Annapolis History: Historical Sites & Tours in Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, Maryland, is a treasure trove of American history. From its colonial past to its maritime heritage, Annapolis offers a variety of historical sites and tours that captivate both history buffs and casual visitors alike.
If you’re staying at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, a short drive will take you to the heart of this historical city. Here’s a guide to some must-visit historical sites and tours in Annapolis.
Historical Sites in Annapolis, Maryland
Maryland State House
The Maryland State House holds the distinction of being the oldest U.S. state house still in regular legislative operation. Built in 1772, it has witnessed numerous significant events, including General George Washington’s resignation from the Continental Army.
The State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Self-guided tour information is available on the first floor.
United States Naval Academy
The Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845. Open to the public year-round, the academy offers a wealth of Naval History. Highlights include the John Paul Jones Crypt, the USNA Museum, and the USNA Chapel.
Guided tours are available at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
Historic London Town and Gardens
Located mere minutes from downtown Annapolis, Historic London Town and Gardens is a stunning 23-acre park featuring history, archaeology and horticulture.
The site is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Annapolis History Museum
No trip to Annapolis would be complete without a visit to the Annapolis history museum. Here, you’ll find a collection of artifacts, documents, and interactive displays that bring to life the stories and events that have shaped Annapolis.
Highlights include exhibits on the city’s maritime heritage, its role in the American Revolution and its contributions to the broader cultural and political landscape of the United States. The museum’s hours change between winter and summer, so be sure to check their website for hours of operation before booking your ticket.
Annapolis History Tours
Please note that tour availability may vary due to seasonal changes and current health guidelines. Always check with the tour operators for the most up-to-date information.
Self-Guided Annapolis Historic Walking Tour
For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, consider a self-guided walking tour. There are several expertly crafted tours to choose from. General sightseeing, historic houses, pubs and taverns — there’s something for everyone!
If you’re interested in Annapolis’ maritime history, Watermark Cruises offers a variety of boat tours that explore the city’s relationship with the Chesapeake Bay. The narrated cruises provide a unique perspective on Annapolis’ naval history and its significance during the American Revolution.
Ghost Tours of Historic Annapolis
For something a bit different, consider taking a Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis. This evening walking tour delves into the city’s haunted history, visiting sites like the Maryland State House and other historic buildings where ghostly sightings have been reported.
For a more relaxed experience, hop on a Trolley Tour. These guided tours offer a fun, comfortable way to see the city’s historic sites without the need for extensive walking. The trolleys are climate-controlled and provide a comprehensive overview of Annapolis’ history. Explore all the major points of interest, marinas and more.
Segway Tours of Annapolis
If you’re looking for a modern twist on exploring historic sites, consider taking a Segway Tour of the historical sites in Annapolis. This hour-and-a-half tour gives participants time to practice riding their segway and even includes helmets. Accompanied by your very own tour guide, you’re sure to enjoy the ride around central Annapolis.
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