Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County, home to Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis, is located in central Maryland with a population of about 537,000 people. Did you know that of Anne Arundel County’s 588 square miles, about one-third of that area (173 square miles) is made up of waterways? Now you know why Anne Arundel locals love anything to do with the water!
The county established its own jurisdiction in 1650, becoming the third Maryland county. It was named after Lady Anne Arundell, of Cornwall, England, who was married to Cecilius Calvert, first Lord Proprietor of the Province of Maryland.
Anne Arundel County is home to many different landscapes, including beaches, parks, farms, and wineries, offering visitors and locals alike an abundance of activities throughout the year. Seeing as the entire eastern boundary of the county is defined by waterways, much of Anne Arundel’s recreation and economy relies on the water. Visitors to the area can find year-round options to take in a boat ride or chartered tour of the waterways, as well as many options for waterfront dining. And don’t forget the quintessential Maryland experience—a crab feast of steamed blue crabs, many caught right off the county’s own shorelines.