Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a quaint waterfront city that packs a lot of old-world charm. It’s surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and home of the United States Naval Academy, so if you enjoy being near the water like my family, this is the place to be. And with some of the best seafood restaurants and shops in the area, you’ll never run out of things to do. Because I firmly believe everyone should stroll around this city, here are 5 reasons to visit Annapolis.
Let’s start with the most obvious reason: The Waterfront. Annapolis is surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and quite a few rivers so while you visit, you can enjoy sailing lessons, boating, fishing, Bay tours, and even charted cruises. Brandon and I already have future plans for the sailing school, and next time we visit, we’ll definitely take advantage of Schooner wine tasting cruises. It doesn’t get much better than that.
If you’re looking for something a bit more strenuous, you can check out Annapolis stand up paddling. I’d try it, but unlike these ladies, I have no balance and that’s a problem.
It’s no secret that I love to eat, so the last time I went to Annapolis with my parents and little sister, we were determined to find a great restaurant for a quick lunch between sightseeing. One of my favorites is the Federal House because of their delicious award-winning cream of crab soup and crab cake platter (please order it and report back to me), and my parents and sister also enjoyed their dishes — fish and chips and crab-stuffed flounder. Basically, you can’t go wrong.
I also had great crab legs with my husband years ago, but the restaurant is escaping me. Just go and do a food tour. Then enjoy coffee and homemade ice cream afterwards.
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
The Naval Academy is one of the main reasons people visit Annapolis, so a tour around the grounds is well worth it. You can get to the Visitor Center very easily once your downtown and briefings are held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Remember your photo ID because everyone 18+ is required to show one.
If you’re not interested in walking around the facility, there are great boat tours with lots of information about the Academy.
Without going into too much detail about shopping because, well, it’s self-explanatory, here are a few of my favorite shops:
Other than the United States Naval Academy, you should also visit the residences of a few of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Maryland State House, and all of the art galleries and museums. You can also schedule a ghost tour around the town.
Have you ever been to Annapolis?
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