history.
The Annapolis: An American Story exhibition at the Museum of Historic Annapolis recounts more than 400 years of Annapolis history, beginning with the Indigenous and Native peoples who worked the land and harvested the Bay and continuing through the years of slavery, emancipation, the Civil Rights Movement, to present-day struggles for equality and justice. The exhibition introduces visitors to additional learning experiences that await them at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Banneker-Douglass Museum, U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland State House, William Paca House and Garden, Hammond-Harwood House, and more. A Discover Annapolis Trolley tour, African American History & Heritage Walking Tour and a Colonial History Walking Tour led by guides in colonial attire are among the specialty tours that provide insights into the city’s storied past.
If African American history is high on your list, be sure to visit the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Located in downtown Annapolis, the museum is dedicated to preserving Maryland’s African American and Black heritage. Housed in the first African Methodist Episcopal Church of Annapolis, the museum serves as the state’s official repository for African American material culture.
Stop by the 26 West Street Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center for more information about tours and transportation during your visit. Our volunteer information specialists will help you craft an itinerary that most suits your interests.
Wild Kid Acres in Edgewater could be the most intriguing farm/petting zoo you’ll ever encounter. Rescued chickens, turkeys, goats, horses, pigs, cows, and alpacas roam freely on this quaint fiveacre farm. Mental, emotional, and physical health are at the forefront of every activity at the working farm. Goat Yoga and Pilates in the Pasture are among the activities you and your kids can enjoy. No visit is complete without a photo of Tina, their Highland cow.
Focused on growing food and medicine using the principles of permaculture and regenerative agriculture, Honey’s Harvest Farm in Lothian produces and sells honey, elderberry syrup, eggs, and organically grown vegetables and herbs. Their products are available on site at their First Sunday Farmer’s Markets. They also offer appointment-only educational experiences and tours, seasonal workshops, classes, and farm-totable catered meals.
Just south of Annapolis lies a stretch of rolling farmland that is steeped in history and inextricably linked to the Chesapeake Bay. Here, the pace of life moves with the rhythm of the tides, and the villages of Galesville, Lothian, Deale, and Shady Side provide picture perfect opportunities for exploring Anne Arundel County’s more than 500 miles of shoreline. South County invites families to slow down, breath the fresh air, and take in Mother Nature at her best with opportunities for birding, biking, hiking, and beach-going. You’ll also enjoy delicious kid-friendly waterside dining. Insider’s Tip–Beverly Triton Nature Park is a favorite for dog parents, too!
With all that disconnects us, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County invites families to connect over new adventures and experiences. When you glimpse a blue heron lifting out of the marsh in the distance as you enjoy Chesapeake Bay breezes and feasting on steamed crabs with the ones you hold dear, your spirit stills, and all of you can agree, it’s been a great day!
Our farm is more than growing plants and animals. It’s about community and connecting that community with any aspect of farming that speaks to them. Whether it’s therapy with a mule, stretching in goat yoga or purchasing our produce everyone is welcome to enjoy and grow with us.
GERARDO MARTINEZ, Owner, Wild Kid Acres
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
HIKING AND BIKING
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has more than 87 miles of trails to hike, bike, and explore, many connecting to a broader national network of trails and scenic byways. The B&A Trail (named for the former Baltimore & Annapolis railroad) stretches from Boulters Way in Annapolis to Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. The BWI Trail circles Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and connects to the B&A Trail for an added 12.5 miles of paved trail. Prefer hiking to biking? Consider Fort Smallwood in Pasadena or Kinder Park in Millersville; both county parks offer trails and recreation for the whole family. Insider’s tip—visit Kinder Farm in the spring for baby goats, lambs, calves, piglets, and chicks. We can hear the oohs and aahs from here!
FARM TO TABLE
It is hard to drive down a road in Anne Arundel County, especially in the summer months, and not stumble upon a market where you can pick up fresh produce, dairy, meat, and more. The region is becoming well known for its breweries and wineries as well. Stop into a local winery after your farmer’s market trip and discover award-winning Meritage from Thanksgiving Farms or choose an iconic ale from Crooked Crab Brewing Company. After an afternoon of farm stands and markets, gather your goods and pack a picnic for the perfect weekend wind down in the country. For more markets, wineries, and breweries-visit our website.
Conveniently found throughout the county and designed with discerning golfers in mind, you are never far from a day on the fairways in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Discover a full range of 18-hole and 9-hole private and municipal courses from Crownsville to Pasadena. Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks runs two county courses, The Preserve at Eisenhower in Crownsville and Compass Pointe in northern Anne Arundel County. Offering two county courses assures residents and visitors that golf is accessible to all, from novices to scratch golfers. See you on the links!
All are welcome in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and that includes four-legged friends as well! With so many dog beaches and parks to explore, you may want to book a longer stay. Wander through Quiet Waters Park and cool off at their Dog Beach on the shores of the South River. Take your pampered pooch for a paddle or kayak trip through the creeks and waterways of Annapolis. With so many dogfriendly hotels, shops, restaurants (outdoor dining only), and activities, there is no reason to leave your pup at home during your next vacation.
• Bell Branch Park
1150 Barbara Swann Way, Gambrills
• Broadneck Park
613 College Parkway, Annapolis
• Loch Haven Park
3399-3361 Glebe Heights Dr, Edgewater
• Maryland City Park
565 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel
• Overlook Park
98 Governors Gate Lane, Linthicum Heights
• Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis (park entry fee)
• Towsers Branch Park
1405 Jackson Road, Odenton
• Downs Park (Dog Beach) 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena (park entry fee)
• Quiet Waters Park (Dog Beach)
600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis (park entry fee)
SIGHTS TO SEE IN ANNAPOLIS
S ETTLEM ENT
In 1650, Puritans seeking religious freedom nestled into a spot on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and called their new town Providence. Settlers soon spread across the Severn River to the land that now makes up Maryland’s capital city.
The small settlement grew and was renamed Anne Arundell in 1694 in honor of Lord Baltimore’s wife. By the late 1600s, Maryland’s 25,000 inhabitants had spread from Maryland’s then capital, St. Mary’s City, and Governor Francis Nicholson chose the growing town on the Severn as the new provincial capital because of its central location.
Nicholson renamed the new capital Annapolis in honor of Princess Anne, who became Queen of England in 1702. He directed the city be built according to an elaborate Baroque street plan, much like the ones used in great European capitals. The highest town circle revolved around the capitol building. The focal point of the secondhighest circle was an Anglican church. Mixed residential and mercantile areas developed around the waterfront and along the main streets.
By the third quarter of the 18th century, Annapolis was the center of political, cultural, and economic life in the colony. Construction of what is now Annapolis’ famed Maryland State House began in 1772. The State House has since hosted many significant events, including General George Washington’s resignation from the Continental Army in 1783. Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris here on January 14, 1784, officially ending the American Revolution. And, in 1786, delegates from five states convened at the Maryland State House to discuss
changes to the Articles of Confederation. Each of these events occurred in the recently renovated Old Senate Chamber.
The Maryland State House is the first and only state house to serve as the nation’s capitol, when the Continental Congress met here from November 1783 until August 1784. Today, the Maryland State House is recognized as the oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the nation.
A naval school was established at Fort Severn in 1845. In 1850, it was renamed the U.S. Naval Academy. During the Civil War, hospitals at the Naval Academy and St. John’s College treated thousands of wounded Union soldiers. Paroled Union troops camped outside the town.
In the late 19th century, the economic emphasis shifted from Anne Arundel County’s successful plantations to the bodies of water surrounding and flowing through Annapolis. Water trades, including oyster packing, boat building, and sail-making, emerged as major industries. Waterfront villages took root throughout the county, and shipping ports bolstered their workforce.
Boasting a political and cultural history that spans centuries, Annapolis is a thriving “museum without walls” that recounts the birth and evolution of a nation amidst 21st-century living.
Discover 33 historic sites that tell the story of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Each numbered historic site corresponds to the plotted numbers on the map on page 33.Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
Annapolis is a city rich in culture where history from four centuries comes alive. A most refreshing way to see the sights is with access to the Chesapeake Bay. We would invite visitors and locals alike, to take a tour of this spectacular city. Whether by land or by water, a visit to Annapolis is truly an unforgettable journey.”
JAKE & LAURA IVERSEN Co-owners, Watermark
Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors
26 West St. | 410-280-0445
No trip to Annapolis is complete without a stop at our Visitors Center at 26 West Street. We are your “Compass Rose,” pointing you in the direction of history, adventure, and excitement as you navigate your way through our idyllic 18th-century streets! From hidden gems to iconic landmarks and everything in between, our information specialists are ready to guide you in the right direction. Located in Annapolis’ Historic District, the Visitors Center is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the Maryland State House, Banneker-Douglass Museum, and U.S. Naval Academy. Whether you want to explore on your own or take a guided tour by foot, boat, trolley, or electric car, we have maps, brochures, and friendly experts to assist you on your journey. To start planning your trip, go to www.visitannapolis.org or call today.
2 Asbury United Methodist Church
87 West St. | 410-268-9500
This 1888 Gothic Revival church housed one of the earliest African Methodist Episcopal congregations in Annapolis. It stands on the site of their 1803 church.
3 Reynolds Tavern 7 Church Circle | 410-295-9555
The tavern was built between 1747 and 1755 by William Reynolds. From 1812 to 1935, the cashier of Farmers National Bank lived here, and from 1936 to 1957, the building housed the Anne Arundel County Library. The tavern is now a tearoom, pub, and inn.
4 Banneker-Douglass Museum 84 Franklin St. | 410-216-6180
The first African Methodist Episcopal Church of Annapolis was founded in the 1790s. Construction of the church began in 1874. After storm damage in 1896, the church was rebuilt with its present Gothic Revival front facade, including the stained-glass rose windows. In 1984, it became Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage.In 2004, the museum opened a four-story addition.
5 Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse
8 Church Circle | 410-222-1397
The third-oldest courthouse still in use in Maryland. The original Federal-style portion of the courthouse was built in 1824 and enlarged in 1892 in the Italianate style with a projecting tower and cupola.
6 St. Anne’s Church Church Circle | 410-267-9333
The present church, built in Romanesque Revival style, is the third to stand on this site. Construction began in 1859, using some of the walls and the tower of the second church, which had been destroyed by fire in 1858.
7 Government House 110 State Circle | 410-974-3531
The state bought land in 1868 to build a new home for the governor. It was completed in 1870 as a French Empire mansion. A 1936 remodel converted the house into the five-part Georgian style of the Colonial period.
8 Maryland State House 100 State Circle | 410-974-3400
The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and the only state capitol ever to serve as a U.S. capitol. Construction began in 1772. The legislature first met here in 1779. Features include the largest wooden dome in the country. National Historic Landmark. Photo ID required
9 Old Treasury State Circle | 410-260-6445
Built between 1735 and 1737, the Old Treasury is the oldest public building in Maryland. Until 1779, it housed offices of the commissioners who distributed bills of credit, which served as the colony’s paper money.
10 Maryland Inn 16 Church Circle | 410-263-2641
Merchant Thomas Hyde completed this three-story tavern and inn before the Revolution. The stone foundations and Flemish bond brick walls mark the original form. The building has remained an inn throughout its life.
11 Jonas Green House 124 Charles St. | Private
This gambrel-roof dwelling was the home of Jonas Green, Colonial printer of the Maryland Gazette. Built in the 1740s, it housed Green’s print shop until 1786.
12 Zimmerman-Wilson House 138 Conduit St. | 410-267-8705
A rare example of Queen Anne architecture in Annapolis, the pattern-book house was built for Charles Zimmerman, a U.S. Naval Academy band leader and composer of “Anchors Aweigh.”
13 First Presbyterian Church 171 Duke of Gloucester St. | 410-267-8705
The site of the First Presbyterian Church, it originally housed the Hallman Theater, and was built in 1828. The congregation bought the property in 1846. The sanctuary was enlarged in 1874, and in 1948 the steeple was added.
14 Maynard-Burgess House 163 Duke of Gloucester St.
Members of two African American families owned the dwelling for 150 years. Free black man John Maynard was its first occupant. He bought the property in 1847.
15 City Hall/ Ballroom 160 Duke of Gloucester St. | 410-263-7997
Assembly rooms were social gathering places in the 1760s. After the building burned during the Civil War, the three surviving walls were incorporated into the present City Hall.
16 Saint Mary’s Church 109 Duke of Gloucester St. | 410-263-2396
The present church, a Victorian Gothic structure, was dedicated in 1860. The interior displays the rib vaulting and handcarved altar typical of Gothic Revival. The octagonal spire was added around 1876.
17 Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester St.
The circa-1720s house was enlarged in the 1770s, 1790s and 1850s. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in this house in 1737 and lived here until 1821.
18 Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second St. | 410-295-0104
The museum connects visitors to Annapolis’ unique maritime heritage and the natural wonder of the Chesapeake Bay. It is housed in the last remaining oysterpacking plant in the area.
19 Museum of Historic Annapolis 99 Main St. | 410-990-4754
New permanent exhibit, Annapolis: An American Story , shares the dramatic stories of Annapolis and its diverse people— revolutionaries, visionaries, and champions in our nation’s continuing quest for liberty and justice—who helped to shape our American story over more than 400 years.
20 City Dock and Alex Haley Memorial
City Dock has been the center of Annapolis’ maritime life for more than 300 years. At the head of the Dock, a memorial commemorates the 1767 arrival of Kunta Kinte, an African slave immortalized by descendant Alex Haley in the book and television series, “Roots.”
21 Market House 25 Market Space | 443-949-0024
The first market house on this site was built in 1784. The present market was completed in 1858. Today, the Market House celebrates the tastes of Annapolis and Maryland.
