Top 10 Things to do in Annapolis

Things To Do in Annapolis

Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland and is located on Chesapeake Bay. The city is full of history and while strolling through, you will see old brick buildings from centuries ago. This beautiful waterfront city is said to be the sailing capital aIf anyone is looking for a place to learn about the unique and rich cultures that are around us, Annapolis is the city to do so.

Residents and visitors can learn about the history of the Sands family, enjoy tasty seafood and sail the waters with family and friends. There are also a number of entertainment options such as the Rams Head Tavern where guests can enjoy a tasty beverage, snack on pub food and watch comedians, singers and more perform. More things include sunset boat rides, beach outings and more.

Below are the top things to do in Annapolis, Maryland.

1. Historic Annapolis Food Tours

Annapolis Food Tour

This incredible food tour has been happening since 2006. Here residents and visitors can enjoy the tasty food Annapolis has to offer on a 3 hour tour. Patrons will learn about the history of each restaurant and the culture around it. Some of the delicious food items to be tried and loved on the tour include:

  • Seafood specialties
  • Local beer
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Irish cuisine
  • Artisanal flatbread
  • Crab soup
  • Oyster shooters

Guests will see a number of other historical buildings, in addition to the restaurants that are full of history and culture. The buildings to be seen include:

Sands house- A home that has been a part of the Sands family for over 200 years. Once inside, a handful of items left behind by 6 generations can be seen.
Hammond-Harwood House- This house was built by William Buckland in 1774.
Maryland State House- The state house in which George Washinton resigned his commission as commander-in-chief from the Continental Army.
The Maryland Inn- The first structure to serve as a hotel in Annapolis in 1772.

2. Banneker-Douglass Museum

This museum is dedicated to document, interpet and promote African American history and culture. The museum does this through exhibitions, programs and projects. It is important to the museum to improve the understanding and appreciate America’s rich cultural and diversity.

Some of the exhibitions to be seen include the Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland. Guests of the museum can learn about the African American history in Maryland from 1633 to today. Learn about the first African American settler Mathias De Sousa. Also to be seen here are the advertisements for the slave auction Kunta Kinte was sold in.

3. Great Frogs Winery

Annapolis Winery

Great Frogs harvests the best grapes around to ensure the tastiest of wines is made for their customers. Here at Great Frogs, they harvest the grapes in the evening hours so they are kept away from the heat which helps create top quality wine.

Visitors can enjoy their wine tastings on the grounds, play corn hole and other games and enjoy the scenery. Members can enjoy complimentary tastings and get discounts on their favorite bottles. Members also get to enjoy events exclusive to members only.

4. Thomas Point Lighthouse

This unique lighthouse is the last standing screw-pile lighthouse in its original location. A true historical landmark being built in 1875 and is managed by the city of Annapolis and managed by the United States Lighthouse Society. Between the months of June through to October private tours of the lighthouse are available.

5. William Paca House

William Paca House

William Paca was one of the four signers of the declaration of Independence and had served as the state governor in the 1780s. In 1773 his building began and the estate was finished two years later. This summer house has a beautiful walled garden and has been restored.

6. Main Street Shopping

Whether you are visiting or a long-time resident of Annapolis, shopping is needed. Stroll through Main Street and find a number of shops, galleries and unique boutiques. There are a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars for shoppers to take a break in.

7. Annapolis Electric Boat Rentals

Annapolis Boat Rentals

Explore the breathtaking waters on the eco-friendly vessels that are battery operated. Boaters can boat along Spa Creek and watch the view of the US Naval Academy and the structures that are famous to Annapolis. Going up Spa Creek you can enjoy the beautiful and unique boats and homes.

Bay Creek is another route to be explored and enjoyed where anyone on the boat can enjoy Horn Point and the views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

8. Quiet Waters Park

A park full of fun for the whole family. There are trails to be walked through that are full of breathtaking scenery. The trails wind through forests and grassy fields. Parents can sit and take a break while their children play at the park. After the kids are finished playing at the park, the family can enjoy a tasty picnic. This gorgeous park is located on 340 acres of precious land!

There are pavilions to be rented out for family reunions, birthday parties and more. Brides can plan their dream wedding at Quiet Waters and have memorable wedding pictures done with a scenic background.

9. Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

The memorial is located at the city dock and portrays the triumph of the human spirit. It is dedicated to all the African ancestors. Not only is the memorial for African ancestors but for those of European and Asian descent who arrived in the New World in Bondage.

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is full of storytelling sculptures that show Alex reading a book to a group of children. There is also a story wall that is full of bronze plaques with inscriptions that focus on the healing and growth that is needed to overcome the trauma that has had a lasting effect on many - trauma that was caused by slavery and oppression.

10. Sandy Point State Park

Visitors and the residents of Annapolis gravitate towards the Sandy Point State Park for its miles of sandy beach. There is a bathhouse, a lifeguard, concession booths and more; a place for many to spend a full day and enjoy the sun, water and a number of other activities. Let the kids go back and forth between the playground and the sandy beach and waters. Friends and family can meet at the picnic areas and there is even a spot for boat rentals.

Annapolis, Maryland is a city for all to enjoy. From young children to older adults, there is something to be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking for a beautiful beach to lounge, a place with great food, great drinks and entertainment, Annapolis can offer it.

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