Welcome to Annapolis
A historical and urban capital on the Chesapeake Bay.
Located on the picturesque Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the state capital of Maryland. Situated approximately 25 miles south of Baltimore, Maryland, and 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is home to approximately 38,000 people. Annapolis is also known for being a picturesque waterfront community, and the Sailing Capital of the United States.
Colonial architecture, excellent sailing, and a vibrant downtown make Annapolis one of the best places to live on the Eastern seaboard. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay provide amazing views and stunning sunsets in this sailor’s paradise. Many people come from all over the world to watch the yachts at the annual United States Sailboat Show held in downtown Annapolis. For the history buffs, the Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest functional statehouse in the United States, constructed in 1772. The Maryland State House is where the Treaty of Paris was ratified in 1784 at the end of the U.S. Revolutionary War.
Annapolis is the home of two exceptional institutions of higher learning: St. John’s College and the United States Naval Academy. In addition to the institutes of higher learning, Annapolis is home to many public and private primary and secondary school
What to Love
- The city is steeped in history
- Urban lifestyle with plenty to do
- The gorgeous architecture throughout the city
- Water-centric activities such as boating, fishing, paddle boarding, and kayaking
Annapolis is a vibrant and diverse community with many community events and festivals to keep residents active. As the capital city, Annapolis is the center of Maryland politics and the seat of Anne Arundel County.
Annapolis is home to many
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Annapolis is home to many restaurants and shopping experiences. Grab a cup of coffee at Rise Up Coffee in the Annapolis Town Center. Schedule date night at Preserve -- a casual American restaurant using local produce and sustainable products. Or grab lunch at Market House in the heart of downtown Annapolis with some oysters, or a crab cake at one of the kiosks.
Great Frogs Winery is a popular winery with a vast array of wine grown in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Shop at any of the many boutiques around town such as Scout and Molly in the Town Center, Pink Crab in Downtown Annapolis, or Lilac Bijoux.
Things to Do
The Annapolis Boat Show is one of the most notable local events held every year. Yachts and boats of all sizes are exhibited during the show.
Being home to the US Naval Academy, there are many events to take in such as the Military Bowl in December, fall football games, and the Blue Angels show that bookends commencement week.
Sandy Point State Park contains approximately 786 acres on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and is host to a number of events and festivals such as the Maryland Seafood Festival, and the annual Polar Bear Plunge as well as beaches for swimming, fishing, and crabbing. Annapolis is also home to approximately 200 acres of parks. Truxtun Heights Park and Quiet Waters Park are public parks that offer access to the South River, a public pool (at Truxtun Park)