22 Middleton Tavern 2 Market Space | 410-263-3323
Samuel Horatio Middleton and his family operated a tavern here from 1754 to 1786. The tavern remains in operation today.
23 Shiplap House 18 Pinkney St. | 410-267-7619
The Shiplap House, circa 1715, was probably built by its first occupant, sawyer Edward Smith. Smith ran an ordinary (tavern) in the house.
24 James Brice House 42 East St. | 410-267-7619
James Brice built this impressive five-part Georgian mansion between 1767 and 1773. National Historic Landmark.
25 William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George St. | 410-990-4543
William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and three-term governor of Maryland, built this five-part Georgian mansion between 1763 and 1765. The property includes a two-acre reconstructed 18th-century pleasure garden.
26 Hammond Harwood House 19 Maryland Ave. | 410-263-4683
Home of the “Most Beautiful Doorway in America,” the house was built in 1774 as a town residence for Mathias Hammond. It was the last work of renowned Colonial architect William Buckland. National Historic Landmark.
27 Chase-Lloyd House 22 Maryland Ave. | 410-263-2723
Edward Lloyd IV bought the unfinished shell of this house from Samuel Chase, a young Annapolis lawyer and future signer of the Declaration of Independence. Lloyd finished the home from 1769 to 1774. His youngest daughter married Francis Scott Key here in 1802. National Historic Landmark.
28 Dahlgren Hall, U.S. Naval Academy | 410-293-2380
Designed by architect Ernest Flagg in 1898, Dahlgren Hall was completed in 1903. It was named for Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren, U.S. Navy, a Civil War inventor of scientifically designed, large-caliber naval guns. Dahlgren Hall has served as an armory, indoor drill area, and a Weapons Department laboratory.
29 McDowell Hall, St. John’s College Campus | 410-263-2371
Construction began in 1742 on a house for Colonial governor Thomas Bladen. When the legislature denied more funds for its completion, the shell became known as “Bladen’s Folly.” Given to St. John’s College in 1784, the building originally housed the entire college. It is named for St. John’s first president.
30 Charles Carroll/The Barrister House, St. John’s College Campus | 60 College Ave. | 410-263-2371
Constructed in 1722, the house is one of the oldest surviving residences in Annapolis. Originally located at the corner of Main and Conduit streets, the Historic Annapolis Foundation bought the house and moved it to St. John’s campus. In 2013, it was fully restored and now houses the college’s admissions office.
31 U.S. Naval Academy Museum Preble Hall | 410-293-2108
The museum contains a collection of more than 50,000 historic objects related to the proud heritage of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Academy. The collection includes the famous Rogers Collection of Ship Models, weapons, navigational instruments, paintings, prints, naval documents, medals, uniforms, and more. Photo ID required.
32 U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel 121 Blake Rd. | 410-293-1100
This 1908 chapel, designed by New York architect Ernest Flagg, is located on the highest point within the “Yard.” Several of the stained-glass windows were made in the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Commodore John Paul Jones, naval hero of the American Revolution, is buried in the crypt. Photo ID required.
33 U.S. Naval Academy Visitor Center Pedestrian Entrance through Gate 1 at Prince George and Craig Sts. | 410-293-8687
In 1845, Fort Severn, belonging to the War Department since 1808, was transferred to the Navy Department for use as a school for midshipmen. Five years later, it was renamed the United States Naval Academy. The National Historic Landmark campus, known as “the Yard,” includes the largest group of Beaux Arts architecture buildings in the country.
Photo ID required.
23 SIGHTS TO SEE in Anne Arundel County
As a companion to our Annapolis-focused 33 Sights to See, which takes you on a very walkable journey through historic downtown, you won’t want to miss the sites on this epic Anne Arundel County “road trip.” The aptly named 23 Sights to See takes you from northern Anne Arundel County just outside of Baltimore and winds you south toward rolling hills and farmland as you meander through charming Chesapeake towns, wineries, and horse country. Along the way, you will encounter historic homes, parks, trails, and more as you explore and enjoy all our scenic bayside county has to offer. Here is a short list of attractions to kick off your adventure and scan the QR code for the full list and discover all that Anne Arundel County has to offer.
1 Hancock’s Resolution 2795 Bayside Beach Road Pasadena, MD 21122 | 410-255-4048
2 Benson Hammond House 7101 Aviation Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 | 410-768-9518
3 National Cryptologic Museum 8290 Colony Seven Road, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 | 301-688-5849
4 The William Brown House 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 | 410-222-1919
5 Woodlawn House, SERC 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 | 443-482-2200
6 Captain Avery Museum 1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764 | 410-867-4486
7 Linthicum Walks 2295 Davidsonville Road, Gambrills, MD 21054 | 410-222-7317
8 Whites Hall, the Johns Hopkins House 2173 Johns Hopkins Road, Gambrills, MD 21054 | 315-729-0633
9 Bacon Ridge Trail 1801 Hawkins Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 Open daily, 6:30 am – 9 pm.
10 Sandy Point State Park 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409 | 410-974-2149
SEAS THE DAY AT U.S.N.A.
Annapolis attracts visitors with its charm—old brick-lined sidewalks, fresh Maryland seafood, historic architecture, and boutique shopping. Located along the banks of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis exudes ambiance.
My role—as head of tourism for the U.S. Naval Academy—is to ensure visitors from all around the world experience the best of what the city has to offer. And what makes Annapolis stand out from other historic seaports and military destinations is the strong connection to the U.S. Navy and Naval Academy. The Academy’s proximity to downtown Annapolis and connection to the community have inextricably tied the military school with the residents.
Ask military officers stationed on The Yard (the Naval Academy campus) what is different about being in Annapolis and they will tell you: Not only is the Academy a working naval base, but it is also a destination for visitors to learn about the history and traditions that prepare the Brigade of Midshipmen to commission into the naval service.
From its founding in 1845, the mission of the U.S. Naval Academy is to “develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty.” Attending the Academy is highly regarded as the admission process is based upon receiving a nomination generally by a seated U.S. Senator or congressional representative.
The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during January and February, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from March through December. Tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.navalacademytourism.com/tours or at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
• The U.S. Naval Academy is open for public tours daily.
• The GPS address is 52 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402.
• The location is walkable from downtown and the main entrance through security at the Visitor Access Center is located adjacent to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
• Parking and directional information can be found here: www.navalacademytourism.com/ how-to-get-here
The Naval Academy is the undergraduate college of the United States naval service. Each June, families from around the globe descend onto the Academy for Induction Day, when midshipmen are sworn into active duty in the U.S. Navy. After attending the Academy for four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, midshipmen commission as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates are required to serve at least five years.
Life at the Academy is cyclical—just as the seasons turn, so do the signature events that make visiting the Academy memorable. The Yard is full of energy in the spring as classes come to an end and Graduation and Commissioning Week are on the horizon. Commissioning Week kicks off with the annual Herndon Monument climb. Open to the public, the climb marks the end of plebe (freshman) year for the class and presents them with a unique challenge. The plebes must retrieve a dixie cup hat that sits atop the 21-foot monument which has been mischievously covered in vegetable shortening by the upper classmen! Visitors can view the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration (and practice) in the skies above the Severn River during Commissioning Week. And they can watch the Color Parade, a presentation of the military discipline, professionalism, and teamwork necessary to succeed as a member of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
• Anyone 18 years of age or older must present a valid, unexpired U.S. government issued photo driver’s license*. Original, unexpired passports will gain admittance in lieu of the previously stated ID form and is required for visitors who are NOT U.S. citizens.
* Effective May 2023, please note that as a result of the REAL ID Act, some state/territory IDs are not sufficient for access to the Academy. Please check the current status of states/ territories to see if your state or territory’s ID is compliant with the REAL ID Act. Driver’s license and state ID from states that aren’t compliant must be accompanied by an acceptable second form of ID (SSN card, certified copy of a Birth Certificate, U.S. Citizen ID Card, etc.). Before your visit, please check the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website for the current list of compliant and non-compliant states and territories.Herndon Monument Climb
Most midshipmen go on summer training, but the incoming class is in full force during Plebe Summer after Induction Day. You have the chance to run into them learning all aspects of midshipman life on the Yard. During the summer, you can also enjoy the Anchors Aweigh Music Tour detailing the U.S. Naval Academy’s rich musical history from Retired Master Chief Dave Hanner. The tour unveils the history behind USNA’s beloved “Anchors Aweigh” song as well as the fascinating and often unknown history of Charles Zimmerman. The musical tour is followed by a complimentary USNA Navy Band performance.
Moving into the fall season with crisp autumn leaves that blanket the Yard, you may enjoy visiting us for a GEM, a five-person electric vehicle, tour. You can’t miss the annual USNA Halloween Concert held in our Main Chapel. The concert is a spectacular event of music, light, drama, and dance. Monte Maxwell, chapel organist, paired with talented midshipmen, draw record-breaking audiences. Tickets sell out fast and should be purchased online as soon as announced.
Winter in Annapolis is breath-taking. The season, known as the “Dark Ages” by midshipmen and alumni alike, brings snow adventure. You may even catch one of the largest rousing snowball fights if you time it right in front of Bancroft Hall, the midshipman dormitory. Plus, plan your visit in February to see the USNA Glee Club Winter Musical–in true Broadway style.
During the academic year, there are a few key milestones and events not to be missed! Make time to take the historical Yard tour at 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. including the traditional noon meal formation of the Brigade (weekdays excluding Wednesdays). This tradition began in 1905 to take attendance and is a mustsee on your visit.
After the noon meal formation, find lunch for yourself at the Alley Restaurant, housed in the lower level of the Naval Academy Club (weekdays). Then, located right across the street from the Alley, visit the Tripoli Monument. Known as the oldest military monument in the United States, the monument recognizes Navy heroes that died at Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.
Preble Hall, home to the Naval Academy Museum, is the next stop with two floors of exhibits about the history of
Whenever Kay and I have out of town guests we always take them on the tour of the Naval Academy; the guides are very knowledgeable and there is so much to see. I would also recommend a sunset cruise on the Schooner Woodwind and see Annapolis from the water. Finally, it’s crab cakes and Dark and Stormies at the Boatyard to cap off the day.BILL GIVENS, Senior Associate Athletic Director Operations & Championships
sea power, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America’s sailors and Marines.
For a mid-day pick me up (or a strong start to the day), grab a snack at one of the 1845 Coffee locations. Step inside the oldest standing building on the Yard, order a delicious treat, and peek inside the shadow box that displays the original architecture of this special spot. Proceeds from the shop support the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Did you know that more than 50 Naval Academy graduates have become astronauts? Learn more about this and other interesting facts about midshipmen and alumni at the ArmelLeftwich Naval Academy Visitor Center before you go.
After your first visit to the Academy, the memories you capture will beckon you to return. Whether it be the change of the seasons, a sporting event, a cultural performance, or a parade, visitors somehow always find a way to make it back to Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and to the Naval Academy. Go Navy!
AUTHOR, HEATHER SKIPPER
Heather’s Local Faves
★ Bay Bridge Run
★ Getting some great fresh air and exercise out on the B&A Trail
★ Grabbing an ice cream treat and watching the variety of boats going by in Ego Alley
WHERE CULINARY ADVENTURE BEGINS
Think you know what to expect on a local menu? Think again. This crossroads of a county is a distinctive mix of Chesapeake Bay traditions and international influences.
The Annapolis culinary scene runs as deep as its heritage. The port town established as an English settlement in 1649 was a promising commercial center for the new colony. The Bay’s seafood bounty long predates that, and is evident in dishes throughout the county, as there are more surprising influences that span styles and cultures. The county’s position as a crossroads made it a spirited social spot as well, with George Washington and signers of the Declaration of Independence sharing toasts at the still-lively Reynolds and Middleton Taverns. Politicians and lobbyists keep the tradition alive today at places like Harry Browne’s Restaurant, conveniently located across the street from the Maryland State House.
Downtown Annapolis wears its heart on its sleeve and on its menus. You’d be hard-pressed to find a higher concentration of crabmeat on menus anywhere else in the country, and with good reason: the Chesapeake Bay you see from City Dock is the best blue-crab nursery in the world. If you’ve had a crab cake elsewhere but not here, the truth is you’ve never really had one. A classic Maryland crab cake is all lump meat, with just enough binding to hold it together. But it’s not just crab cakes that beckon. You’ll find crabmeat hash for breakfast at Iron Rooster, crab-topped pizza at Fox’s Den, soft-shell crab tacos at Vida Taco Bar, and the list goes on.
Oysters are another regional treasure, with a deep legacy from the 19th century, when oystermen brought their bounty to City Dock and sold the bivalves from their boats. Today, you can savor oysters served chilled on the half shell at historic Annapolis Market House, char-grilled at McGarvey’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, paired with shrimp cocktail and tuna poke at Fran O’Brien’s, or dropped into oyster shooters (vodka and cocktail sauce) at Middleton Tavern. All within a one-block radius.
But that doesn’t mean downtown Annapolis is only about seafood. Café Normandie is a longtime staple that takes you to Provence, France, while Osteria 177 and Acqua Al 2 share different regions of Italian cuisine. The culinary diversity continues on West Street, a cornerstone of Annapolis’ Arts & Entertainment District. Experience Oaxacan cuisine at Picante, stellar sushi at Tsunami, classic pub food paired with live music at Stan & Joe’s Saloon or Rams Head Tavern, and creative small plates at Level. Farther along West Street, hop from True Food Kitchen to Tuscan Prime Italian Steakhouse to Ziki Japanese Steakhouse at the Annapolis Town Center outdoor mall. On the Annapolis Neck peninsula, dig into great barbecue at Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern or classic American fare (and delicious cakes) at Main & Market.Galway Bay Preserve O’Leary’s Seafood
A Pub Crawl by Every Vantage Point
Annapolis is a city of layers with centuries of history. But don’t get the idea that it’s an outdoor museum; Annapolis is a thriving city that loves to socialize and celebrate. Here are 10 great bars beloved by locals and visitors alike, each offering a distinct perspective of our Sailing Capital.
