Welcome to Annapolis


Welcome to Annapolis, one of America’s most historic cities connected by its status as America’s Sailing Capital, Maryland’s State Capitol and home to the United States Naval Academy.

Annapolis is a mecca for people with a passion for waterborne fun featuring a host of public cruises, private charters, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing schools, regattas and weeknight Sailboat races.


The United States Naval Academy sits in the heart of Annapolis and offers plenty of ways to learn more about this American institution and its proud heritage. You can explore the “Yard” on your own or with guided tour that provides an up-close glimpse of midshipman life.

Annapolis is a walkable “Museum without Walls” town boasting more 18th-century brick Georgian homes than anywhere in the country. Maryland’s State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the nation and is the only state house to serve as our country’s Capitol, when the city reigned as the nation’s first peacetime capital. Not surprisingly, all four of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes in Annapolis and each are still standing, with three of them open to the public.

Dining, nightlife and cultural offerings are accessible daily throughout the city, featuring Chesapeake cuisine and a robust local music scene.

Maryland’s capital city is also home to a thriving art community featuring many fine art galleries, the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, home to the Annapolis Symphony, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Annapolis Opera Company and one of the nation’s most renowned small concert venues, Rams Head On Stage.

Annapolis puts you within reach of major sporting events in Baltimore and Washington, along with the 52 sports that represent Navy Athletics in town.

Annapolis is your perfect “small town” getaway, with big city adventures. Discover your moment at VisitAnnapolis.org.

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