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Things To Do in Maryland – the Port of Annapolis

Posted on | January 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Things To Do in Maryland – the Port of Annapolis

Article by JC Banks

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and an important Chesapeake Bay port. The city is famous for its history, beauty, architecture, schools, art, seafood, shops and harbor. Annapolis was once an important shipping and commercial fishing port. Today the port is a top destination for sailboaters, shoppers and vacationers.

The city is a mix of government facilities, legal professions, educational institutions, art shops, local seafood restaurants, and boating-related businesses. Its waterfront is a key attraction to the city and a vital component of area culture.

The city dock serves as the hub of waterfront district and is among the most beautiful of American ports. The area has undergone several phases of development prior to its current design. For its latest reconstruction, the Annapolis City Dock has been nationally recognized, receiving the Outstanding Small Project Award for 2009 from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Annapolis and its port are considered to be among the top power boating and sailing destinations of the Atlantic Coast. Two important attractions to boaters are the United States Sailboat Show and the United States Powerboat Show, both held in the harbor of Annapolis. The events are the oldest and largest in-water shows in the industry, attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of power boating and sailing enthusiasts.

Other fun things to do in Annapolis include boat tours, which take visitors on a tour of the harbor and into the Severn River for a spectacular view of the Naval Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, sailboats underway and other attractions.

Travelers can also go fishing with a Maryland fishing guide. Boats from Annapolis fish for Maryland’s famous striped bass, known locally as “rockfish” as well as other species such as white perch, flounder and croaker.

Other fun in Annapolis includes exploring the many shops and art galleries of the waterfront area. The city is famous for its nautical art, with something for everyone that loves boats, nature, fishing or saltwater.