For Great Views
You can’t get any closer to Ego Alley than the patio at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille; it edges the side of the channel, which serves as a watery runway for boaters who want to show off their boating skills. Order a Painkiller invented at their sister bar on Tortola Island, British Virgin Islands.
With sweeping views overlooking Ego Alley and Spa Creek, The Choptank Annapolis receives as much acclaim for its food as for its breathtaking views. And with 8,500 square feet of outdoor dining space, that’s saying a lot. Order a Point of No Return, made with Maryland’s own Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey, and ask for a seat on the top deck for the best vantages from Annapolis’s newest waterfront spot. Their signature Crushes get rave reviews. Try lemon, the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
They don’t take reservations for the rooftop deck at Blackwall Hitch, an Eastport favorite, so get there early. Sunday brunch is the perfect time to watch the goings-on in Spa Creek and beyond, with a signature Bloody Mary in hand. Carrol’s Creek Café is a longtime award winner for the best view in town, thanks to its oversized deck overlooking Spa Creek and the iconic Annapolis Yacht Club across the way. Order a bottle of your favorite wine and prepare to linger over it.
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge caters to a cosmopolitan crowd, the perfect fit for its prime location in the Arts and Entertainment District. Their Cucumber Moon–made with citrus vodka, elderflower, and house made sour–is an in-the-know favorite, as is their rooftop deck overlooking Annapolis.
What Lies Beneath
The tiny, brick-walled Drummer’s Lot graces the basement of The Maryland Inn, one of the oldest hotels in the country. Rumor has it there’s a centuries-old tunnel that runs from behind the bar to St. Anne’s Church–something to ponder while you sip a classic martini or Manhattan.
With a lively tearoom and restaurant on its ground floor, Reynolds Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Annapolis. Go downstairs to cozy up by the fireplace at the aptly named 1747 Pub, set in the original kitchen, and enjoy your choice from their fine collection of Maryland-made brews on tap.
Located in an 18th-century former bank building on Church Circle, Acqua al 2 is one of the city’s newest restaurants. After indulging in authentic Florentine cuisine, head to their subterranean speakeasy, Harold Black (named after the owner’s grandfather), for a Prohibition-era cocktail like a Bee’s Knees, made with gin, lemon, and honey.
Fox’s Den is located on Main Street, but you wouldn’t know it unless you looked for their sign that directs you downstairs to a speakeasy-style bar. Ask the bartender to whip up a special, tapping into their ever-changing selection of house-made syrups and barrel-aged cocktails. Check out the For Fox Sake cocktail, their take on a whiskey sour.
Rams Head Tavern is one the best live music venues on the East Coast, offering fantastic pub food in its historic dining rooms and garden. Fewer people know about their cubbyhole basement bar with brick walls, timbered ceiling, and smoke-stained fireplaces that wear the history of the city’s earliest days. Try a seasonal beer from Fordham & Dominion, named in part for Benjamin Fordham who pioneered the area’s brewing industry back in 1703.
I am homegrown in this area, and Annapolis has changed since childhood. As an adult, I have discovered new treasures.
Everyone should take the tour with Mrs. Janice Hayes-Williams.
The knowledge and experience you get from her are outstanding! After, enjoy great food at Evelyn’s, I tell everyone to try the AZTK food truck near the BP on Old Solomons Island Road. One of the best there is.ERIKA JOHNSON, Founder and Executive Director, PrettyGirl Academy, Inc.
Northern Anne Arundel County adds to the mix of flavors. Locals head up Route 2 for authentic Guatemalan chicken pepian at Chapines, Vietnamese pho at VN Noodle House, lamb vindaloo at Namaste Fine Indian Cuisine, or Jamaican ackee and saltfish at Judy’s Island Grill. On the northern edge of the county, Pasadena offers a slew of dock bars that pair fresh seafood with relaxing views. For starters, check out Sam & Maggie’s Dockside Grill for scratch cuisine with Latin and Caribbean influences, The Rumor Reel for soft crab sandwiches and family-friendly fare, or Rams Head Dockside for seafood, burgers, and brews.
Should your travels take you to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for a brief stay, take advantage of the opportunity to experience some of the best food in the county. While Live!
Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover is the state’s largest gaming-entertainment venue, it’s also home to signature steaks at The Prime Rib and tasty Asian fusion at Luk-Fu. Just down the road, swing by G&M Restaurant & Lounge, a landmark since 1993. (Their crab cakes are so good, they ship them nationwide.)
If you like craft beer, you’re in luck. Anne Arundel County is home to a slew of breweries, from tiny Forward Brewing in Eastport (try the Annapolis Boat, a delicious Kolsch-style ale) to Pherm Brewing Company in Crofton. They’re part of a quartet of breweries that make up the BWI Craft Brewery Trail. More of an oenophile? Head to Great Frogs Winery in Annapolis for a weekend wine tasting with live music or enjoy a scenic drive to Thanksgiving Farm Winery in scenic South County.
The Sweet Stuff
When it’s time to beat the heat, Annapolitans don’t scream for ice cream; they head for one of the great shops around town.
Annapolis Ice Cream Company on Main Street has been hand making creamy ice cream with all natural ingredients since 2004 and garnering a slew of awards in the process. They offer classic flavors as well as creative twists like mint Oreo and blueberry pie, made with actual pie. The goodness continues at their sister stores, Always Ice Cream , in West Annapolis and Edgewater.
At The Daily Scoop in Pasadena, 32 flavors are always on tap, but you never know which ones to expect; they make them onsite and change them up daily. Along with cones and sundaes, you’ll find ice cream cakes and ice cream pies in stock or customizable with advance orders. Looking for something a little less rich? Try their New York-style Italian ice.
If you love retro, you’ll love Ann’s Dari-Crème This classic roadside staple on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie has been pleasing families since 1951. Order soft-serve cones and cups topped with jimmies, hot fudge, or walnuts. Better yet, make a meal of it by pairing the ice cream with a footlong hot dog and enjoying it at a picnic table.
You’ll know The Red Bean by its distinctive red façade on upper Main Street. Choose your ice cream flavor (chocolate or vanilla) and then customize it with mix-ins, from fresh fruit to crushed candy, syrups and sauces, nuts, and even spices. (Yes, there’s Old Bay–this is Annapolis.) They also have specialty coffee drinks from classic Americano to peanut butter mocha espresso. Everything possible is produced or sourced locally.
Storm Brothers has been a City Dock staple for more than 45 years, when the Storm brothers (yes, that’s their name) opened their shop at the tender ages of 19 and 20. Nothing says summer like standing in line (there’s always one, but it moves fast!) and then enjoying your cone as you people watch along Ego Alley.
like standing in line (there’s always one, your cone as you people watch along and Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle. And, if
Pop Pops Ice Creamery in Edgewater has 32 flavors onsite, including traditional favorites and decadent combos like Caramel Cheesecake Cookie Monster and Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle. And, if you’re a fan of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream , the regional chain from Pennsylvania, you’re in luck; they have outposts in Annapolis, Severna Park, and Glen Burnie.
Although you could dine and drink out every day to try something new, you don’t have to, especially if you’re staying in a place with a kitchen. Farmer’s markets throughout Anne Arundel County highlight the best of area farms, from duck eggs to mushrooms, six days a week. Food Truck Tuesdays at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department in Severna Park feature an ever-changing array of the area’s most popular offerings, including Blondie’s Doughnuts, Greek on the Street, and All Fired Up pizza. The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market at Annapolis Harbour Center serves up the best that Lancaster County farmers and food artisans have to offer, from fresh produce and cheeses, to baked foods and snacks, to hot food favorites including sausage-stuffed pretzel rolls. (Yes, there is a line. And yes, it is worth it.) They are open Thursdays through Saturdays, so plan accordingly.
Last—but certainly not least—is the Maryland Crab Feast! Pick a date, any date, during the April through October Maryland crab season for a mouthwatering adventure. Cantler’s Riverside Inn may be the most famous crab house in the area, family-owned for generations. But every local has his or her favorite. Mike’s Crab House in Edgewater overlooks the South River. Mike’s Crab House North in Pasadena overlooks Rock Creek. The Crab Shack, with outposts in Edgewater and Crofton, serves its steamed crabs at colorful picnic tables. Snag an outside picnic table or order steamed crabs to go at Wild Country Seafood in Eastport. Pit Boys in Annapolis offers steamed crabs to go, along with another regional specialty, slow-cooked pit beef sandwiches. If you’re not a crab fan (yet), no worries. Crab houses have plenty of tempting items on their menus—from fried shrimp to steak, and everything in between.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT MARYLAND CRABS?
It’s true, Marylander’s are crazy about crabs. You’ll see them on everything from T-shirts and hoodies to flags and dishware. The Blue Crab is our official state crustacean (yes, that’s a thing), and the inspiration for our unofficial state slogan: Maryland is for Crabs.
What makes them so special? A crab is a crab, right? Wrong. Maryland blue crabs grow up in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, which is a mix of salt and fresh water (also called brackish water). We think that mix makes them sweeter than crabs that come from saltier regions, like the Gulf of Mexico. Blue crabs also hibernate over the winter, burrowing beneath the seagrasses on the Bay floor. They build up fat stores throughout the summer and fall that helps them survive the winter. This leads to their delicious buttery taste.
Then there’s preparation. Most other places boil their crabs, but Marylanders know that steaming is the way to go: It keeps them moist, without the risk of water logging. And when you do it the real Maryland way, steaming them with
beer (a light one, preferably local Natty Boh) and loads of Old Bay or J&O seasoning, the result is a flavor like no other.
Crab season runs from April through November, with the crabs getting plumper and meatier later in the season. At a traditional Maryland-style crab feast, the steamed crabs are presented on a large platter, or poured onto the center of a long table covered with paper. It’s true family style, with everyone eating from the same batch. Order up sides of Eastern Shore sweet corn and hush puppies, and you have a feast! Crabs take a lot of work to eat, which is part of the joy—crab feasts are the perfect way to spend time around the table with the ones you love.
Dock of the Bay
Boating is a part of the Annapolis lifestyle, and dock bars are a part of the boating lifestyle. It should come as no surprise that, with more than 500 miles of shoreline, Annapolis and its environs have fantastic docking-anddining options tailor-made for boaters. Don’t have a boat? They’re all drivable as well, with waterside seating that won’t let you miss out.
Beacon Waterfront Galley and Dock Bar is a welcome new addition close to downtown. Located just off the Severn River in Chesapeake Harbor Marina, they offer fresh seafood from their lighthouse-inspired restaurant and live music and cocktails at their outdoor patio bar along the dock.
Galesville is one of Anne Arundel County’s most popular boating destinations, thanks to two fantastic dock bars jutting out into the West River. Pirates Cove Restaurant and Dock Bar is part of the acclaimed Irish Restaurant Company (owners of iconic Galway Bay in Annapolis, Brian Boru in Severna Park, and Killarney House in
Davidsonville), while Stan and Joe’s Riverside is the dock bar outpost of Stan and Joe’s Saloon, a lively staple in Annapolis known for its live music and great pub food.
The South County town of Deale is home to The Boathouse at Anchored Inn. This low-key favorite at Hidden Harbour Marina on Rockhold Creek serves up crushes and rum cocktails from a weathered deadrise boat-turned-bar, making for a perfect Instagram-worthy photo.
Enjoy steamed seafood, fresh oysters, tacos, and crabtopped deviled eggs at perennial award winner Ketch 22 at the southern end of Anne Arundel County on Herring Bay at Herrington Harbor South. Or, head north to their equally lauded sister restaurant, The Point Crab House & Grill. Located on Mill Creek in Arnold, it’s a local favorite for steamed crabs and all-day music on weekends.
Just around the corner from The Point on charming Deep Creek, Donnelly’s Dockside welcomes boaters with custombuilt docks and boatside delivery. If you prefer, choose an umbrellaed table out on the pier and feel like you’re on a boat without the work–the best of both worlds.
Crab Cake • Raw Bar
Family Friendly Boater s /Sailors B ar
Freshest local seafood and oyster selection, soft crabs, lobster rolls, fish tacos, crab dip, crab soups
Gift certificates online & in-house
Weekend brunch • Happy Hour Mon–Thurs 3–6 pm
On Restaurant Row in Historic Eastport Fourth & Severn, Eastport–Annapolis 410-216-6206 boatyardbarandgrill.com
OUR CRAB CAKES SHIP: www.goldbelly.com/boatyard-bar-and-grill
Come experience what locals and visitors rave about, and why we’re so proud to be honored by OpenTable as:
One of the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America
Among the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America
From its first years as an English settlement, then known as Providence, Annapolis was an epicenter of culture. Artisans were championed and revered, and cabinet makers like John Shaw were regaled throughout the colonies for their craftsmanship. Woodworking, pottery, painting, and printmaking were the hallmarks of our colonial cultural past. Many of our talented arts community continue with these traditions today, with a few modern interpretations and improvements.
As you travel around Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, you will encounter numerous avenues for creative expression. Here, we wear our (he)ARTS on our sleeves and our walls. A short walk through our historic city center will find you face-to-face with a variety of thought-provoking murals exploring social justice issues and lauding changemakers who have made great impact regionally and beyond. Many others are wonderfully whimsical, begging to take a selfie with you.
