Any boating enthusiast or patriotic American should check out the historic U.S Naval Academy. Afterwards, head out of Annapolis Harbor to The Severn River on a cruise to see the expansive waters to relax, dine, and take in the tremendous sites. You should also be sure check out the Maritime Museum to learn how vital the oyster industry was to developing the area, it’s mighty impressive.
Located right on the waterfront in Batemans Bay, it is a regular for locals and a 'must-do' for visitors alike. Strolling along the promenade you will invariably catch the irresistible waft of garlic, fresh basil, or coffee that serve as an indication that you are heading in the right direction. With a relaxed ambiance that comes from being beside the Bay, this indoor/outdoor restaurant serves up unexpectedly good traditional Italian dishes. Drop in for a quick meal and you will find yourself enjoying the food, wine, and friendly service.
Mid-May thru the summer, fishing the upper and middle bay areas near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is as good as it gets. You can fish for Striped Bass, locally known as Rockfish, White Perch, Spot, Blues, and more. Guaranteed to bring back some great family memories, these other locations provide easy access to fishing areas:the Upper Bay/ Rock Hall, Chester River, and Baltimore Harbor. Be sure to fill the cooler up with ice beforehand and sharpen your fillet knife as both will be necessary after a successful day on the water.
A spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful scenic Severn River, view the historic Annapolis Harbor including the banks of the U.S. Naval Academy. Then explore the gorgeous wetlands and impressive waterfront homes of the region along the calm, protected waters of the Severn River. The Severn is a nationally recognized scenic river of the United States, and it is a fantastic ride with its beautiful and unique views of its shore line.
You’ll get a real sense of Annapolis’ fun and spirited personality when you attend one of the scores of local festivals and events that occur throughout the year. You could tour the U.S. Naval Academy and catch a glimpse of monuments commemorating navy heroism, including the final resting place of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones. You could also enjoy a cruise on one of the area’s tour boats. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the waterways of the region, regardless of your sailing experience. Learn to sail at a local sailing school.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a small one room museum, at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and housed in the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. The museum engages visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis. Their displays include an 850 gallon aquarium, a traditional deadrise workboat, and the history of the McNasby seafood packing company.