Enjoy exploring art in new cities? Then Annapolis is for you. Consistently ranked as one of the country's top 25 arts destinations, Annapolis is home to over 20 art galleries, along with performing arts studios and live music venues.
To make the most of your next visit to this arts-friendly city, check out these three sample itineraries:
Arrive in the afternoon and hit the streets, getting to know Annapolis. Stop by our Visitors Center (26 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401) to learn about events and things to do, and download our AnnapolisNOW app from iTunes and Google Play to get an idea of the art galleries and where they're located, along with a ton of dining options and live music venues. Wander around for a bit before checking into one of our many full-service hotels, B&Bs, and additional accommodations. Then head to dinner in Annapolis' Arts District (located on West Street from Rams Head Tavern to the Westin Hotel) where you'll find plenty of fine, outdoor, and casual dining options.
Wake up and take a stroll down Main Street to City Dock and grab a coffee before snapping some photos as the sun rises over the Chesapeake Bay. Have a Chesapeake breakfast or brunch (crabs!) before hitting the many art galleries throughout town. Don't miss the Mitchell Gallery on St. John's College's campus and the centuries-old art hanging in the United States Naval Academy Museum. Wander around town catching views of the outdoor art that dots the city, including statues, murals, and monuments. Enjoy a quick happy hour before dinner, closing out the night with some live music.
Have breakfast in your hotel or brunch at a restaurant before hitting the Annapolis neighborhood of Eastport, located just over the Annapolis Harbor, where you'll find many small shops and galleries like the Lisa Masson Studio Gallery offering Chesapeake-inspired artwork and souvenirs. Before heading out of town, visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum for a little education about the maritime history of the Chesapeake, treasured Chesapeake Bay oyster, and some great Maryland-themed artwork.