Anne Arundel County also plays host to a vibrant theatre and performing arts community. Catching a musical in the Summer Garden Theater is a timeless tradition. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra plays throughout the year and even offers a free concert each summer at the outdoor amphitheater in Quiet Waters Park. If learning a craft or taking a class is on your bucket list, register for a lecture at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts or enroll in an art class at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park.
Live music is a nightly occurrence throughout the county. The HALL at Live! at Live Casino & Hotel Maryland serves up national acts in a state-of-the-art concert hall. For an intimate affair, peruse the robust concert events calendar at Rams Head On Stage and see your favorite bands in a cabaret-style setting, or stop by a local restaurant or pub for a nightly set from a regional musician.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland includes many modern and classical performances each season, including the beloved holiday staple, The Nutcracker. The Classic Theatre of Maryland brings world-class performances to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County with interpretations of Shakespearean Classics performed at historic estates and at their West Street venue. They also offer a monthly cabaret performance in addition to their holiday musicals.
As you explore the Arts & Entertainment Districts of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, you may decide to take home a piece of art to call your own. With numerous artists and galleries across the county, you will easily find a work of art to commemorate your visit to the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region.
Art is about vision, expression, and building moments that unite us. In the end, it really is about (he)ART. Discover what makes your ART tick and choose your unforgettable moment with a complete listing of arts and culture on our website.
With meandering cobblestone streets, inviting picturesque 18th-century buildings, and captivating views of the Chesapeake Bay—you could not plan a more Instagram-worthy shot list if you tried! Read along as we offer up a road map to the most picturesque locales in downtown #Annapolis. Be sure to tag us @visitannapolis on social media. You never know; we may share it on our feed!
On Pinkney Street, visitors are greeted by a colorful array of historic residences, including a pink house! On this one-way street, there is no parking; therefore, your snaps will look much the same as they did in the early 1800s. With its white picket fence at the bottom of the street, the red Shiplap House is thought to be the city’s second-oldest structure and is also rumored to be haunted! This cobbled colonial street is also in high demand for family photo shoots and is incredibly vibrant during sunrise. #FamilyGoals
Maryland Avenue is a quaint and vibrant shopping destination. It is also a mix of several architectural styles that serve as the perfect backdrop for Instagram Influencers: centuries-old buildings juxtaposed with Art Deco storefronts; homes made of formstone, a stucco treatment that peaked in the 1950s; to slightly tilting row homes and shops from the 1900s, all spilling onto the cobblestone street. This early American avenue is
the crossroads of urban bohemian and American Revolutionary elegance and deserves a prominent post on your account.
Annapolis was once known as the cultural center of the colonies, the Athens of the New World. So, it is no wonder that art, especially outdoor art, continues to call to us to this day. Murals in Anne Arundel County are painted to enhance the architecture of the building or praise the joys of living in a bayside town. Some commemorate the history and culture of Annapolis or simply beg to be the star of your next Instagram post. The most celebrated murals on the ‘Gram are the Wisteria Wall on Fleet Street, the Equal Justice for All Mural just off Church Circle, The Best Place-For All Interactive Mural at Gotts Court Garage, and the new Watermen’s Mural across from Gibson’s Lodgings on Prince George Street.
ALLEYS & LANES
Annapolis was designed in the style of Baroque European cities. City planners built grand traffic circles with vast roadways spreading outward around religious and state power centers. The layout made it difficult to travel on foot, so instead of cutting through backyards and vacant lots, Annapolitans took shortcuts between buildings. Chancery Lane and Cabbage Alley are two old alleyways in downtown Annapolis, of the handful remaining intact. Chancery Lane provides a quick route from Main Street to State Circle and is the perfect location for photos of the historic State House dome. Cabbage Alley transforms
Though I may be a bit biased, I truly believe Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is
places to visit in Annapolis! There are shows, classes, gallery exhibitions, workshops and events happening all year long. For a smile, I enjoy visiting the dog beach at Quiet Waters Park. The trails at Greenbury Point are fun with stunning Bay views. And there’s always something unique and delicious to eat at Preserve.
into Snowflake Alley during the holidays, and residents, as well as tourists, line up for their turn to make a little selfie history of their own, with many making it an annual winter holidays tradition. Smile, and say “snowflake!”
GREAT FROGS WINERY
A mere four miles from the city center and the historic selfie spots of downtown Annapolis lies Harness Creek Vineyards, home to Great Frogs Winery. This lovely plot of land has been used for agriculture since 1691, so it retains its green space roots and provides the perfect terroir for a winery. No matter the weather, this winery serves up the
charm. Just a quick look at their Instagram account, and you will see they have more than their fair share of rainbows. Add in a stunning tasting room, repurposed from an old barn with twinkling lights, to create the perfect atmosphere—and backdrop for romance, girls’ nights, and of course, swoon-worthy selfies! We know what is at the end of the rainbow, Instagram gold!
Now that you have the info the only thing left to do is snap away! Tag us and share what you discover in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Instagram and Facebook @visitannapolis.
Located on West Street in Downtown Annapolis, Rams Head Tavern has been an award winning favorite for over 30 years. Enjoy modern tavern fare in one of our cozy dining rooms, historic pub, or on the Wisteriacovered patio and you’ll see why so many Annapolitans consider Rams Head their second home.
Since 1997, Rams Head On Stage has welcomed over 2 million music lovers to experience ‘The Top Club Under 500 Seats In The World’. Our intimate venue offers reserved table seating, light tavern fare, cocktail service and exceptional views of the stage from every seat.
JACKIE COLEMAN, Executive Director, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
NAVIGATING YOUR WAY AROUND ANNAPOLIS, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY & BEYOND
When you think of international travel destinations, cities like Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles may come to mind. But what if you could access international hubs while still enjoying a laid-back, casual feel to your travels? It’s no secret the East Coast is home to some of the most desirable cities to visit like New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. If you’re looking for a great base camp to access any of these great places, consider Anne Arundel County for your stay.
Whether you are navigating the area for pleasure, as a business traveler, or someone looking to settle down long-term in, you will find it easy to move through the area locally, regionally, nationally, and even internationally with the reliable transportation options and systems in place.
GETTING HERE—TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES
The BWI/Arundel Mills region is built around the idea of accessibility, hospitality, and entertainment. Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a world-class travel center with numerous means of arrival and departure including domestic and international flights, cross-country train lines through Amtrak, easy access to Baltimore City via the Light Rail, and numerous rental car options. If you plan to stay nearby in the BWI/Arundel Mills region, convenient shuttle services are offered at a wide selection to transport you to and from the airport, your hotel, and the region’s many nearby attractions. If your goal is to experience the heart of downtown Annapolis, a short taxi and app-based car services like Uber and Lyft are just a swipe away. For large groups, an airport shuttle can be reserved for custom trips.
If you’re Washington, D.C. bound and staying in the BWI/Arundel Mills region, guests can journey to Baltimore City’s Penn Station utilizing the Light Rail. Upon exiting the Light Rail for Penn Station, travelers can buy tickets for the MARC train that runs from Baltimore’s Penn Station to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. These stations are both historic sites with awe-inspiring architecture and place you in the heart of the cities’ cultural epicenters. Visitors staying in Annapolis and wanting to access the nation’s capital can choose to drive into the city itself, or park at New Carrollton in nearby Prince George’s County and utilize the Metro Rail to avoid navigating city streets.
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT (BWI)— A PREMIER TRAVEL HUB
BWI Airport is highly regarded in passenger satisfaction surveys for its variety of dining and shopping choices, affordability, and as a convenient travel hub with a variety of parking options. Southwest Airlines is by far the biggest and most active carrier at this airport—but you can also find British Airways, United, Delta, Spirit/Jetblue, Air Canada, Frontier, Allegiant, American and more. New carriers are added frequently such as Iceland’s Play Airlines connecting you to the rest of the world.
Big changes are afoot at Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). A $332.5 million investment is under way that will improve the passenger experience and is the most significant terminal upgrade in the airport’s history.
The project includes enhancements to Southwest Airline’s hub operations, including an improved baggage system, a direct connection of Concourses A and B, as well as upgraded concessions and shopping areas. Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at BWI with more than 100 daily flights to destinations across the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
As a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, working in local government these past few years has opened my eyes to so much.
For example, did you know Annapolis is not the only incorporated municipality in the county? The Town of Highland Beach was incorporated in 1922, becoming Maryland’s first African American municipality. I encourage all visitors to stop by the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center to learn more about the history of Highland Beach.
VINCENT MOULDEN, Director, Community Engagement & Constituent Services
Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office Tours are by appointment only. Visit www.fdmc.org for information.
More Downtown Parking!
Opening Summer 2023, a new and improved Noah Hillman Garage will improve the visitor experience in downtown Annapolis. Located at 150 Gorman Street, the parking facility will include 165 more spaces than the prior garage, and will feature improved lighting, conveniences, and other parking enhancements for visitors to enjoy.
Convenience for the traveler is the BWI team’s top priority. With more than 21 domestic and international airlines, including popular travel routes for Southwest Airlines patrons, BWI is the perfect airport to access low fares and connect you to any part of the country. BWI has a convenient Cell Phone lot so if someone is meeting you upon arrival, there’s no need to arrange a perfectly timed, high stress pick up at the terminal.
BWI accommodates the needs of passengers with special considerations for families with small children, hosting play areas for getting out that pre-boarding energy; nursing mothers, housing Mamava units throughout the concourse for clean and private feeding or pumping; and passengers flying with pets have access to animal relief areas. Other comforts include a meditation space for those who need a respite from the stimulation of a busy airport, and sites to see like the Observation Deck and rotating art shows by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
LIFE IS A HIGHWAY—TRAVELING BY CAR
If you’re road-tripping, the Anne Arundel County region’s convenient location along both I-95 and Route 50 makes it a perfect stop to include in your travel plans. Annapolis is an easy drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. but continue east on Route 50 and you’ll find beautiful countryside on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. But not before you cross one of the country’s most epic bridges. The William Preston Memorial Bridge, most commonly known as the Bay Bridge, is a 5-mile span crossing the Chesapeake Bay with unrivaled views of both Annapolis and Kent Island shorelines. In addition to fun dockside restaurants along the Kent Narrows, highlights of the Eastern Shore include historic Easton, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, and beach towns along the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re heading north to Philadelphia, Route 301 is an easy drive with lots of scenery.
Visitor Information Kiosk at City Dock
Photo by Annapolis Aperture
The City of Annapolis has unique characteristics that define it as a must-see destination. You can walk through the streets and experience living history while viewing the colonial architecture, gardens, and landmarks. Orienting yourself around these landmarks will help you easily navigate the city while enjoying its views. The city is flanked by the majestic Maryland State House, where the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence; St. John’s College, the third oldest college in the nation; the revered United States Naval Academy and its glorious Chapel Dome; and the picturesque waterfront on the Severn River. The main arteries of Annapolis—West Street, Main Street, and Rowe Boulevard— all converge upon three main traffic circles: State Circle, surrounding the State House; Church Circle, with landmark St. Anne’s Church in the center; and Westgate Circle, the furthest circle from the harbor, yet only a little over a mile’s walk. The city is quite enjoyable and manageable to explore on foot.
While the Noah Hillman Parking Garage is under construction, Annapolis has bolstered its alternative travel options and made it easier to park and shuttle around town. The ADA-accessible Free Downtown Shuttle (also called the Circulator) runs continuously from Park Place to City Dock, with seven convenient stops along the route. Park Place and Knighton garages are among these stops, with several other garages and lots within walking distance, including the Calvert Street Garage that is free on weekends. AccessAnnapolis.com allows you to track the shuttle’s location at any time. The site also has links for the Annapolis ride-share app Annapolis Go, as well as the BIRD app for renting bikes and scooters you’ll find throughout the city.
The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center is located next to Gotts Court garage and the adjacent Circle parking lot, where you can talk to destination experts about booking a walking or trolley tour, water taxi, or cruise around Annapolis Harbor.
If you’re in town for a special event like the Annapolis Boat Shows or holiday shopping, check out VisitAnnapolis.org or scan the QR code for recommended travel methods and special promotional parking.
Participating garages partner with local businesses to validate parking, and sometimes additional temporary lots or additional shuttles are implemented to accommodate big events. If you’re trying to avoid stadium traffic on game days, avoid Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue and try alternative routes for accessing downtown like outer West Street or Spa Road leading into Westgate Circle.
Learn More! GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ALL—ADA TRAVEL
We are dedicated to serving visitors of all abilities and can recommend wonderful experiences with ADA considerations for you and your loved ones to ensure a spectacular stay. Guests seeking to rent mobility equipment can make an appointment with Freedom Mobility Solutions, a short trip from the airport, offering motorized vehicle, wheelchair, and other adaptive solutions. BWI airport offers topof-the-line all accommodations for patrons with needing special assistance and their service animals. Visit www.bwiairport.com/flying-with-us/accessibility to plan your travel. Prior arrangements can also be made with the City of Annapolis for ADA Paratransit Service by visiting www.annapolis.gov/193/ADA-Paratransit-Service
For downtown fun, the Free Shuttle is wheelchair accessible and can help you scope out stops along the way of its West Street to City Dock route, and many West Street events occur in close proximity to a number of parking garages for minimal transport. Guests can enjoy prized experiences like a Navy football game, a cruise around the Bay, holiday fun, live entertainment, and more, with ADA-accessible vessels and venues throughout the city. Natural open spaces like Quiet Waters, Fort Smallwood, Kinder Farm Park, and Downs Park offer paved trails for picnicking, fishing, birding, and exploring.
