Annapolis, MD

Geographic Location

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, DC, Annapolis is considered part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area with a population of over 38,000.

Overview of the Area

Annapolis has a rich history spanning four centuries. Red brick streets lined with historic architecture, museums, on-going exhibits, plentiful shopping boutiques and nightlife, as well as being home to the U.S. Naval academy, and a foodie’s paradise with local Chesapeake Bay flavor.

Overall Personality 

If you're a history buff, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County belong on your bucket list.
The United States Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps here since 1845. The 338-acre campus is located about one block from the State capitol and across the street from St John’s College.
Annapolis is also the sailing capitol of the world, an incredibly popular sport for people all up and down the east coast. More than four million visitors from around the world enjoy this historic seaport and the activities it hosts. Since 1970, the U.S. Sailboat and Powerboat Shows are held annually on the City Dock.
There are numerous yacht and boating clubs in Annapolis. The city was designated a Chesapeake Bay Gateway Site in 2001. The harbor area is a popular port of call for international cruising vessels and tall ships.  Annapolis is equally well known for the many sailing regattas held here. Take a stroll along City Dock Ego Alley to view, or if invited, board luxury yachts or pleasure boats moored alongside.
You'll find everything from shopping malls to specialty shops here. Explore Annapolis Harbor Center, Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market, Westfield Shopping Center and the new Towne Centre. Boutiques and specialty shops are in the Annapolis downtown on Main Street and antique shops on Maryland Avenue.
Taste amazing seafood at restaurants along the city’s waterfront areas. There are also authentic Irish, French, Chinese, Japanese, English pubs and craft beer venues. Homemade ice cream parlors and coffee shops are around City Dock and the Market House.
Since its colonial days, Annapolis has been a hub for both artists and art enthusiasts. You can visit over two dozen art galleries and see at public art throughout the downtown district. There are several arts festivals that take place throughout the year. Visit the Maritime Museum in Eastport and take a tour of the Naval Academy. Annapolis hosts a Broadway-quality professional theatre in a trendy off-Broadway setting and a summer Garden Theatre near City Dock. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents a yearlong season of Shakespeare and other well-known classics.

Defining Characteristics

Annapolis is an incredibly walkable town. A great place to visit, even a better place to live. From its earliest days as a colonial capital city, Annapolis was known as the "Athens of America” with a wealth of cultural activities tidewater cuisine and local pubs with ambiance, and gracious hospitality that attracted visitors from around the world. You will find the same atmosphere today, drawing more than 4 million people a year. Annapolis remains a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.
Since Annapolis is a sailing and boating capital, it is home to a large fleet of sailboats and power boats. Sail on one of two, 74-foot wooden, schooners that offer a real Chesapeake Bay sailing experience for cruises. Kayak and Stand-up Paddle boards are available on Spa Creek as well as water taxi to restaurants and shops.  Learn to sail at several training schools on Back Creek including the Performance Racing School, J-World. Hike or ice skate at Quiet Waters Park or go swimming, canoeing and kayaking on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park. Segway, walking, or running tours of the historic city are popular. From City Dock you can board the Harbor Queen for sightseeing on the bay. The family friendly Pirate Adventure on the Chesapeake also boards passengers at City Dock.

Annual Events

  • 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
  • Annapolis Crab Feast
  • Irish Film Festival
  • Arts, Crafts & Wine Festivals
  • Commissioning Week
  • Craft Beer & Music Festivals
  • East Port Yacht Club Christmas Boat Light Parade
  • Annapolis was named No. 10 on Country Living magazine's list of America's best small towns for Christmas.
  • Annapolis Yacht Club Wednesday evening races
  • J-World Thursday evening races

Nearby Transportation Options

  • US Route 50 East and West
  • I-97 North to Baltimore
  • Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport
  • New Carrollton is the nearest Washington DC Metro Station
  • Rush-hour bus service available
  • City bus service downtown and to suburbs

Types of Homes in Area

There are more 18th century homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation. In Annapolis, you can live on the water with a dock and access to College Creek, Spa Creek, Back Creek, Black Walnut, Oyster Bay the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River. Condominiums and apartments on Spa Creek have access to water taxi service.  In fact, in Annapolis you either live on-the-water or not far from it.
Those living in historic and renovated homes in downtown Annapolis can walk on brick sidewalks to the Capitol, City Dock, and Main Street. Nearby communities such as Sherwood Forest is a gated community with seasonal recreation facilities and marina access.  Eastport and Edgewater, Arnold, and Severna Park also have historic and new construction homes. The historic district of Annapolis has especially rigorous planning and permitting processes for renovation and new construction.

Annapolis Schools

Annapolis is served by 12 public elementary, 4 middle school and 4 high schools:
There are numerous religious and private schools:

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