Visiting Annapolis with Kids

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Updated June 2017

Annapolis, Maryland is a great place to visit with kids. Established in 1649, the historic colonial section of Annapolis is relatively small and easy to explore on foot and is bordered by a busy waterfront that is usually full of boats.

For families with children, historic Annapolis boasts the U.S. Naval Academy, the oldest state house still in use, a maritime museum, several historic homes, waterfront activities, a happening playground and plenty of unique places to eat and shop.

Spend a few hours or an entire day walking the city. The following Annapolis destinations take into account that you will park your car once and walk for the remainder of time in Annapolis.

Annapolis City Dock


Chances are that the area around the City Dock and Market House will be your base. Alex Haley, the author of “Roots,” is immortalized in bronze at the City Dock telling his story to a group of kids. Bring some breadcrumbs with you and kids can feed the ducks, or watch big boats maneuver their way around “Ego Alley.” From this point you can walk or take a water taxi across Spa Creek to visit the Maritime Museum or have a pirate adventure.

Water Taxi rides are available by calling 410-263-0033 or walk towards the end of the City Dock, opposite the Starbucks side, and you will see them waiting for passengers. Fees depend on where you are headed but generally run from $3 to $8/person.

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