Local organization CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating), which recently celebrated its 30th year, will be debuting a dedicated Adaptive Boating Center, the only facility of its kind in the country. Featuring a 16-slip floating dock that exceeds ADA standards outfitted with hoyer lifts, as well as classroom space amidst a beautiful waterfront property, CRAB brings the thrill and therapeutic benefits of sailing to people with disabilities, recovering warriors, and youth from underserved communities.
GROUP TOURS—THE MORE THE MERRIER!
Motorcoaches and group tour leaders can contact the Group Sales Team at 410-280-0445 to learn about the attractions perfectly suited for pickup, drop-off, and hospitality of large groups. The BWI/Arundel Mills district is built with big entertainment in mind with large venues for dining, meeting space, live shows, gambling, and shopping. Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, Medieval Times, and the Guinness Brewery are just some of the places you can enjoy with a group.
The historic City of Annapolis is a great walkable destination for tour groups that want it all. From colonial history and garden tours to numerous ways to get on the water, Watermark Journeys has your group covered. Watermark offers charters with private yachts for groups celebrating social, business, and wedding events. From Westgate Circle to City Dock, you can find just about any dish you’re in the mood for (The region is known for seafood!) and some restaurants have separate event rooms that can accommodate larger numbers. Within a 5-minute drive, Parole has many great restaurants and shopping options at the Annapolis Town Center, Westfield Annapolis mall, and Annapolis Harbour Center.
JOIN US BY WATER
With Annapolis’ prime location in the Chesapeake Bay, coordinates 38° 58’ 05” N, 76° 27’ 38” W, it makes perfect sense to arrive by boat. With rivers and creeks to explore and tons of marinas, it’s no wonder Annapolis is the sailing capital of the country. Whether you are propelled by wind or power, you can dock in the midst of the excitement of downtown or the tranquility of the Anne Arundel countryside.
For a slip at City Dock, contact the Harbormaster on VHF 17 or by phone at 410-263-7973 with the length of your vessel, official number if state registration isn’t shown, captain’s phone number, and payment method. Once your vessel is docked, your sea legs can walk to the U.S. Naval Academy, the attractions of Main Street, or across the Spa Creek Drawbridge to the Maritime Republic of Eastport.
Across Anne Arundel County are gems of marinas, each with their own characteristics and adventures waiting to be discovered. You can enjoy the epic view of the Bay Bridge from a slip at Sandy Point State Park, or a famous Maryland crab cake at Herrington Harbour or Pirates Cove Marina. Bring your kayak or SUP aboard to explore the many creeks and waterways that give you an intimate view of bay life.
(Check out the “Waterfront Activities” section on page 17 for information on paddle rentals, boat charters, fishing spots and more!) Visit portbook.com to view a detailed interactive map of marinas and marine services to plan your next stay via waterway.
For an extended tour of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in America, check out “A Boater’s Guide to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail” by John Page Williams, available through the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. As the country’s first national historic water trail, you can retrace the route of Captain John Smith, who is credited with publishing the first accurate map of the Bay with help from local Native tribes. Smith’s findings laid the foundation for the establishment of America as we know it today. This helpful guide gives you a sense of various regions of the Bay with practical information to help you set out on a journey of your own while bringing history to life through stories of Smith’s travels.
ANCHOR DOWN—RELOCATING TO ANNAPOLIS
The City of Annapolis has a sense of community like a small town with a lot to offer like a big city. As home to the U.S. Naval Academy, St. John’s College, rich history, more than 500 miles of shoreline, parks galore, and easy access to major travel hubs, it’s a great place to retire or begin a new chapter of your life. Annapolitans are very warm and welcoming and often very curious to know your story. Midshipmen from all over the country attend the U.S. Naval Academy, and with a hopping summer tourism scene, the area attracts visitors from across the globe. Retail businesses and restaurants tend to remain strong during varying economic climates—a perk whether you are an entrepreneur or patron. A short drive from Annapolis, there are plenty of real estate opportunities throughout Anne Arundel County that mean larger properties within quieter, even rural settings. If you want to live in the heart of the action and take advantage of Annapolis’ walkability, there are many charming homes in the historic district and beyond that would make for a lovely abode. Get in touch with any of Anne Arundel County’s many qualified realtors to find the perfect setting for life’s next big adventure!
H is tor ical C harm M ee t s M odern C o m for t
From sailing the Chesapeake to strolling the historic streets of downtown, Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is your gateway to Maryland’s charming maritime town. With breathtaking harbor views, flexible event spaces, and a prime location with easy access to shops, eateries, and local attractions, our hotel is a treasured waterfront retreat.
Just steps away from the US Naval Academy and the only hotel on the harbor, our property features bright, spacious guest rooms with relaxed furnishings and welcoming amenities that promise a perfect stay. Take a seat in our inviting lobby, have a bite at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, and enjoy exceptional service in storied surroundings.
Discover unique charm at The Westin Annapolis
The Westin Annapolis provides premier access to popular attractions such as the United States Naval Academy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Chesapeake Bay. Take a self-guided tour of historic Annapolis and admire the sailboats as you stroll along the Annapolis Waterfront. Once you have explored our charming Maryland town, retreat to our modern accommodations boasting heavenly bedding, flat-screen TVs and city views.
MEETINGS + EVENTS WITH NAUTICAL FLAIR
Just a short stroll from the U.S Naval Academy, Graduate Annapolis celebrates bayside living and local history.
From breakouts to breakfast, boardroom business or ballroom sized soirees, we can help plan your Maryland meeting or nautically-inspired gathering for groups from 20 to 500. From customized wedding parties, creative catering and all the local charm and technology to make it memorable, we are here to help celebrate.
OUT OF COUNTY
SpringHill Suites by
189 Admiral Cochrane Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401 Phone: 443-321-2500
The logo is the graphic representation of the Maritime Conference Center (MCC). Do not use the logo without official permission. The brand mark has been carefully crafted and should be used exactly as seen here. Any alterations, distortion, re-creation, or misuse is strictly prohibited. Use only the official files provided. Do not recreate the logo or change the colors under any circumstances. Approvals must be gained by the Marketing Manager and/or Director of Sales & Marketing.
The MCC logo has four approved color options: full color, Maritime blue, black, and white.
Carlson’s Donuts & Thai Kitchen
1022 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-2454 carlsonsthaikitchen.com
Jack’s Fortune Restaurant 960 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis | 410-267-7741 jackfortune1.com
Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar
195 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-4688 josssushi.com
167 West Street Annapolis | 410-280-0086 lemongrassannapolis.com
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-842-7000 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ dine-and-drink/luk-fu
7477 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd Glen Burnie | 410-412-2916 malithaimd.com
Nano Asian Dining 189 A. Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-6688
Tarin Thai 138 Main Street Annapolis | 443-808-8553 facebook.com/TarinThaiMD
Tsunami 51 West Street Annapolis | 410-990-9868
Ziki Japanese Steakhouse 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis | 410-224-6598
BAKERIES & DELECTABLES
Always Ice Cream Company 116 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 443-775-5297 alwaysicecreamcompany.com
Annapolis Ice Cream Company 196 Main Street Annapolis | 443-714-8674 annapolisicecream.com
Bakers & Co. 618 Chesapeake Avenue Annapolis | 410-280-1119 bakersandco.com
Black Market Bakers 155 Mitchell’s Chance Road Edgewater | blackmarketbakers.com
Blue Crab Cupcakes 1580 Whitehall Road Annapolis | 443-221-7246 bluecrabcupcakes.com
Dessert First 433 Kent Narrows Way N Grasonville | 410-490-8101 dessertfirsthch.com
Great Harvest Bread Company 208 Ridgely Avenue Annapolis |4 10-268-4662 greatharvestannapolis.com
In Grano 302 Harry S Truman Parkway Annapolis | 410-919-0776 ingranobakery.com
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream 128 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-2601 kilwins. com
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-445-2929 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ dine-and-drink/luckies
Salty Paws Annapolis 8 Francis Street Annapolis | 484-667-7122 facebook.com/saltypawsannapolis
Storm Brothers Ice Cream Factory 130 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-263-3376 stormbros.com
Sweet Eden Bakeshop 2604-A Annapolis Road Severn | 443-795-4550 sweetedenbakeshop.com
Sweet Hearts Patisserie 1410 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-263-6513 sweetheartspatisserie.com
CAFES, DELIS & DINERS
49 West Coffeehouse 49 West Street Annapolis | 410-626-9796 49westcoffeehouse.com
Bean Rush Cafe 112 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-263-2592 beanrushcafe.com
The Big Cheese 47 Randall Street Annapolis | 410-263-6915 thebigcheeseannapolis.com
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee 120 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-972-1419 bittyandbeauscoffee.com
Bread & Butter Kitchen 303 Second Street Annapolis | 410-202-8680 breadandbutterkitchen.com
Brown Mustache Coffee 35 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-216-4574 brownmustache.com
33-1/2 West Street Annapolis | 410-280-6160 cafeoleannapolis.com
Ceremony Coffee Roasters 90 Russell Street Annapolis | 410-626-0011 ceremonycoffee.com
Chick & Ruth’s Delly 165 Main Street Annapolis | 410-269-6737 chickandruths.com
Curate Annapolis 141 West Street Annapolis | 410-907-0968 curateannapolis.com
Eastport Kitchen 923 Chesapeake Avenue Annapolis | 410-990-0000 eastportkitchen.com
Evelyn’s 26 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-263-4794 evelynsannapolis.com
Fresh Healthy Cafe 1419 Forest Drive Annapolis | 443-775-5372 freshrestaurants.com
Giolitti Delicatessen 2068 Somerville Road Annapolis | 410-266-8600 giolittideli.com
Grump’s Cafe 117 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis | 410-267-0229 grumpscafe.com
Honey Bee Diner 7346 Ritchie Highway Glen Burnie | 410-761-0477 honeybeediner.com
12 Market Space
Annapolis | 410-990-1600 ironroosterallday.com
Leeward Market & Cafe
601 Second Street Annapolis | 443-837-6122
Light House Bistro 202 West Street Annapolis | 410-424-0922
Main & Market 914 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis | 410-626-0388 mainandmarket.com
Miss Shirley’s Café missshirleys.com
1 Park Place Annapolis | 410-268-5171
BWI Airport | 410-595-5008
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-445-2929 maryland. livecasinohotel.com/ dine-and-drink
Naval Bagels 609A Taylor Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-1344 navalbagelsinc.com
Park Deli 1 Park Place Annapolis | 443-733-3009 goparkdeli.com
Paul’s Homewood Cafe 919 West Street Annapolis | 410-267-7891 paulshomewoodcafe.com
Potato Valley Cafe
47 State Circle Annapolis | 410-267-0902 potatovalleycafe.net
The Red Bean 220 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-1700 theredbeanannapolis.com
Rise Up Coffee 25 Market Place Annapolis | 443-949-0024 riseupcoffee.com
4 Ridgely Avenue Annapolis | 410 267 0261 rutabagajuicery.com
Sofi’s Crepes 1 Craig Street Annapolis | 410-990-0929 sofiscrepes.com
Starbucks 122 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-5038 starbucks.com
Tastings Gourmet Market 1410 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-263-1324 tastingsgourmetmarket.com
Willy’s Kitchen 7271 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd Glen Burnie | 410-761-8001 willysrestaurantandcatering.com
Annapolis Market House 25 Market Space Annapolis | 443-949-0024
Chipotle Downtown Annapolis 36 Market Space Annapolis | 410-268-7586 chipotle.com
Jimmy John’s 139 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-3561 jimmyjohns.com
Mission BBQ 142 Dock Street Annapolis | 443-221-4731 mission-bbq.com
Moe’s Southwest Grill 122 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-990-9292 moes.com
Pip’s Dock Street Dogs 118 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-990-9009 pipsdogs.com
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs 100 Main Street Annapolis | 410-626-1100 buddysonline.com
Cantlers Riverside Inn 458 Forest Beach Road Annapolis | 410-757-1311 cantlers.com
Crafty Crab Seafood 7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-820-3870
Harris Crab House 433 Kent Narrow Way N Grasonville | 410-827-9500 harriscrabhouse.com
Mike’s Restaurant & Crabhouse mikescrabhouse.com
3030 Old Riva Road Riva | 410-956-2784
1402 Colony Road Pasadena | 410-255-7946
The Point Crab House & Grill
