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Boating in Annapolis, Maryland

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Annapolis Marinas are set along the Severn River in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis serves as the state capital of Maryland and is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. It has more history wedged into a few compact blocks than most places multiple times its size, (George Washington really did sleep here)—and, best of all, it’s a boater’s paradise. 


What to Do

The city has an unmatched wealth of historical attractions—a tour is a great way to take them in.

Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Walk with tour guides dressed in period costumes and visit sites such as the State House and the United States Naval Academy.  (410-268-7601,

Carriage Tours                                                                                                                         
Clop along the cobblestone streets in a vintage horse-drawn carriage. Make sure you reserve your tour before it’s too late!  (410-349-1660, www.annapoliscarriage.com)

Annapolis Ghost Tours                                                                                                            
An entertaining way to learn about the area’s history— you can choose between the 90-minute, kid-friendly tour or the two-hour adults-only Haunted Pub Crawl.  (12 Church Circle, 800-979-3370,

Discover Annapolis Tours
Explore the area’s historic waterfront neighborhood surrounding the marinas in Annapolis as well as St. John’s College and the State House. The air-conditioned trolley leaves from the
Visitors Center April through November and you can choose between 40 and 60 minute tours.  (26 West Street, 410-626-6000, www.discover-annapolis.com)

 Historic Walking Tours
Capital City Colonials conducts walking tours in Annapolis with the most popular tour being the Annapolis Food & History Tour, a 3 ½  hour tour of restaurant and historic places -- and by the time the tour ends you will have eaten enough to be considered a large lunch.(410-295-9715,

Where to Dine

Boatyard Bar & Grill                                                                                                                    

The favorite hangout for post-sailing get-togethers, the Boatyard is filled with the town’s culture and heritage makes it popular among locals too. (Severn Ave. & 4th St., 410-216-6206)                                                                                                    

Rams Head Tavern                                                                                                                        

The tavern serves only the freshest food possible with outstanding service. An added bonus, The Rams Head is one of the best live-music venues in the Mid-Atlantic Region where nationally touring artists perform in an intimate setting. (33 West St, 410-268-4545)


Reynold’s Tavern                                                                                                                           

In the renovated 18th Century building, you can have a casual lunch in the courtyard, dine in the historic cellar pub or have a traditional English tea in the elegant tea room. Not only is this the oldest tavern in Annapolis, but it is also one of the oldest taverns in the United States! (7 Church Circle, 410-295-9555)


Lewnes Steakhouse                                                                                                             

Family owned since 1921, Lewnes was the first restaurant in Annapolis to serve U.S Prime Steaks. This restaurant combines local atmosphere with fine dining to provide the guest with a unique experience.  (401 4th St., 410-263-1617)                                                                                                                                                  

Carrol’s Creek Cafe                                                                                                                 

Here you can enjoy fresh seafood and great wines while taking in the spectacular views of the Severn River. Carrol’s Creek is located on the famous Restaurant Row and it has live music on Saturday nights. (410 Severn Ave., 410-263-8102)                                                       


McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar                                                                                                   

A lively, local crowd with a killer raw bar. Be sure to go on Thursday nights (“Local Nights”) when they serve mussels on the half shell for $4. (8 Market Space, 410- 263-5772)


Acme Bar & Grill                                                                                                                       

Acme Bar & Grill boasts some of the best wings and one of the best happy hours in town. (163 Main St., 410-280-6486)


Aqua Terra                                                                                                                             

Satisfying food whether you prefer surf or turf—tempura-fried prawns with sweet chili mayo, and the ground-bison sliders with caramelized onions and cabernet blue cheese are highly recommended.  (164 Main St., 410-562-0469)


Joss Café and Sushi Bar                                                                                                    

This terrific sushi bar has very friendly service and a loyal, local following. Since they do not take reservations, it's very tricky to get a table, but the quality of the sushi makes it worth the wait. (195 Main St., 410-263-4688)

49 West Coffehouse, Winebar & Gallery                                                                                  .    

This relaxed spot is perfect for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. They also have live jazz and folk music every night ---- an added bonus! (West St., 410-626-9796)



The pure Thai cooking combined with the hip and modern atmosphere makes Lemongrass a local sensation. (167 West St., 410.280.0086)


Cantler’s Riverside                                                                                                                 

Experience a real Maryland tradition at this iconic crab house. Only a short ride from downtown, the piping hot shellfish served 7 days a week make it worth the trip. Dine & Dock is also available which provides a relaxed dining experience for the boaters.  (458 Forest Beach Rd., 410-757-1311)
For more information, stop by the Annapolis Conference and Visitors Bureau (26 West Street, 888-302-2852, http://www.visitannapolis.org/ 

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