Annapolis is not only a great place to gain some insight into the past, but today the city also draws people from up and down the East Coast. Just off the Chesapeake Bay, the city attracts boaters and fishermen who frequent the waters. And there is always a crowd at the popular city dock, where locals and tourists go to shop, eat or just sit on the dock and take in the scenery. Whether a romantic day trip or family outing, Annapolis has a lot to offer.
The Naval Academy (52 King George St., 410-263-6933, Ext. 112 for tour info): The Naval Academy is the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy and is home to more than 4,200 midshipmen. Tour the campus, visit the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and view the sarcophagus of Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones. Must have photo ID to enter the Naval Academy.
City Dock: The dock in historic downtown Annapolis is host to many parades and boat shows during the year. Just sit and take in the scenery or venture out on the bay in one of the boats for rent. If you are hungry, visit the Market House on City Dock, which has everything from gourmet pizza, sushi and ice cream to a specialty cheese shop.
Middleton Tavern (on City Dock at 2 Market Space, 410-263-3323): Originally opened in 1750, this restaurant claims to have served George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. If you are feeling adventurous, try the famous oyster and shrimp shooters.
Mangia Italian Grill and Sports Cafe (81 Main St., 410-268-1350): Serves great brick-oven pizza. Don't forget to say hi to Joe, because everybody knows Joe.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (143 Compromise St., 410-268-9212): Founded in 1966, the Summer Garden Theatre is the "Theatre Under the Stars." This theater has no ceiling, so if it rains, the show does not go on. Beginning in May, productions will include Evita, The Merry Wives and My Fair Lady. For reservations, call 410-268-9212.