700 Mill Creek Road Arnold | 410-544-5448 thepointcrabhouse.com
Caliente Grill 907 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis | 410-626-1444 calientegrillannapolis.com
Chevy’s Fresh Mex chevys.com
2436 Solomons Island Road Annapolis | 410.573.4932
7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 410-799-1505
El Cabrito Mexican Grill 1407 Forest Drive Annapolis | 443-714-8513 elcabritomexicangrill.com
El Pan Café
1908 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-268-2016
El Toro Bravo II
2552 Riva Road Annapolis | 410-571-5769 eltorobravo2.com
JesseJay’s Latin Inspired Kitchen
5471 Muddy Creek Road Churchton | 240-903-8100 jessejays.com
Mi Lindo Cancun Grill
2134 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-571-0500 lindocancungrill.com
Picante Cocina Mexicana 48 West Street Annapolis | 443-775-5957 picanteannapolis.com
Tequila Sunrise 1975 West Street Annapolis | 667-225-4172 tequilasunriseannapolis.com
Sin Fronteras 2129 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-266-0013 sinfronterascafe.com
Uncle Julio’s 181 Jennifer Road Annapolis | 410-858-4035 unclejulios.com
Vida Taco Bar 200 Main Street Annapolis | 443-837-6521 vidatacobar.com
Cafe Normandie 185 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-3382 cafenormandie.com
Flamant 17 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-267-0274 flamantmd.com
Garten 849 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Annapolis | 443-261-3905 garten-eats.com
Jalapeños 85 Forest Plaza Annapolis | 410-266-7580 jalapenosonline.com
Keratsini Greek Kitchen 2478 Solomon’s Island Road Annapolis | 410-571-5217 keratsinigreekkitchen.com
Old Stein Inn 1143 Central Avenue Edgewater | 410-798-6807 oldstein-inn.com
Ashling Kitchen & Bar 1286 Rt 3 South Crofton | 443-332-6100 ashlingco.com
Blackwall Barn & Lodge 329 Gambrills Road Gambrills | 410-317-2276 barnandlodge.com
Blackwall Hitch 400 Sixth Street Annapolis | 410-263-3454 theblackwallhitch.com
David’s Restaurant & Bar 7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-620-5510 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ dine-and-drink/davids
Fox’s Den 179B Main Street Annapolis | 443-808-8991 foxsden.com
Full On Craft Eats & Drinks 2478-A Solomons Island Road Annapolis | 443-949-0203 annapolis.fulloncraft.com
Level Small Plates Lounge 69 West Street Annapolis | 410-268-0003 LevelAnnapolis.com
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge 175 West Street Annapolis | 410-280-0176 metropolitanannapolis.com
Preserve 164 Main Street Annapolis | 443-598-6920 preserve-eats.com
The Trophy Room 126 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-7777 graduatehotels.com/annapolis/ restaurant/trophy-room
True Food Kitchen 1906 Towne Center Boulevard Annapolis | 443-775-5179 truefoodkitchen.com
Acqua Al 2 236 Main Street Annapolis | 410-304-3424 acquaal2dc.com
Arturo’s Trattoria 1660 Crain Highway South Glen Burnie | 410-761-1500 arturostrattoria.com
Bella Italia 609 Taylor Avenue Annapolis | 410-216-6061 bellaitaliamd.com
Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen & Wine Bar 1 Park Place Annapolis | 410-268-6569 carpacciotuscankitchen.com
The Italian Market of Annapolis
126 Defense Highway
Annapolis | 410-224-1330 theitalianmarket.com
Little Italy Annapolis
1411 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-571-5076 littleitalyannapolis.com
Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano 36 West Street
Annapolis | 410-267-9950 lunabluofannapolis.com
Mangia Italian Grill & Sports Bar
81 Main Street Annapolis | 443-949-8381 mangiaannapolis.com
Osteria 177 177 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-7700 osteria177.com
954 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis | 410-263-9444 roccospizzashop.com
Carrol’s Creek Cafe
410 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-8102 carrolscreek.com
300 Second Street Annapolis | 410-268-7166 chart-house.com
110 Compromise Street Annapolis | 443-808-1992 thechoptankrestaurant.com
804 N Hammonds Ferry Road Linthicum Heights | 877-554-3723 gandmcrabcakes.com
12 Dock Street Annapolis | 667-204-2282 latitude38waterfront.com
Libbey’s Coastal Kitchen 357 Pier One Road Stevensville | 410-604-0999 libbeyscoastalkitchen.com
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
188 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-2254 masonslobster.com
McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar
8 Market Street Annapolis | 410-263-5700 mcgarveysannapolis.com
O’Brien’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Tavern
113 Main Street Annapolis | 410-268-6288 obriensoysterbar.com
O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant
310 Third Street Annapolis | 410-263-0884 olearysseafood.com
Sailor Oyster Bar
196 West Street Annapolis | 410-571-5449 sailoroysterbar.com
1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd Annapolis | 410-349-4000 severninn.com
Wild Country Seafood
124 Bay Shore Avenue Annapolis | 410-267-6711 wildcountryseafood.com
Yellowfin Steak & Fish House
2840 Solomons Island Road Edgewater | 410-573-1333 yellowfinedgewater.com
Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern 107 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis | 410-571-5073 annapolissmokehouse.com
Julep Southern Kitchen & Bar 2207 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-571-3923 julepannapolis.com
Riverbay Roadhouse 1374 Cape Saint Road Annapolis | 410-757-2919 riverbayroadhouse.com
The Hideaway 1439 Odenton Road Odenton | 410-874-7300 hideawayodenton.com
George Martin’s Grillfire 7793 Arundel Mills Blvd Hanover | 410-799-2883 georgemartinsgrillfire.com
Lewnes’ Steak House 401 4th Street Annapolis | 410-263-1617 lewnessteakhouse.com
The Prime Rib 7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-445-2929 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ dine-and-drink/the-prime-rib
Rodizio Grill 1079 Annapolis Mall Road Annapolis | 410-849-4444 rodiziogrill.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 301 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-990-0033 ruthschris.com
Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill
2190 Annapolis Mall Road Annapolis | 410-224-8312 stoneyriver.com
Tuscan Prime Italian Chophouse & Dolce Bar 1905 Towne Center Blvd Annapolis | 443-764-9110 tuscanprime.com
TAVERNS/BAR & GRILLES
1711 Grill and Taphouse 26 Market Space Annapolis | 410-260-8686 1771gnt.com
Acme Bar & Grille 163 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-6486 acmegrill.com
Armadillos Bar & Grill 132 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-280-0028 facebook.com/armadillosbar
Beacon Waterfront Gallery & Bar
2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive E Annapolis | 443-949-8456 beaconwaterfront.com
Boathouse at Anchored Inn 604 Cabana Blvd Deale | 410-867-9668 facebook.com/ TheBoathouseatAnchoredInn
The Beach Bar 1750 Marley Avenue Glen Burnie | 410-553-0600 facebook.com/ pointpleasantbeachbar
Boatyard Bar & Grill 400 Fourth Street Annapolis | 410-216-6206 boatyardbarandgrill.com
Brian Boru 489 Ritchie Highway Severna Park | 410-975-2678 brianborupub.com
Castle Bay Irish Pub 193A Main Street Annapolis | 410-626-0165 castlebayirishpub.com
Copper Canyon Grille 7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-661-4332 ccgrill.com
Dark Horse Annapolis
985 Bay Ridge Road Annapolis | 443-437-3072 darkhorseannapolis.com
Davis’ Pub 400 Chester Avenue Annapolis | 410-268-7432 davispub.com
Dock Street Bar & Grille 136 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-268-7278 dockstreetbar.net
1050 Deep Creek Avenue Arnold | 410-757-4045 donnellysdockside.com
Drummer’s Lot Pub 16 Church Circle Annapolis | 410-263-2641
Federal House Bar & Grille 22 Market Space Annapolis | 410-268-2576 federalhouserestaurant.com
Galway Bay 63 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-8333 galwaybaymd.com
Gordon Biersch Brewery 1906 Towne Center Blvd Annapolis | 410-266-5965 gordonbierschrestaurants.com
Harry Browne’s 66 State Circle Annapolis | 410-263-4332 harrybrownes.com
Heroes Pub 1 Riverview Avenue Annapolis | 410-573-1996 heroespub.com
Hysteria Taphouse 3201 Mountain Drive Pasadena | 443-702-7450 hysteriataphouse.com
Killarney House 584 West Central Avenue Davidsonville | 410-798-8700 killarneyhousepub.com
Middleton Tavern 2 Market Space Annapolis | 410-263-3323 middletontavern.com
The Pier Waterfront Bar & Grill 48 South River Road Edgewater | 443-837-6057 thepierwaterfrontbarandgrill.com
Pirates Cove Restaurant 4817 Riverside Drive Galesville | 410-867-2300 piratescovemd.com
Pusser’s Caribbean Restaurant 80 Compromise Street Annapolis | 410-626-0004 pussersannapolis.com
TAVERNS/ BAR & GRILLES
Rams Head Dockside
1702 Furnace Drive Glen Burnie | 410-590-2280 ramsheaddockside.com
Rams Head Roadhouse
1773 Generals Highway Annapolis | 410-849-8058 ramsheadroadhouse.com
Rams Head Tavern 33 West Street Annapolis | 410-268-4545 ramsheadtavern.com
Reynolds Tavern 7 Church Circle Annapolis | 410-295-9555 reynoldstavern.org
Sam & Maggie’s Dockside Grill
1575 Fairview Beach Road Pasadena | 410-360-9526 samandmaggies.com
Skippers Pier Restaurant 6158 Drum Point Road Deale | 410-867-7110 skipperspier.com
Stan and Joe’s Riverside 4851 Riverside Drive Galesville | 410-867-7200 stanandjoessaloon.com
Stan and Joe’s Saloon 37 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-1993 stanandjoessaloon.com
Annapolis Sailing Cruises: Schooner Woodwind 80 Compromise Street Annapolis | 410-263-7837 schoonerwoodwind.com
Annapolis Sailing School 7001 Bembe Beach Road Annapolis | 410-267-7205 annapolissailing.com
Classic Sail Charters 7074 Bembe Beach Road Annapolis | 571-331-6241 classicsailcharters.com
Liberte, The Schooner 222 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410 263-8234 theliberte.com
Sail the Pintita 7310 Edgewood Road Annapolis | 443-510-5756 sailthepintita.com
Seas the Bay Sailing 326 First Street Annapolis | 410-881-3264 seasthebaysailing.com
Wilma Lee Skipjack Tours 723 Second Street Annapolis | 410-295-0104 amaritime.org/wilmalee
CRUISES & CHARTERS
Annapolis Electric Boat Rentals 300 Second Street Annapolis | 443-433-2129 aebrentals.com
Cap’n Mike’s Full Moon Adventures 506 Ferry Point Road Annapolis | 410- 353-6596 capnmikesfullmoonadventures.com
Chesapeake Bay Yacht Charters 7350 Edgewood Road Annapolis | 410-267-8181 cbycharters.com
Chesapeake Nautical Cruises 389 Deale Road
Tracy’s Landing | 410-353-4850 chesapeakenauticalcruises.com
Cruises on the Bay by Watermark 1 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-268-7601 watermarkjourney.com/publiccruises-water-taxi
Darling Charters 165 Compromise Street Annapolis | 667- 225-7184 darlingcharters.com
Dream Yacht Charter
7076 Bembe Beach Road Annapolis | 410-268-2140 annapolisbaycharters.net
Island Chill Yacht Charters
832 Shore Drive Edgewater | 410-212-4476 islandchillyachtcharters.com
Non Sea-Quitter Pier Four Marina Annapolis | 443-852-2163 nonseaquitter.com
Sail Away Catamarans 48 S South River Road Edgewater | 410-956-9323 charters.sailawaycatamarans.com
Yard House 7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 410-379-2868 yardhouse.com
Cooper’s Hawk Winery 1906 Towne Centre Blvd Annapolis | 443-837-9989 chwinery.com
193 Main Street Annapolis | 443-214-5171 dry85.com
Grapes Wine Bar 1410 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-571-5378 grapeswinebarannapolis.com
Harold Black 236 Main Street Annapolis | 410-304-3353 haroldblack.com
25 State Circle Annapolis | 443-837-6481 facebook.com/ ParleyRoomAnnapolis
Red Red Wine Bar 189 B Main Street Annapolis | 410-990-1144 redredwinebar.com
Smashing Grapes 177 Jennifer Road Annapolis | 410-721-3613 smashinggrapes.com
VIN 909 Winecafé 909 Bay Ridge Avenue Annapolis | 410-990-1846 vin909.com
South River Boat Rentals
2802 Solomons Island Road Edgewater | 410-956-9729 southriverboatrentals.com
Waypoint Yacht Charters 222 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 443-225-4355 waypoints.com
Annapolis Fishing Charters
222 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-570-4632 annapolisfishingcharters.com
Big Worm Charter Fishing 1048 Turkey Point Road Edgewater | 410-474-4428 fishbigworm.com
Down Time Sportfishing 1000 Fairwinds Drive Annapolis | 443-995-8666 downtimecharters.com
Family Fishing Adventures 410 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-279-8325 familyfishingadventures.com
LoosenUp Charter Fishing 533 Deale Road Deale | 443-223-5603 loosenupcharters.com
Miss Grace Charters 7364 Edgewood Road Annapolis | 410-353-8919 missgracecharters.com
WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Breakwater Adventures Nabbs Creek Marina 864 Nabbs Creek Road Glen Burnie | 410-904-6886 breakwaterrentals.com
Annapolis Canoe and Kayak 311 Third Street Annapolis | 410-263-2303 annapoliscanoeandkayak.com
Annapolis eFoil 2444 Solomons Island Road Annapolis | 410-271-9504 annapolisefoil.com
Capital SUP 7314 Edgewood Road Annapolis | 410-919-9402 capitalsup.com
Chesapeake Paddle Sports 6124 Drum Pointe Road Deale | 410-221-9732 chesapeakepaddlesports.com
Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake 311 Third Street Annapolis | 410-263-0002 chesapeakepirates.com
SipAhoy CycleBoats 428 Kent Narrow Way N Grasonville | 833-SIP-AHOY sipahoycycleboats.com
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse 723 Second St. | Annapolis thomaspointlighthouse.org
Whoof on the Wharf 48 S River Road Edgewater | 667-777-BARK whoofonthewharf.com
Scan to see full list of shops & restaurants WESTFIELD.COM/ANNAPOLIS @WestfieldAnnapolis
Scan to see full list of shops & restaurants WESTFIELD.COM/ANNAPOLIS
A great fun filled day for the whole family is heading over to Arundel Mills Mall, where you can shop, eat, catch a movie or a show at Medieval Times. With Live! Casino and Hotel being conveniently located right next door, adults can play there too! With great restaurants, bars and live performances at the Hall! there is something for everyone to enjoy.
