William Paca House & Garden

#9 in Best Things To Do in Annapolis
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Courtesy Historic Annapolis

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186 Prince George Street

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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, visitors should make time to wander around the carefully manicured 2-acre garden.

Recent guests agreed that staff and tour guides were pleasant and generous with their time, and more than willing to answer questions about the house and grounds.

The house and garden is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 and includes a docent-led tour of the property. Recent visitors recommend grabbing a flier from the Visitors Center in order to get a coupon for $2 off the admission price.

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#1 United States Naval Academy

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 it's held weather permitting. In the free U.S. Naval Academy Museum, you can take a self-guided tour through the navy's history. But recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of the guided walking tour of the campus — not only will you gain insight into naval history, but you'll also learn about the academy's Beaux-Arts architecture and landscaping.

The Naval Academy is also known for its music department. Throughout the year, multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Naval Academy Band, put on performances that are open to the public. Check the website before your visit to purchase tickets.

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