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Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, with friends, or with the kids, Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay can fill the niche. Want a quick lay of the land? Head to City Dock in Annapolis. It's your gateway to a host of sailing and cruising possibilities. Want to captain your own boat? Our award-winning sailing and powerboat schools can put you at the helm. For a demonstration from the pros, visit the U.S. Naval Academy, or get a waterman's take on the Chesapeake Bay at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

No visit to Annapolis is complete without a walking tour. Tour guides in Colonial attire will fill you in on the gossip of the ages as you wind your way along the brick-lined streets of the Historic District. Up for a good scare? Try our ghost tours. Hungry? Indulge your appetite and your intellect with a food and history tour. Looking for adventure? Trail blaze on a Segway, or make your way around the city on a climate-controlled trolley tour. Your guide will fill you in on key attractions including the Maryland State House, Banneker-Douglass Museum, and the homes of Maryland's signers of the Declaration of Independence.

A new exhibit at Historic London Town and Gardens recounts the history of the Annapolis countryside. While you're there, check out the largest ongoing archaeological dig in Maryland. The nearby Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, the Galesville Heritage Museum, and the Deale Area Historical Society have their own stories to tell about the life and times of farmers and watermen of years gone by. Annapolis Baltimore is an area of contrasts. Home to Arundel Mills Mall and its new Maryland Live! Casino, Annapolis Baltimore is our nation's cyber security capital and home to one of the fastest growing airports in the nation, BWI Thurgood Marshall.


Spotlight On Upcoming Events

2015 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

Every year on the second Saturday in December, from 6 pm to 8 pm, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor—boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers. Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to see this yearly spectacle and to celebrate the holiday season together. The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ signature events and we invite you to join us as a participant in the parade or as a spectator cheering on the decorated boats and their crews...more

The Nutcracker

The Ballet Theater of Maryland invites you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time - "The Nutcracker," where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas, and the wonder of children merge through young Clara's adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snowflakes and Sweets. Enjoy the performance Saturdays (7:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm & 4:30 pm), December 12-13, 19, and 20 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase Street, Annapolis)...more

Bring in the New Year in Downtown Annapolis

Welcome in 2016 at City Dock in downtown Annapolis. Grab your friends or the whole family for a night filled with entertainment, food, and fireworks displays in the Annapolis Harbor as the clock strikes 12. Enjoy family-friendly music early in the evening before heading to the waterfront for a view of the fireworks, or celebrate the New Year in one of the city's many pubs and bars. It's all free and everyone is invited!..more

Spectacular Holiday Light Display Comes to Sandy Point State Park

There’s no better way to get the whole family into the holiday spirit than cruising along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay through a massive light show. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lights on the Bay, held from November 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Weather permitting, the electric wonderland will be on full display nightly from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park (1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409). Take a night – or a couple nights – to enjoy the electric show from the warmth of your own car...more

The Annapolis Shakespeare Co. presents: It's a Wonderful Life

Experience the American holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, with one of Annapolis' most acclaimed performing arts studios, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company (Studio 111, Suite 114, 111 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis). From December 4 through January 3, Friday-Sunday, be dazzled by world class performers in celebration of Christmas...more

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