GINA STEWART, Executive Director, BWI Business Partnership, Inc.
WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Z Flight Parasail and Watersports
300 Second Street Annapolis | 305-240-4482 zflightwatersports.com
Annapolis Tours & Crawls
16 Church Circle Annapolis | 443-534-0043 toursandcrawls.com
Capitol KOA Campground
768 Cecil Ave. N. Millersville | 410-923-2771 koakampgrounds.com/where
Chesapeake Beach Water Park 4079 Gordon Stinnett Boulevard Chesapeake Beach | 410-257-1404 chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com
Crofton Go-Kart Raceway 1050 Crain Highway Gambrills | 410-721-2900 croftongokartraceway.com
Franklin Point State Park Dent Road | Shady Side dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/ pages/southern/franklinpoint
Haunted Harbor Tours 1 Dock Street Annapolis | 443-262-2462 hauntedharbortours.com
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 1876 Mansion House Drive Baltimore | 410-396-7102 marylandzoo.org
Smithsonian Environmental Bold Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater | 443-482-2200 serc.si.edu
8600 Foundry Street Savage | 301-725-1313 terrapinadventures.com
Wild Kid Acres 731 Central Avenue E Edgewater | 410-497-4295 wildkidacres.org
B&A Trail 51 West Earleigh Heights Road Severna Park | 410-222-6141 aacounty.org/departments/ recreation-parks/parks/trails/ banda-trail
Beverly Triton Nature Park 1202 Triton Beach Road Edgewater | aacounty.org/ locations-and-directions/beverlytriton-nature-park
BWI Trail Dixon Observation Area Glen Burnie | 410-222-7317 friendsofaatrails.org/bwi-trail-loop
Downs Park 8311 John Downs Loop Pasadena | 410-222-6230 aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/ downs
Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena | 410-222-0087 aacounty.org/departments/ recreation-parks/parks/ fort-smallwood
Jonas & Anne Catharine Green Park 2001 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. Annapolis | 410-222-6141 friendsofaatrails.org/jonasgreen-park
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian | 410-741-9330 jugbay.org
Kinder Farm Park 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville | 410-222-6115 kinderfarmpark.org
Lake Waterford Park 830 Pasadena Road Pasadena | 410-222-6248 aacounty.org/departments/ recreation-parks/parks/lakewaterford
Patuxent Wetlands Park 1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Road Lothian | 410-222-7317 aacounty.org/locations-anddirections/patuxent-wetlands-park
Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Road Annapolis | 410-222-1777 aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/ quietwaters
Sandy Point State Park 1100 East College Parkway Annapolis | 410-974-2149 dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/ Pages/southern/sandypoint
Thomas Point Park 3890 Thomas Point Road Annapolis | aacounty.org/ locations-and-directions/thomaspoint-park
Waterworks Park 270 Defense Highway Annapolis | annapolis.gov/1085/ Waterworks-Park
8403 Piney Orchard Parkway Odenton | 410-222-6141 aacounty.org/departments/ recreation-parks/parks/trails/ wb-a-trail
Arundel Golf Park 1501 Dorsey Road Glen Burnie | 410-761-1295 arundelgolfpark.com
Compass Pointe Golf Courses 9010 Ft. Smallwood Road Pasadena | 410-255-7764 compasspointegolf.com
Night Hawk Golf Center 814 MD Route 3 South Gambrills | 410-721-9349 nighthawkgolfcenter.com
Pasadena Golf Center 4358 Mountain Road Pasadena | 410-439-GOLF pasadenagolfcenter.com
The Preserve at Eisenhower 1576 Generals Highway Crownsville | 410-222-3400 thepreserveateisenhower.com
Renditions Golf Course 1380 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville | 410-798-9798 renditionsgolf.com
Maryland Jockey Club RT 198 & Racetrack Road Laurel | 301-725-0400 laurelpark.com
Bowie Baysox 4101 Crain Highway Bowie | milb.com/bowie
Capitol Raceway 1451 Capitol Raceway Road Gambrills | 410-721-4575 capitolraceway.com
Maryland Black Bears
Piney Orchard Ice Arena Odenton | 410-874-7194 marylandblackbears.com
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis navysports.com/sports/football U.S. Naval Academy Athletics Various locations - see website Annapolis navysports.com
AMC Annapolis Mall 11 1020 Annapolis Mall Road Annapolis | 410-224-1145 amctheatres.com
Annapolis Bowl 2057 General’s Highway Annapolis | 410-266-0700 gobowlingannapolis.com
Arundel Olympic Swim Center 2690 Riva Road Annapolis | 410-222-7933 aacounty.org/RecParks/ swimcenters/arundelcenter
Autobahn Indoor Speedway 8251 Preston Court Jessup | 410-880-0010 autobahnspeed.com
Landmark Theatre at Annapolis Harbour Center
2474 Solomons Island Road Annapolis | 443-333-4219
Chill Axes 2101 Concord Boulevard Crofton | 443-788-2088 chillaxes.com
Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD 7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-755-8990 cinemark.com
Dave & Buster’s 7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-755-0113 daveandbusters.com
DodgeBow 7476 New Ridge Road Hanover | 301-351-9860 baltimore.dodgebow.com
216 Najoles Road Millersville | 410-987-1300 ecoadventures.org
7385 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard Glen Burnie | 410-553-4507 theescapecomplex.com
EscapeTime Escape Rooms
167-A Jennifer Road Annapolis | 443-714-8812 EscapeTimeMD.com
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-842-7000 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ casino-and-gaming/fanduelsportsbook
Get Air Trampoline Park
587 E Ordnance Road Glen Burnie | 410-231-7454 getairsports.com
GameOn Bar+Arcade 114 West Street Annapolis | 410-885-4589 gameonbararcade.com
Live! Casino & Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-842-7000 maryland.livecasinohotel.com
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-755-0011 medievaltimes.com
Mission Escape Rooms
40 West St. Annapolis | 410-263-3333
7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 410-553-4850
1405 S Main Chapel Way
Gambrills | 410-721-6666
Navy Brigade Center
64 Greenbury Point Road
Annapolis | usnabsd.com/ brigade-sports-complex/ice-rink
North Arundel Aquatic Center
7888 Crain Highway S. Glen Burnie | 410-222-0090 aacounty.org/departments/ recreation-parks/aquatics/naac
Severna Park Lanes 840 Ritchie Highway Severna Park | 410-647-0811 gobowlingsevernapark.com
Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery
2408 Crofton Boulevard
Crofton | 410-630-1579
Crooked Crab Brewing Co. 8251 Telegraph Road Odenton | 443-569-9187
Forward Brewing 418 Fourth Street Annapolis | 443-221-7277 forwardeastport.com
3218 Harness Creek Road
Annapolis | 410-626-6193
Guinness Open Gate Brewery 5001 Washington Boulevard
Halethorpe | 443-575-6893
Pherm Brewing Company
Gambrills | 443-302-2535 phermbrewing.com
Thanksgiving Farm Winery
195 Harwood Road Harwood | 410-630-1511 thanksgivingfarm.com
The Vineyards at Dodon
391 Dodon Road Davidsonville | 410-798-1126 dodonvineyards.com
WELLNESS, BEAUTY & SELF-CARE
54 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-697-5727 capistranobarbershop.com
Ethos of Annapolis
43 Lafayette Avenue Annapolis | 410-267-0784 ethosofannapolis.com
Dapper Dog Tattoo
75 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 443-808-8126 dapperdogtattoo.com
New Leaf Massage
56 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 321-405-2599 newleafmassageannapolis.com
Hudson & Fouquet
181 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-9790 hudsonfouquet.com
48 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-429-0001 infinityartistry.com
Inspire Nail Bar
93 Main Street Annapolis | 410-914-8888 inspirenailbarannapolis.com
Impressions Lounge Beauty Salon
31 Maryland Avenue Annapolis theimpressionslounge.com
Kosmo Nail Bar
40 Randall Street Annapolis | 410-268-0128 kosmoannapolis.com
29 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 301-578-6891 lovestrucktattoo.com
Makeup by Judee Jo 47 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 443-949-0709 makeupbyjudeejo.com
31 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-3646 odysseymassagellc.wordpress.com
Red Octopus Tattoos
63 West Street Annapolis | 410-571-5651 redoctopustattoos.com
Paradise Float Spa
619 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-280-1960 paradisefloatspa.com
203 Ridgely Avenue Annapolis | 443-433-0462 ridgelyretreat.com
Sadona Spa & Salon
15 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-1515 mysadona.com
Spray Tan Annapolis 703 Giddings Avenue Annapolis | 410-946-8267 spraytanannapolis.com
Varuna Aveda Salon Spa 1 Park Place Annapolis | 410-268-2828 varunasalonspa.com
OUTDOOR, AND CASUAL STYLES
A fun day in Annapolis starts with shopping! The unique stores, brick sidewalks and breathtaking views of the water are just a few of the things that make Annapolis so special. A curbside dining experience where you can bring your dogs is another highlight. Listening to the piano bar at Middleton Tavern is always a perfect way to end the day in downtown Annapolis.DR. DAWN LINDSAY, President, Anne Arundel Community College
Blue Crab Antiques 55 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 443-949-7055 bluecrabantiques.com
Bon Vivant Antiques
104 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-263-9651 bonvivantantiques.com
Evergreen Antiques and True
Vintage 69 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-216-9067 shopevergreenantiques.com
Back Creek Books 194 Main Street Annapolis | 410-626-1363 backcreekbooks.com
Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse 35 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-626-2020 oldfoxbooks.com
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
3 Sisters 170 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-5000 shop3sisters.com
A.L. Goodies General Store 112 Main Street Annapolis | 410-269-0071 algoodies.com
All The Rage Vintage 208 West Street Annapolis | 410-934-7526 atrvintage.com
Alpaca International 206 Main Street Annapolis | 410-216-9898 alpacainternational.net
153 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-2700
Annapolis Shirt Company 159 Main Street Annapolis | 410-974-9600
B Boutique 211 Main Street Annapolis | 667-204-2331 bboutiqueshop.com
Black Dog General Store 117 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-4771 theblackdog.com
Brightside Boutique 30 Market Space Annapolis | 443-775-5069 shopbrightside.com
The Cottage on Main 149 Main Street Annapolis | 410-650-9009 shopthecottage.com
FatFace USA 161 Main Street Annapolis | 443-949-0497 us.fatface.com
Hatley 158 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-5500 hatley.com
Helly Hansen 132 Main Street Annapolis | 410- 990-4359 hellyhansen.com
Irish Traditions 141 Main Street Annapolis | 410-990-4747 irishtraditionsonline.com
J. McLaughlin 181 Main Street Annapolis | 410-919-9718 jmclaughlin.com
The Leader 167 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-7507
Lilac Bijoux 180 Main Street Annapolis | 443-775-5504 lilacbijoux.com
Lou Lou 179 Main Street Annapolis | 410-626-0809 loulouboutiques.com
The Lucky Knot 176 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-0317 theluckyknot.com
Musto Annapolis 118 Main Street Annapolis | 410-268-6232 musto.com
Naptown Clothing 107 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-0305 One Petticoat Lane 2 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-541-6443 onepetticoatlane.com
The Pink Crab 30 Market Place Annapolis | 410-216-9994 thepinkcrab.com
T-Shirt Factory 174 Main Street Annapolis | 410-216-2906 tshirtfactorystore.com
Tyler Boe 162 Main Street Annapolis | 410-990-0010 tylerboe.com
U.S. Naval Academy Gift Shop 52 King George Street Annapolis | 410-293-8125 navalacademytourism.com/gift-shop
Wrabyn Boutique 12 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410-267-0757 wrabyn.com
AACO Farmer’s Market 275 Harry S. Truman Pkwy Annapolis | aacofarmersmarket.com
Crofton Farmers Market 1800 Seton Drive Crofton | 410-353-2861 croftonfarmersmarket.com
Glen Burnie Farmer’s Market 101 Crain Hwy. N Glen Burnie | 410-766-8282 glenburniefarmersmarket.com
Grauls Market 607 Taylor Avenue Annapolis | 410-269-5103 graulsmarket.com
Honey’s Harvest Farm 5801 Brooks Woods Road Lothian | 410-610-9693 honeysharvest.com
PA Dutch Farmer’s Market 2472 Solomons Island Road Annapolis | 410-573-0770 padutchfarmmarket.com
Wildberry Farm & Market 1047 St Stephens Church Road Crownsville wildberryfarmmarket.com
HOME & GIFTS
Annapolis Pottery 40 State Circle Annapolis | 410-268-6153 annapolispottery.com
Be...Home 80 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-280-8616 behomeannapolis.com
Cupla 37 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 240-719-4917 shopcupla.com
Details and Design 413 4th Street Annapolis | 410-567-7837 detailsanddesign.com
Greenstreet Gardens 391 West Bay Front Road Lothian | 410-867-9500 greenstreetgardens.com
Homestead Gardens 743 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville | 410-798-5000 homesteadgardens.com
FIND ENGAGING ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
HOME & GIFTS
K&B True Value
912 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-268-3939 kbtruevalue.com
Kim Hovell Fine Art
151 Main Street Annapolis | 410- 709-8247 kimhovell.com
