Explore the ecology, history, and art inspired by the Chesapeake Bay at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park. Just outside the museum, watch the boats glide along the waters or take a private tour of this famous bay on the famous skipjack, the Wilma Lee.
If your group is feeling inspired by their trip to the maritime museum, take to the waters with an afternoon boat cruise. Watermark, a company shepherding sightseers around the Annapolis area since the 1970s, allows groups to enjoy the bay breeze as they listen to a 40-minute narrated story of the city and cruise past historic Annapolis and the banks of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Learn about Chesapeake Bay’s impressive biodiversity through the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s free outdoor hiking tour. A docent leads groups across marsh boardwalks and along forest paths, sharing knowledge about groundbreaking research, climate change, and the unique relationship between land and sea.
There’s plenty to do on land in Annapolis, too. Depending on your travel dates, groups can join in on the spirit of camaraderie and watch the U.S. Naval Academy football team play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium or check out Annapolis’ newest team, the Annapolis Blues Football Club. It’s sure to be one of the highlights of your visit!
Speaking of the U.S. Naval Academy, no trip to Annapolis is complete without a walking tour of the campus, which can be arranged through the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center. Venture into The U.S. Naval Academy Museum to see a beautiful display of artifacts, then make way to the Naval Academy Chapel to marvel at the towering dome and colorful stained-glass windows. Underneath the chapel, groups can pay their respects at the final resting place of John Paul Jones, aka the “Father of the American Navy.” Plus, check out the gift shop and museum while you’re there.
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Main Image: Annapolis Harbor. Credit: Visit Annapolis & Arundel County/Bob Peterson