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Things to Do in Maryland

Much of Maryland is affected by water - Chesapeake Bay, its many tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean. History lovers will find many things to do in Annapolis, the capital, home of the U.S. Naval Academy, plus sailing, or try Baltimore’s attractions – the harbor, aquarium, zoo and nearby Fort McHenry. On its Eastern Shore, find the beach resort Ocean City and Assateague Island.  Travel into the country to St. Mary’s City, the first capital, now a museum, the Civil War’s Antietam National Battlefield and St. Michael’s with quaint shops and a maritime museum. A great side trip from Washington, DC, for blue crabs or crabcakes. They’re a staple at area restaurants. Find everything from hotels, B&Bs, inn, condos and vacation rentals.
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Annapolis Ghost Tours

12 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland
The 1.5- to 2-hour ghost walk covers almost a one-mile loop. Multiple stops are made to point out a site where aberration has been seen or an unusual encounter has occurred. Bring your camera as you never know who might mysteriously appear in your photos. Stops can include St. Anne’s cemetery and the State House.
Hours & Admission
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Annapolis Ghost Tours

J World Performance Sailing School

213 Eastern Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland
Js - named for the Johnstone family members who invented this offshore keelboat that recreational and racing enthusiasts enjoy - are what this school revolves around.

Courses are offered for adults and families on J37, J80 and J92s and range from two- and three-day weekend or five weekday programs. Students can learn to sail, hone their skills, improve their racing tactics or prepare for a bareboat excursion.
Hours & Admission
April to November; daily, varies by class. Admission.

Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial

Market Street and Randall Street
Annapolis, Maryland
Kunta Kinte, an African American slave and an ancestor of Alex Haley, author of "Roots," arrived at Annapolis City Dock in 1767. To recognize their native son, a sculpture by Ed Dwight resides at the waterfront and features Haley reading to three children.
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.
Photo Courtesy: The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Inc

Liberte, The Schooner

222 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland
Sail aboard the Liberte, a 74-foot, six sail schooner on Chesapeake Bay during a two-hour Sunday champagne cruise.
Hours & Admission
September to June. Admission.

National Cryptologic Museum

8234 Colony Seven Road
Jessup, Maryland
Take a peek at the world of secret codes. Learn about some of our country’s World War II cryptological triumphs. Look behind the curtain and trace the development of cryptology - or speak in codes - from the 1500s to present day.

Situated adjacent to the National Security Agency, the museum was originally designed as a repository for cryptology artifacts - machines and devices for personnel, but expanded its reach to the general public....
Hours & Admission
Museum: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., (first and third) Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed national holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: National Security Agency

Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, Maryland
Enjoy 355 acres of natural splendor at Quiet Waters, nestled between the South River and Harness Creek. Stay fit by walking, jogging, or biking along more than six miles of paved trails that wind through hardwood forests and past grassy fields; bike rentals available.

Bring your camera and capture views from the South River promenade and scenic overlook.

Find three different gardens - native plants, formal and a native meadow....
Hours & Admission
Park: Wednesday to Monday 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Office: Monday and Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks

SunTime Rentals

2820 Solomons Island Road
Edgewater, Maryland
Have a little fun on the South River. SunTime rents 19-foot powerboats (hourly, full and half days), three-seat jet skis and stand up jet skis (hourly), plus water skis, wake boards, tubes, and kneeboards (full and half days).
Hours & Admission
May to September, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Extended holiday hours. Admission.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, Maryland
Housed in Baltimore Castle, an 11th century-style building, Medieval Times revisits an era of chivalry, valor and honor. The royal court presides, as knights on horseback participate in a medieval jousting tournament. See astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay, all against a backdrop of brilliant lights and a sweeping musical score. Invited guests partake in a royal feast.
Hours & Admission
Thursday 7:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sunday 5:00 p.m. Extended summer and holiday days and hours. Closed December 25. Admission.

American Classic Yachting

Chester Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland
The sleek vessel with beautiful wood trim offers a number of excursions: three-hour afternoon or sunset cruises, day cruises on Chesapeake Bay with lunch on board, three-day/two-night or week-long vacation cruise - all for up to six guests, or overnight cruises for up to four people.

According to American Classic Yachting’s Windrush, a 55-foot flush deck cruiser was designed and built by John Trumpy and sons. It was launched in Annapolis in 1966 and epitomizes the golden era of...
Hours & Admission
Mid-May to mid-October. Admission.

Annapolis Bay Charters

7076 Bembe Beach Road #211
Annapolis, Maryland
With more than 30 vessels ranging from monohulls - 33-foot Hunter to Jeanneau 45s, to catamaran and power yachts, find the perfect vessel for a weekend or weeklong bareboat adventure.

With more than 20 years of experience, fishing guide Captain Joe Richardson offers fishing charters aboard his 37-foot sportfisher, Dancer.
Hours & Admission
Varies by charter. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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