Whether you are looking for the adrenaline rush of crossing the finish line first in the Wednesday Night Sailing Races, the cool serenity of an 8-acre woodland garden, or easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay delivers. A destination of contrasts, our three regions have distinct personalities. The good news is you don’t have to choose between the casual sophistication of Maryland’s capital city, the rural charm of the county’s maritime seaport villages, or the location, location, location of the BWI community. You can experience all three!
Home of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis offers countless opportunities for getting out on the water – from forty-minute tours of Annapolis’s Harbor, to visits to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, to two-hour sailing cruises, to day-long excursions to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, America’s Sailing Capital is your gateway to North America’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.
Today, as in the past, the rhythm of life in the Annapolis countryside moves to the tides and the seasons. Maritime villages including Deale, Galesville, and Mayo invite you to escape to a simpler time. Experience the life of a 19th-century waterman at the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side. Enjoy the quiet of Galesville’s Quaker Burying Ground before strolling past Victorian homes to the Heritage Museum. Commune with nature and navigate 13,000 years of regional history at Historic London Town and Gardens.
Home to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Annapolis Baltimore is a perfect hub for day-trips to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. But before you go, be sure to visit Maryland’s top shopping, dining, and entertainment venue, Arundel Mills Mall. The 1.3 million square foot shopper-tainment complex features more than 200 brand name stores. It’s also home to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament and the new Maryland Live! Casino, one of the largest gaming, retail, and entertainment destinations in the country.