Annapolis, the capital of Maryland…
…has been welcoming visitors for more than three centuries. During colonial days the elite of society used to come to enjoy Annapolis’ hospitality during the social season. Today, Annapolis remains famous the world over for its cuisine and historic guest houses.
At the heart of Annapolis’ historic district lies City Dock. Many of the city’s original 18th century buildings have survived intact. Annapolis harbor’s skyline has hardly changed in hundreds of years. Hence, the moniker, Colonial Annapolis.
Many restaurants and shops line the waterfront. The historic Market House and Harbormaster’s office are also to be found here. Pleasure craft and tour boats abound in the harbor, and water taxis and sightseeing cruises regularly depart from the dock.
During the summer, many visitors and locals come to the area to visit the Susan B. Campbell Park to enjoy outdoor concerts by the Navy Band and other festivities. Over the holidays, the display of sailboats decked out with festive lights is quite breathtaking. In the fall, Annapolis is host to the largest in-water boat shows in the world.
In fact, year round, at practically any time of night or day, visitors and locals are drawn to this waterside area – the dock is the center of the city’s social life.
For anyone interested in American history, the oldest public building still standing in Maryland, the Old Treasury, is to be found on the grounds of Maryland’s State House. The Old Treasury was finished in 1737, as the office of the Commissioners for Emitting Bills of Credit. It was restored by the state of Maryland in 1949 – this was one of the first modern restorations in America.
A prime example of classic Georgian architecture is the William Paca House, completed in 1765. William Paca was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The building was turned into a hotel in 1901. The Historic Annapolis Foundation bought the property and restored the house and gardens to their original condition and appearance. It was opened to the public in 1973.
For sports fans Annapolis has plenty to offer. Baseball, lacrosse and football stadiums hold regular matches, and, at the United States Naval Academy, other sports are available year round.
If you feel like donning a medieval costume and reliving some European history, Maryland’s annual Renaissance Festival is held in late summer every year in Annapolis. And there is a huge New Year’s Eve Celebration with hundreds of theater, dance, musical and comedy performances all over the city.
Annapolis has a lot to offer visitors. Incredible boat shows, sports, arts and history. Come and check it out for yourself.