Annapolis offers a variety of attractions and activities to enjoy throughout the year, ranging from walking tours of the city and its magnificent historic homes and museums in the spring and summer to attending lectures, exploring art galleries or taking in musical and theatrical performances in the autumn and winter. The Annapolis Yacht Club hosts sailboat races every Wednesday evening and offers sailing and power boat classes while the Naval Academy puts on sporting events throughout the year. Don’t miss the famous annual croquet match between St. John’s College and the Naval Academy, which is a tradition as old as the city itself. During the cooler autumn and winter months, there are Navy football games, candlelight and haunted house tours, Halloween concerts and other musical and theatrical performances to enjoy in and around the city.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County both have a long and illustrious American and maritime history, which is reflected in the many attractions and interesting sites to explore in the city and the surrounding area. Also known as the ‘Sailing Capital of the World,' Annapolis has a deep connection with the water, as well as a rich African-American history and culture, both of can be discovered in the many museums, galleries, cultural centers and other attractions around town.
Fascinating history and heritage attractions in and around Annapolis include the Ann Arundel Historical Society, which offers a year-round schedule of programs and activities relating to the county’s history and culture. The Annapolis Maritime Museum offers an in-depth look at the city’s 400 years of maritime history through an array of outstanding exhibits and displays, while the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is home to 40 acres of railroad history from the Birthplace of American Railroading. Built in circa 1830, the Benson-Hammond House is one of the last surviving farmhouses of the once-booming local farm industry and stands as a period museum which offers an excellent insight into the history of the city. The United States Naval Academy and Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center is the best place to have all your questions about the United States Navy answered and to learn more about the US Navy and US Marine Corps. The Waterfront Warehouse is home to some rare surviving examples of the small warehouses that dotted the Annapolis waterfront in the 18th and early 19th centuries and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial Courtyard is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the Bates Spirit. St. John’s College was founded in 1696 as King William’s School and was the site of Revolutionary and Civil War encampments.
Named for Lady Anne Arundell, wife of the founder of the Province of Maryland, Anne Arundel County offers a variety of recreational and leisure activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking, as well as water-based sports such as sailing and fishing. The County is also home to several state and recreational parks, including Sandy Point State Park on the Broadneck Peninsula near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Patapso Valley State Park situated along the lower Patapsco River, and the Helen Avalynne Tawes Gardens. Other notable parks and green spaces to enjoy include the Baltimore Annapolis Trail, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Fort Smallwood Park and Quiet Waters Park.
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