Welcome to Historic Downtown Annapolis
Often described as exciting, charming, and beautiful, Downtown Annapolis is a treat for both residents and visitors. Lined with more 18th century homes than Williamsburg, this living, breathing city puts you directly in the middle of early American life. The area was founded in 1649 and is both the state capital and the Sailing Capital of the World. It notably features the United States Naval Academy, St. John’s College, as well as the homes of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Dynamic and breathtaking community brimming with historic significance
Downtown Annapolis always has something fun going on. To the surprise of some, the area isn’t overly touristy. Instead, there is a healthy balance of visitors and locals. The homes, townhomes, and condos in this neighborhood are lovely and stately. Many residential properties feature Colonial-style architecture.
What to Love
- Overflowing with early-American history
- Sailing Capital of the World
- Luxurious and stately residences
- Top-tier events, festivals, and entertainment
- Fabulous dining and shopping scene
- Exquisite sunrises
Once you’ve set foot in the area, you’ll immediately notice the energy and vibrance of Downtown Annapolis. Take a stroll down any one of the local streets and you’ll find it easy to imagine what the area looked like hundreds of years ago. The center of the city is full of top-tier restaurants, attractions, and unique shopping. Side roads are lined with Colonial-style homes that collectively tell the story of how the country began. History buffs are sure to be filled with awe and appreciation of this locale.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Get ready to indulge in the best that Downtown Annapolis has to offer. Steps from home, residents have the privilege of enjoying exceptional shopping and dining establishments — popular with locals and tourists alike.
If you find yourself near the historic Annapolis City Dock, be sure to grab lunch at Market House. This highly-rated venue boasts an amazing menu of seafood and upscale American fare. Minutes away, imbibe at the Rams Head Tavern. Serving as a community staple since 1989, diners can order their favorite beverage, and nosh on delicious eats for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Two other area favorites include Café Normandie (featuring outstanding French Country Cuisine), and McGarvey’s, which serves up fresh local seafood.
While walking through Downtown Annapolis, there are several stores that you should definitely explore. In the heart of town, highlights include The Annapolis Pottery, Capital Comics, Back Creek Books, Evergreen Antiques, and True Vintage, KA-CHUNK!! Records, the Historic Annapolis Museum Store, and Annebeth's.
Things to Do
As one of the premier historic destinations in the country, Downtown Annapolis overflows with arts, culture, landmarks, and more. No matter the time of year, there is always something to do and see in this part of the city.
Monthly, locals can attend a myriad of fun events that span every kind of interest. Check the Downtown Annapolis community calendar for dates to several of the area’s most popular events, including the Annapolis Boat Show, Midnight Madness, Military Bowl, and Dinner Under the Stars.
Throughout the year, permanent attractions and landmarks serve as entertainment for both visitors and residents. Just off of the Church Circle roundabout, stroll down Annapolis’s Historic Main Street. This brick-paved road leads individuals past buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years. Close by, art enthusiasts should make plans to visit The An`napolis Collection Gallery, The Unknown Artist, and the McBride Gallery. Other local highlights include the Old Treasury Building, the Thurgood Marshall Statue, Banneker-Douglass Museum, and the Annapolis City Dock.
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