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59 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401


  • From Baltimore-Washington Airport (BM) 31minutes; 24 miles/39km
  • From Reagan National Airport (DCA) 45 minutes; 36 miles/58km
  • From Dulles International Airport (IAD) 1 hour, 5 minute, 62 miles/100km

THE NAVAL ACADEMY

Has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps since 1845. Explore the Naval Academy campus and go on a guided tour that provides an up-close glimpse of what life as a midshipman is really like. Make a stop at one or more of the campus' impressive attractions, including the midshipmen's Noon Formation, the Naval Academy Museum, the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, the Naval Academy Chapel, the crypt of naval hero John Paul Jones, and more. Attend a spirited sporting event at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium or the Brigade Sports Complex; Navy Football, Lacrosse, and Hockey are some of the Academy's most popular spectator sports. To learn more about touring the Naval Academy, please visit the website.

THE MARYLAND STATE HOUSE

Is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.


The State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes for three months each year, and the elected leadership of the state — the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate — all have their offices there.  The State House is open to the public.  To check the schedule or learn about self-guided tours, visit the website.

DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS

Is where you'll discover dozens of unique, locally-owned fashion boutiques and specialty gift shops tucked in between art galleries, pubs, restaurants and historic inns. City Dock is the historic heart of Annapolis, where it connects with the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Watch the boats parade around the turning basin of "Ego Alley," shake out your sea legs aboard the tour boat, Harbor Queen or man the wheel of the graceful Schooner Woodwind. Simply relaxing at City Dock is a major reason why people visit Annapolis.

City Dock also plays host to a handful of Annapolis’ biggest events such as the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in April – the largest in-water boat show in the world. Whether you’re after dining, boutique shopping, or simply looking to relax by the water, City Dock is the perfect place to spend your morning, afternoon, or evening in Annapolis. 

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF ANNAPOLIS

Colonial Tours of Annapolis offers a very popular tour - about 90 minutes in duration and all contained within less than 1 mile through the Historic District of Annapolis.  Visit the State House, once the capital of the United States.  Visit a colonial kitchen and dining room in a Georgian mansion, when available.  See St. Anne's Parish, the Hammond-Harwood House, the Paca House, and the Annapolis City Dock.  Hear about the rivalry between the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John's College, and learn about everyday life in colonial Maryland.  Tours leave the Annapolis Visitors Center throughout the year.  Visit Colonial Tours of Annapolis for more information, or to book your tour.

QUIET WATERS PARK

Is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Annapolis. Situated between South River and Harness Creek with the shoreline a popular destination once in the park, visitors can enjoy winding paved trails through woods or passed grassy fields. Set amongst formal gardens, find your own picnic area within 340 acres of parkland, ice skate on an open air rink in winter,  enjoy a children’s playground or journey on a kayak. Even family dogs can run freely within a friendly and contained dog park. For more information and directions on how to visit the park.

THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FARMER'S MARKET

Known locally as the "Amish Market", is located in the 290,000 sq ft. Annapolis Harbour Center in historic Annapolis, MD. However, all of the Amish merchants are from Lancaster PA, the heart of PA Dutch Country. Most of the market’s products are made in Lancaster County using traditional PA Dutch recipes that have been handed down by the Amish through the generations. You will be able to shop a large quality selection of foods including fresh produce, a variety of salads, a candy store, homemade snacks, desserts, cheeses, chemical free meats, barbecued and fried chicken, foods in bulk and even an ice cream stand featuring Hershey’s Ice Cream.  Watch in awe through the viewing stations to see your doughnut filled, or the speed with which they assemble the wildly popular Pretzel Dog.

THOMAS POINT SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is one of four partners in a consortium that took over ownership of the beautiful Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The Museum joined the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to manage and preserve this beloved National Historic Landmark. Conservation and restoration are an ongoing goal of the partnership as well as the aim to make the lighthouse accessible to the public. Docent-led tours aboard the lighthouse are offered each summer. Visit here for more information.

COMPASS ROSE THEATER

Is an intimate, 80-seat performing arts venue showcasing live theater & musical productions. Compass Rose Theater proudly declares itself as a professional theater rooted in the belief that theater education creates performance excellence. As the compass rose on a nautical chart guides the mariner, Compass Rose Theater seeks to guide its performers, students and audience members on a dramatic journey, charting a course toward evocative and entertaining theater. At the core of each presentation, whether it is a play, musical, experimental reading or workshop, is the theater’s unwavering commitment to uphold the highest educational and artistic standards.  Visit their website to view current productions.

CHILDREN'S THEATER OF ANNAPOLIS

Stages two or more full productions annually with casts of 30 to 40 children on the Main Stage of the theater complex. Workshops, technical stage training, internships, and apprenticeships in the theatrical arts are just some of the continuing arts education held throughout the year. Approximately 7500 families in the greater Baltimore Washington Annapolis region are impacted by CTA annually.  Visit their website to view current productions.

BALTIMORE'S INNER HARBOR

Is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit. The National Aquarium features more than 16,000 animals, from sharks to a giant sea turtle, while the Maryland Science Center’s highlights include two-story dinosaurs and interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy. The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features more activities for the little ones, and, a short ride away, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park engages young and young at heart with the giraffe-feeding station and much more. And, if it’s the unexpected you seek, you’ll be talking about the oddities in Ripley’s Believe or Not! for weeks!

THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Has symbolized our nation and its democratic values for more than 200 years. The National Mall - the great swath of green in the middle of our capital city and stretching from the foot of the United States Capitol to the Potomac River - is the premiere civic and symbolic space in our nation.

National Mall and Memorial Parks protects the national mall and its iconic monuments and memorials and over 1,000 acres of greenspace in Washington, D.C.. Come to visit the National Mall and stay to explore all that National Mall and Memorial Parks has to offer.  Visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and so much more.  Visit here for more information.