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Best Things To Do in Annapolis

Annapolis is a mix of 18th century attractions and water-fueled activities. For instance, in the same day, you could tour the 18th century St. Anne's Church, take a sailing lesson, compare yachts on Ego Alley and chow down on steamed crabs at any number of area restaurants. Simply meandering the wonderfully preserved Historic Annapolis is another popular pastime.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    United States Naval Academy
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    #1 in Annapolis
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 attraction in Annapolis. The campus is beautiful and pays homage to the naval branch of the military, even while it raises up the new generation. The "noon meal formation," where the midshipmen march in formation, is a must-see as well, and

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  • #2
    Banneker-Douglass Museum
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    #2 in Annapolis
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Although the Banneker-Douglass Museum is small, it's loaded with history. It's named for the black scientist Benjamin Banneker and black social crusader Frederick Douglass. Both of these men were involved with the fight against slavery during the Civil War era, and the museum does a good job of telling their

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  • #3
    Historic Annapolis
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    #3 in Annapolis
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    What visitors usually refer to as "Historic Annapolis" is the abundance of restaurants, galleries and shops that fill the converted row houses on Main Street. You'll find everything from the popularChick & Ruth's Dellyto boutiques likeLilac Bijouxand shops like Annapolis Cigar. On a nice day, this row of shops is

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  • #4
    Quiet Waters Park
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    #4 in Annapolis
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're looking to stretch your legs in a picturesque place, Quiet Waters Park is the place to do it. Its 340 acres contain everything from a 6-mile paved path, perfect for bike rides or jogs, to formal gardens, ideal for a stroll. You'll also find a sculpture garden and

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  • #5
    Ego Alley
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    #5 in Annapolis
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Ego Alley is not an alley in the traditional sense of the word; rather than a walkway, it's a narrow waterway that spills out into Spa Creek. The name "Ego Alley" comes from the queue of expensive boats that parade through the waterway on evenings and weekends. But it does

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  • #6
    Hammond-Harwood House
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    #6 in Annapolis
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Hammond-Harwood House, the self-proclaimed "jewel of Annapolis," is in all seriousness, a gem. William Buckland, the indentured servant turned famed architect also responsible for George Mason's Gunston Hall, began work on the townhouse in the late 18th century. He employed elements of the Anglo-Palladian style, which have been masterfully

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  • #7
    St. Anne's Church
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    #7 in Annapolis
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Dating back to the 18th century, St. Anne's Church in Annapolis has a storied history. Its first iteration was the area's first and only chapel. Completed in 1704, the chapel was busting at its seams by 1775. So, it was torn down to make room for a bigger house of

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  • #8
    Maryland State House
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    #8 in Annapolis
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Even though the Maryland State House doesn't tend to wow visitors with its architecture or exhibits, it is the site of illustrious history. In fact, it once served as the capital of the United States for a short stint. And it remains the oldest state house that is still in

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  • #9
    William Paca House & Garden
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    #9 in Annapolis
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The pristine William Paca House & Garden is an immaculately restored 18th century Georgian mansion, and it was the home of a young lawyer, William Paca, who eventually became one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the governor of Maryland. Along with a tour of the house,

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