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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

2nd Annual North County Restaurant Week

The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first North County Restaurant Week October 15-22. More than 18 restaurants from Glen Burnie, Ferndale, Pasadena, Millersville, Hanover and Severna Park will be dishing up fare designed to satisfy a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Participating restaurants are offering fixed price menus for lunch, dinner or both...more

17th Annual Oyster Festival at the Captain Avery Museum

What started out as a small outdoor gathering commemorating local heritage has grown into one of the area's most popular waterfront traditions. Outsiders may think of Maryland and say "crabs," but...we also have a special fondness for Chesapeake Bay oysters. We love them battered and fried-but most of all, straight off the half shell (with a nice cold beverage). Don't miss this great event happening Sunday, October 18 from 12:30 to 5 pm...more

Historic Haunting Tours throughout October

This year, instead of heading to the usual haunted house full of unconvincing tricks, join Historic Annapolis and Watermark on a special ghost tour of Annapolis. Held on Saturdays throughout October, haunted tours take guests inside one of the most notorious houses in Annapolis – the James Brice House. Only our ghoulish guides can bring you inside this haunted home after dark for a spooky tale or two...more

The Maryland Renaissance Festival Kicks off Autumn in 16th Century Style

Beginning on August 29, 2015, the Maryland Renaissance Festival welcomes visitors to immerse themselves in a recreated 16th century English village. Located at 1821 Crownsville Road in Annapolis, the festival and its village are situated on twenty-five acres of woodland with 85 additional aces set aside for free parking. Take a day to wander through 16th century England while experiencing jesters, jousters, knights, live music, and activities. Hailed as the region's premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country with over 280,000 visitors a season, you'll discover a new world full of family-fun, entertainment, food, and more at the Maryland Renaissance Festival...more

Slaughter Across the Water: A Tug of War between Eastport and Annapolis

Maryland’s capital city is once again gearing up to battle the Annapolis neighborhood of Eastport in the Maritime Republic of Eastport Tug of War on November 7, 2015. Dubbed the lengthiest tug of war across water in the world, the annual clash is an endurance event with teams of no more than 33 tuggers set up on opposite sides of the Annapolis Harbor. Lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, each Tug of War battle provides onlookers with an exciting taste of a unique, regional tradition. With proceeds from the event going to local charities, attendees can enjoy the food, drinks, and live music on either side of the water – or even join a team and tug – while contributing to a good cause...more

Annapolis by Candlelight

Grab a candle and join the 2015 Annapolis by Candlelight tour on November 6 and 7, hosted by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. You'll travel the city’s centuries-old streets the same way residents did hundreds of years ago, as you explore some of Annapolis’ 18th- and 19th-century architectural icons. History lovers and interior design buffs, you won't want to miss this rare opportunity to get an up-close look at some of Annapolis’ most cherished private homes during this truly special public viewing...more

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