Updated May 2020.
Annapolis is the best part of Maryland! It’s an easy day trip from D.C., it’s historic, it’s beautiful, and they have some incredible food! Here’s my quick list of the top things to do in Annapolis. Start planning your trip!
10. Shop and Eat at the PA Dutch Amish Market
Just four miles outside of historic Annapolis is a magical place where calories are plentiful but don’t count, all the food tastes good, and things like “shoo-fly pie” and “whoopee pie” can be bought by the dozen! There is a restaurant, a grab-and-go spot, and multiple shops for everything from cheese to meat to dessert to baking ingredients. And don’t skip the samples!
9. Step into St. Anne’s Church
You can’t miss it, it’s the large, historic church on top of the hill! It was the first church in Annapolis and was founded in 1692, but it’s the third building in this location.
8. Find Some Street Art
Murals have become incredibly popular in recent years, and it’s beautiful! There are some pretty murals around Annapolis, so when you happen upon one, strike a pose!
7. Admire the History
I’m about to shock you… I love history! Is it just me? I don’t think it’s just me. Annapolis is a beautiful 17th century town with pieces from four hundred years of history. George Washington resigned his military commission here in 1783 (unprecedented at the time) at the Maryland State House, four signers of the Declaration of Independence called Annapolis their home, and it was a major shipping town! There is so much history here, you can’t help but see and experience it!
6. Visit the Hogshead
And speaking of history, it’s pretty rare for a common structure, like a hogshead, to survive since the 18th century! This is a FREE attraction, and it’s kind of fun to see how the “other half” lived and worked hundreds of years ago. It’s certainly different than today! The costumed interpreters inside did a great job of answering questions and making the most of our visit!
5. Tour the William Paca House
This was an unexpected delight! William Paca was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his home is beautifully preserved. It’s one of the best house museums I’ve visited, and I go to a lot of house museums (and I’ve worked in a few, too!). Don’t skip this gem, and make sure you leave time for the gardens out back!
4. Eat Crab Cakes
If you visit Annapolis, but don’t eat a crab cake, did you really go? No! So you’ll need to carve out some time to enjoy a crab cake—or two! You can find them on practically every menu, but the best ones are at the Boathouse and the Iron Rooster!
Read on: What to Eat in Annapolis
3. Tour the Maryland State House
Little known fact for anyone outside of Maryland who is not a U.S. History teacher: Annapolis is the capitol city of Maryland! The capitol is not Baltimore. As such, the Maryland State House is here, and it’s open for FREE self-guided tours every day of the week! They have some great exhibits, and you can peek into the State House and Senate rooms, too! It’s also the oldest state capitol building in the country!
2. Eat Breakfast at the Iron Rooster
I normally make a point of eating at a different restaurant every time we eat, get coffee, etc., but I happily went to the Iron Rooster twice! And I will go back again next time I go to Annapolis. They serve breakfast all day, and they have deliciously unique dishes!
1. Tour the Naval Academy
This is one of the best tours I’ve taken in the D.C. area. Our guide was a retired alumnus, and he gave us some great stories about the training, traditions, and legends at the Naval Academy! The best part was seeing their training and sports facility. Or maybe it was seeing the stunning dorm that looks more like a grand train station of yesteryear. Take the tour to see for yourself!
Get all the details here! How to Tour the Annapolis Naval Academy
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