Local by Design
109 Main Street Annapolis | 443-808-8571 localbydesignannapolis.com
76 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-280-0410 instagram.com/peakehouse
414 4th Street Annapolis | 443-261-5277 quirknbachpottery.com
Revival Home and Gifts
101 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 443-949-9200 revivalannapolis.com
234 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-2100
Welcome Home 64 Street Circle Annapolis | 410- 268-7500 welcomehomemarkets.com
155 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-0008 woodcraftartisansonline.com
Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry 34 Market Space Annapolis | 410-268-7666 blancaflorsilverjewelry.com
Cezanne Jewelers 79 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-1996
Ron George Jewelers
205 Main Street Annapolis | 410-268-3651 rongeorgejewelers.com
Smyth Jewelers 1915 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis | 443-321-0300 smythjewelers.com
44 State Circle Annapolis | 410-268-7855 tilghmancojewelers.com
100 Main Street Annapolis | 410-266-5555 zacharysjewelers.com
Annapolis Harbour Center
2512 A Solomons Island Road
Annapolis | 410-267-3437
Annapolis Town Center 1906 Towne Centre Blvd Annapolis | 410-573-9050
7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 410-540-5100 arundelmills.com
Clock Tower Place 1410 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-990-0950
Festival At Riva 2323 Forest Drive Annapolis | 410-266-9354 festivalatriva.com
Marley Station Mall 7900 Ritchie Highway Glen Burnie | 410-766-2033 shopmarleystation.com
Waugh Chapel Towne Centre 1417 S Main Chapel Way Gambrills | 410-721-7510 visitwaughchapel.com
Westfield Annapolis 2002 Annapolis Mall Annapolis | 410-266-5432 westfield.com/annapolis
727 Sailbags 110 Compromise Street Annapolis | 561-698-4951 727sailbags.com
Annebeth’s 46 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-990-9700 annebeths.biz
Bella Ame & Muse 66 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-269-6873 belleamemuse.com
Capital Comics 207 Main Street Annapolis | 410-216-9711 capitalcomicsmd.com
Chesapeake Light Craft 1805 George Avenue Annapolis | 410-267-0137 clcboats.com
Chesapeake Whalertowne 110 Compromise Street Annapolis | 410-267-9731 whalertowne.com
Crabby Quilter 4 Annapolis Street Annapolis | 410- 263-3897 thecrabbyquilter.com
Hats In The Belfry
103 Main Street Annapolis | 410-268-6333 hatsinthebelfry.com
194 Green Street Annapolis | 410-349-5081 hobobags.com
78 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-571-5047 kachunkrecords.com
Mango + Main
88 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-371-2209 mangoandmain.com
Maria’s Picture Place 45 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-8282 mariaspictureplace.com
Mills Fine Wine and Spirits
87 Main Street Annapolis | 410-263-2888 millswine.com
NV’y Optical on Main 217 Main Street Annapolis | 410-268-6246 nvoptometry.com
Overlook Boots 2009 West Street Annapolis | 717-759-3100 overlookboots.com
Rasa Juice Shop 90 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-570-4597 rasajuiceshop.com
HISTORICAL HOMES & SITES
Asbury United Methodist Church
87 West Street Annapolis | 410-268-9500 aumcannapolis.org
Benson-Hammond House 7101 Aviation Boulevard Linthicum | 410-768-9518 aachs.org
Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis | 410-440-9376 charlescarrollhouse.com
Chase-Lloyd House & Gardens 22 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-2723 chaselloydhouse.org
Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area (Office)
44 Calvert Street Annapolis | 410-222-1805 chesapeakecrossroads.org
Galesville Community Center 916 West Benning Road Galesville | 410-703-0610 historicgalesville.org
Hammond-Harwood House 19 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-4683 hammondharwoodhouse.org
Hancock’s Resolution 2795 Bayside Beach Road Pasadena | 410-255-4048 historichancocksresolution.org
Historic Linthicum Walks 2295 Davidsonville Road Gambrills | 410-451-5900 historiclinthicumwalks.com
Historic London Town & Gardens 839 Londontown Road Edgewater | 410-222-1919 historiclondontown.org
Hogshead 43 Pinkney Street Annapolis | 410-267-7619 annapolis.org/contact/hogshead
James Brice House 42 East Street Annapolis | 410-267-7619 annapolis.org/contact/jamesbrice-house
Johns Hopkins House 2173 Johns Hopkins Road Gambrills | 410-562-8223 johnshopkinshouse.org
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial City Dock | Annapolis kintehaley.org/the-memorial
Maryland State House 100 State Circle | Annapolis statehouse.md.gov
St. Anne’s Parish 199 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis | 410-267-9333 stannes-annapolis.org
St. John’s College 60 College Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-2371 sjc.edu
United States Naval Academy
121 Blake Road | Annapolis usna.edu
Site of Memory Port Marker Annapolis City Dock aacounty.org/portmarker (coming soon)
Roberta Bell Vintage Treasures
71 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 667-646-8680 facebook.com/ VintageTreasuresontheAve
Salty Dog & Sweet P’s Swag 186 Main Street Annapolis | 443-223-9895 saltydogandsweetpswag.com
Sea Bags 168 Main Street Annapolis | 207-239-5501 seabags.com
Sea Dog Pet Boutique 172 Main Street Annapolis | instagram.com/ seadogpetboutique
Seasons Olive Oil & Taproom 180 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-1505 seasonstaproom.com
Shades of the Bay
136 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-6663 shadesofthebay.com
The Spice & Tea Exchange 155 Main Street Annapolis | 410-280-2088 spiceandtea.com
Treasure Island 198 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-1500 treasureislandprom.com
Vitola 121 121 Main Street Annapolis | 240-277-5484 vitola121.com
Zen & Crystals
218 West Street Annapolis | 443- 812-4175 zenandcrystals.com
Waterfront Warehouse 4 Pinkney Street Annapolis | 410-267-7619 annapolis.org/map-sites/ waterfront-warehouse
William Paca House & Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis | 410-990-4543 annapolis.org/contact/williampaca-house-garden
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park 723 Second Street Annapolis | 410-295-0104 amaritime.org
Banneker-Douglass Museum 84 Franklin Street Annapolis | 410-216-6180 bdmuseum.maryland.gov
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E West Shady Side Road Shady Side | 410-867-4486 captainaverymuseum.org
Chesapeake Children’s Museum 25 Silopanna Road Annapolis | 410-990-1993 theccm.org
Frederick Douglass Museum And Cultural Center 3200 Wayman Avenue Highland Beach | fdmcc.org
Galesville Heritage Society & Museum 988 Main Street Galesville | 410-867-9499 galesvilleheritagesociety.org
Museum of Historic Annapolis 99 Main Street Annapolis | 410-990-4745 annapolis.org/contact/ha-museum
National Cryptologic Museum 8290 Colony Seven Road Annapolis Junction | 301- 688-5849 nsa.gov/about/cryptologicheritage/museum
Rising Sun Inn 1090 Generals Highway Crownsville | 410- 923-0316 risingsuninn.org
U.S. Naval Academy Museum Preble Hall, 118 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410- 293-2108 usna.edu/Museum
Annapolis Eventours 26 West Street Annapolis | 443- 510-1348 annapoliseventours.com
Annapolis Tours by Watermark 1 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-268-7601 watermarkjourney.com/guideservices-walking-tours
Colonial Tours of Annapolis 26 West Street Annapolis | 413-441-7957 colonialtoursannapolis.com
Discover Annapolis Tours 26 West Street Annapolis | 410-266-3392 townetransport.com/tourschedule
U.S. Naval Academy Tours Annapolis | 410-293-TOUR navalacademytourism.com/tours
ARTS & CULTURE
Annapolis Collection Gallery
55 West Street Annapolis | 410-280-1414
Annapolis Marine Art Gallery
110 Dock Street Annapolis | 410-263-4100
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery
60 College Avenue Annapolis | 410-626-2556 sjc.edu/mitchellgallery
Gallery 57 West 57 West Street Annapolis | 410-263-1300 gallery57west.com
Jo Fleming Contemporary Art 68 Maryland Avenue Annapolis | 410-280-1847 joflemingcontemporaryart.com
Lisa Masson Studio Galler y 511 4th Street Annapolis | 410-990-1777 lisamassonphotography.com
Main St. Gallery 216 Main Street Annapolis | 410-216-7166 mainstreetfineart.com
Maryland Federation of Art
18 State Circle Annapolis | 410-268-4566 mdfedart.org
McBride Gallery 215 Main Street Annapolis | 410-267-7077 mcbridegallery.com
Nancy Hammond Editions 910 Towne Centre Boulevard Annapolis | 410-295-6612 nancyhammondeditions.com
Annapolis Opera 801 Chase Street Annapolis | 410-267-8135 annapolisopera.org
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre 143 Compromise Street Annapolis | 410-268-9212 summergarden.com
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra 801 Chase Street Annapolis | 410-269-1132 annapolissymphony.org
Ballet Theatre of Maryland 801 Chase Street Annapolis | 410-224-5644 balletmaryland.org
Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park | 410-636-6597 chesapeakearts.org
Children’s Theatre of Annapolis
1661 Bay Head Road Annapolis | 410-757-2281 childrenstheatreofannapolis.org
Classic Theatre of Maryland 1804 West Street Annapolis | 410-280-1773 classictheatremaryland.org
Colonial Players of Annapolis 108 East Street Annapolis | 410-268-7373 thecolonialplayers.org
Compass Rose Theater 801 Chase Street Annapolis | 410-980-6662 compassrosetheater.org
Live Arts Maryland 410-263-1906 liveartsmaryland.org
Londontowne Symphony Orchestra 410-353-5411 | lso-music.org
Maryland Hall 801 Chase Street Annapolis | 410-263-5544 marylandhall.org
World Artists Experience 410-647-4482 worldartists.org
CONCERT/LIVE MUSIC VENUES
Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
1000 Hilltop Road Baltimore | 443-612-3840
Rams Head On Stage 33 West Street Annapolis | 410-268-4545 ramsheadonstage.com
The Hall at Live!
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover | 443-445-2929 maryland.livecasinohotel.com/ events-and-shows/the-hall-at-live
2072 Somerville Road Annapolis | 443-949-7582 facebook.com/vibeannapolis
Anchor Yacht Basin
1048 Turkey Point Road Edgewater | 410-798-1431
Annapolis City Marina
410 Severn Avenue Annapolis | 410-268-0660
Annapolis Town Dock 110 Compromise Street Annapolis | 410-216-0347
Bert Jabin Yacht Yard 7310 Edgewood Road Annapolis | 410-268-9967 bjyy.com
Chesapeake Harbour Marina 2030 Chesapeake Harbour Drive Annapolis | 410-268-1969 trident-marine.com/marinas
Eastport Yacht Center 726 Second Street Annapolis | 410-280-9988 eastportyachtcenter.com
Ferry Point Marina
700 Mill Creek Road Arnold | 410-544-6368 atlanticmarinasmd.com
Hartge Yacht Harbor 4883 Church Lane Galesville | 443-607-6306 hartgeyachtharbor.com
Herrington Harbour North 389 Deale Road Tracey’s Landing | 800-297-1930 herringtonharbour.com
Holiday Hill Marina
3922 Calawasse Road Edgewater | 443-871-3909 holidayhillmarina.com
Holiday Point Marina
3774 Beach Drive Edgewater | 301-261-4282 holidaypointmarina.com
Horn Point Harbor Marina
105 Eastern Avenue Annapolis | 410-263-0550 hornpointharbor.com
487 New York Avenue Pasadena | 410-360-2500 atlanticmarinasmd.com
South River Boat Rentals
The Marina at Nautilus Point
655 Americana Drive Annapolis | 443-870-5222 marinaatnautiluspoint.com
Nabbs Creek Marina & Yacht Yard
864 Nabbs Creek Road Glen Burnie | 410-892-1554 trident-marine.com/marinas
Oak Grove Marina
2820 Solomon’s Island Road Edgewater | 410-266-6696 boatoakgrove.com
Olde Towne Marina
1 Shipwright Street Annapolis | 410-263-9277 otmarina.com
Pier 7 Marina 48 South River Road Edgewater | 410-956-2288 piersevenmarina.com
Port Annapolis Marina 7074 Bembe Beach Road Annapolis | 410-269-1990 portannapolis.com
Rhode River Marina 3932 Germantown Road Edgewater | 410-798-1658 rhoderivermarina.net
Shipwright Harbor Marina
6047 Herring Bay Road Deale | 410-867-7686 shipwrightharbor.com
South Annapolis Yacht Centre 750 Boucher Avenue
Annapolis | 410-263-1643 southannapolisyachtcentre.com
South River Marina 1061 Turkey Point Road Edgewater | 410-798-1717 southrivermarina.com
Turkey Point Marina & Yacht Club
1197 Turkey Point Road Edgewater | 410-798-1369 turkeypointmarina.com
1656 Homewood Landing Annapolis | 410-757-4819 whitehallannapolis.com
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gavin Buckley, Mayor*
Gene Condon, chair
Cynthia Jones, secretary
Tyler C. Patton
Steuart Pittman, County Executive*
Marketing & Communications
Jill Porter, vice chair
Steve Stavropoulos, treasurer
* denotes ex officio
Lindsay Bolin Lowery
Art At Large
Mission Escape Rooms is fun, interactive entertainment.
A real-life escape experience. Your mission is simple: work together as a team, testing your wits and skills, to escape from a locked room in 50 minutes or less. With three convenient locations and 11-family friendly rooms ranging from whimsical fantasy to murder mystery, the experience is fun for all ages.
Rooms are designed for 1-10 people and are reserved via private bookings only.
• Birthday Parties
• Family Outings
• School Trips
• Special Celebrations
• Team Events
• And More!
Use promo code visit2023 for 10% off your visit!Voted Maryland’s #1 Escape Room