Take a step back in time by visiting Annapolis, Maryland’s historic capital city. With incredible architecture and fantastic old buildings lining its streets (many predating the 1900s), Annapolis is rich with tales of the past. The Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, was signed in this charming city. To this day, visitors can still see the extravagant homes belonging to the signatories.
While only a small seaport, this city has drawn the interest of visitors from around the world, thanks to its fantastic range of activities and social season. Nowadays, Annapolis is famous for its United States Naval Academy and surrounding naval museum. If you’re ready for an unforgettable adventure, hop aboard an American Cruise Lines ship to start exploring.
River cruises typically dock near the Annapolis City Dock. This is a short distance away from many of the city’s attractions and sites.
Facilities located near the dock include:
A visitor centre.
How to Get Around
There are a few ways to get around the beautiful city of Annapolis, with buses and taxis the most popular. Many landmarks are reachable by foot, with short travel times from the dock.
Travel times from Annapolis City Dock
It is a 10 minute journey to Government House
It is a 6 minute journey to William Paca House and Garden
It is a 5 minute journey to the United States Naval Academy
It is a 9 minute journey to Maryland State House.
It is a 5 minute journey to Government House
It is a 3 minute journey to William Paca House and Garden
It is a 3 minute journey to the United States Naval Academy
It is a 5 minute journey to Maryland State House.
Currency – The official currency in Annapolis is the United States dollar (USD). Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – Annapolis clocks run by Eastern Standard Time between November and March, which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When daylight saving is in place between March and November, clocks are set forward one hour to be 4 hours behind UTC.
Weather – Annapolis is characterised by hot summers and no dry season. This humid, temperate climate can see average temperatures range from -2 to 20 degrees Celsius. May to September is the city’s warm season, with daily temperatures occasionally soaring above 26 degrees Celsius. Its cold season lasts from November to March, with thermometers dipping below 10 degrees Celsius.
Governor’s Mansion – Be sure to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on a trip through Annapolis. Since 1870, this mansion has been the official home of Maryland’s governors. Sitting opposite the historic Maryland State House, it offers visitors a look into the region’s past and culture, and serves as a political and social landmark within the city. Incredible furnishings and paintings shed light on the last 145 years of the home, as well as the city’s surrounding history. Just looking at this Georgian-style country mansion is an experience in itself. Visitors are able to venture through some of the mansion’s many rooms on guided tours – these, however, are by appointment only.
William Paca House and Garden – The William Paca House and Garden was built in 1765 and home to William Paca, the state’s third governor and 1 of 4 signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The entire site is a stunning oasis and a tourist hot-spot. Its large garden has 5 terraces, a pond and a gorgeous, colonial garden. Inside the home is a fantastic collection of antique furniture and Paca family silver. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can take a guided or a self-guided tour of the home and garden.
United States Naval Academy Museum – Established in 1845, the United States Naval Academy Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Annapolis. More than 100,000 visitors stop by this fascinating museum each year to see its many historical artefacts on display and to learn about heritage of the U.S Navy and the Naval Academy. Admission is free to the museum, but visitors are required to show a valid form of identification at the gate.
Maryland State House – Known as the oldest state capitol still in legislative use, the Maryland State House holds an incredible amount of history within its walls. It is the United States’ oldest wooden dome of its kind, and was designed by Joseph Clark, a prominent architect. Those wanting to delve into the past can join a self-guided tour. Information is available for visitors on the first floor in the Office of Interpretation.