What do you think of when someone mentions Annapolis, Maryland? Perhaps the nation's oldest statehouse comes to mind, or the United States Naval Academy, or even congestion on Route 50. Forced to spend most of a weekend in Annapolis, I found it to be a rather enjoyably laid-back little town. My five suggestions for enjoying an afternoon in Annapolis include window shopping Main Street, seeing the noontime formation at the Naval Academy, strolling City Dock, enjoying some local fare, and joining an organized tour.
Take a tour - Maryland State House
Annapolis is chock full of historical points of interest, and there are lots of folks ready to show them to you. There are historical site tours, harbor tours, Naval Academy tours, pub tours and haunted tours. The official Annapolis travel site has a listing here. Pictured is the Maryland Statehouse, the nation's oldest.
Window shop Main Street
When visiting Annapolis in the past, I always wanted to explore beyond Main Street. This was misguided. All the window shopping you need is right here. Clothing, antiques, food. Right on Main.
Check out Noon Formation at the Naval Academy
It is impossible not to notice the walls and structures of the United States Naval Academy just off Annapolis City Dock. Step inside and see where the future leaders of our Navy - and our nation - are being molded. Start with Noontime Formation in front of Bancroft Hall. The entire 5000 midshipman regiment lines up and proceeds in a highly orchestrated fashion inside to have lunch. Spectacular
Stroll Annapolis City Dock
City Dock is the heartbeat of downtown Annapolis. Boats come and go, moored boats are enjoyed by their owners and guests, artists paint and perform, and people watch each other.