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Dubbed “Providence” by the Puritans, Annapolis was renamed in 1694 to honor Princess Anne, heir to the English throne, and later Queen of England. To this day, Queen Anne’s royal badge, with a crown hovering above entwined thistle and rose (symbols of Scotland and England), appears on the Annapolis flag.
U.S. Naval Academy: Words can’t describe the sense of awe one feels when visiting. Do the walking tour with a guide and you will get so much more out of it. This Academy is one of the cradles of leadership training in the US. Countless thousands of midshipman have graduated from this institution and gone on to lead many others in battle defending the US and all it stands for. These men and women have also gone to be great civilian leaders as well. This campus is architecturally awesome and the sense of history is palpable everywhere you go. Don’t forget to grab lunch at the “Alley”. You can watch the Brigade of Midshipman parade, walk through the Chapel, and explore the history of the Academy museum. Make sure to enjoy a walk along the Severn River and top it off with a short trip outside the gate for Crab cakes. A good experience to see how young officers are trained. The chapel has some fantastic stained glass windows not to miss. the entrance hall to the mess hall and cadets accommodations have beautiful wood floors. Be sure to visit the museum. The upper floor was given over to the second largest collection of models ships in the world. Many were used to determine the lines of warships dating back to the 1650s. The downstairs told the story of the USA from its earliest beginnings during the Revolution until present day. The reenactments of many of the most important naval engagement so are extremely well done.
Maryland State House: This historic state house is perched on high ground in Annapolis, and it overlooks the city and the harbor as well. The grounds have a number of interesting monuments, including the ship’s bell from the battleship USS Maryland (BB-46). The grounds have what is probably the oldest English cannon recovered from any of the English colonies from St. Marys. This is a beautiful building to visit that is the working state capitol of Maryland. There are state senate and house chambers as well as the Old Senate Chamber where George Washington famously resigned his commission as commander-in-chief. They have a nice exhibit for this. It was also the Capitol of the United States for a brief period 1783-1784. It is free to visit. You enter on the north side of the building and go through metal detectors and security. There is no parking but there is public parking at garages nearby. It was quite a feeling to stand in the same room as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many other great figures in history. The self-guided tour map and signage are great. one room features some interactive displays and they have the transcript from General Washington’s resignation speech on display.
Quiet Waters Park: Quiet Waters is a beautiful park open year round with paved and unpaved trails for walking, running and biking. In the summer there are kayak and paddle board rentals available for the beautiful South River. Or ice skating in the winter! Dogs love the park! They have their own fenced area to run and play! Many pavilions available for rental for picnics and parties.
St. Mary’s Church: When you are strolling through Annapolis and are down near the docks, take a few steps up Duke of Gloucester Street to historic St. Mary’s Church and walk in for a peek. It is a stunning Catholic Church. Make sure to look up at the star-painted ceiling. Stunning. Very historic area. The Carroll House is behind the church area along with the Carroll Gardens with much history.
Carroll House: Charles Carroll House is located across from the Eastport Bridge. With a beautiful view of the Severn River at hand explore the grounds and house where the famous Charles Carroll lived. The main house is located behind the Church. The family grounds were deeded to the Church as well. Stroll along the river, take in the view and imagine what it was like to live as gentry in the days of yore. This piece of history is located in downtown Annapolis and within walking distance to Main Street. It is a destination not to be missed. Charles Carroll was the longest living signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Maryland World War II Memorial: There is a small parking space just behind the monument. It was almost empty when we reached there in the afternoon. There is a viewpoint just above the monument and there are two pathways around the monument that take you inside it. The views from the monument are also very nice. the Maryland WW2 Memorial will remind you of the many veterans who sacrificed for our freedom. Of course, Annapolis is a Navy town, so the reminders of ALL the services who participated is a good thing. This is a 10-20 minute visit – worth the stop.
Ego Alley: At the foot of Old Annapolis lies Ego Alley, a small “canal” that comes from the harbor right into waterfront Annapolis. All around are great restaurants and pubs, along with shops. A great place to spend an hour…or a day…or many days. Ego Alley is the center of Historic Annapolis. It is a narrow water way, where boats go up and down. Interesting to see some private yachts, but it is more the place to go to see the stores. If the weather is good, it is a great place to go to just be there.
The best way to get to Annapolis is to fly into one of the Washington, DC airports and rent a car for the trip to Annapolis. There is much to see here as well as Washington, DC. So, you can combined both for a great Vacation. Just give us a call and we will make this a memorable Maryland Vacation Package; 352-277-7300
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