10 Things to Do in Annapolis
This “Sailing Capital of the World” is truly the crown jewel of the Chesapeake Bay. Known for the elite U.S. Naval Academy, the United States Sailboat Show, and its historic Maryland State House, Annapolis is also home to charming, bricked streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. The state's Capital is one of the most walkable cities in the country and consistently named one of the top ten places in America to live. Come visit and see why.
1 Tour the U.S. Naval Academy
Since 1845, the Academy has been educating the officers of the United States Navy, and the Academy campus is steeped in that history and culture. Highlights include the United States Naval Academy Museum and the beautiful domed chapel that holds the ornate crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the U.S. Navy.
2 Have a Nosh at Chick & Ruth's Delly
Since opening its doors on Main Street in 1965, Chick & Ruth’s Delly has been a favorite for midshipmen, governors, locals and tourists alike—it’s an Annapolis institution. Come early to enjoy a hearty breakfast and take part in the daily Pledge of Allegiance, recited every morning –it’s a Chick & Ruth’s tradition (8:30 AM on weekdays, 9:30 AM on weekends).
3 If You've Got It, Flaunt It on Ego Alley
If you’ve got a boat to show off, cruise to Ego Alley, a narrow waterway in the heart of historic downtown Annapolis. Once you arrive, or if you’re just there to watch, stop in for a bite and a classic rum cocktail at Pussers’ Caribbean Grill. With dockside seating right on Ego Alley, it’s prime real estate for taking in the yachts.
4 United States Sailboat Show
Sailors come from all over the world to experience the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show on Earth. The miles of Annapolis Dock become a showplace for the most beautiful and exotic boats in the world, and they’re worth seeing whether you’re shopping or just dreaming.