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Fun Activities for Kids in Annapolis, Maryland

Fun Activities for Kids in Annapolis, Maryland

From outdoor adventures to fascinating history to gorgeous water views, Maryland’s capital is a must-visit destination for families. Get ready to make memories with your kids in Annapolis! 

Water lovers

Don’t miss the chance to explore Annapolis from the water. If you enjoy the water views from the city docks, just wait until you see the city’s skyline from a boat! Embark on a boat tour of the Severn River or the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks.

If you’re in the mood for adventure, sign up for a tour that involves crabbing or fishing. Or, rent paddleboards or kayaks and navigate the waterways as a family.

If you want to add some hands-on learning to your trip, plan a stop at The Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities offer insight into the area’s nautical traditions. Kids can learn about oyster harvesting, boat building, and environmental conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.

History buffs

Little history lovers will feel at home among Annapolis’ beautifully preserved colonial architecture.

Aerial of Annapolis
Photo Credit: Visuals by Marcus

Take a (free!) self-guided tour of the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. Walk the grounds of the United States Naval Academy, visit the Naval Academy Museum, and be inspired by the stunning architecture of the Naval Academy Chapel. Sign up for a guided walking tour (the guides are in costume!) for an immersive experience that will make history come alive for your kids.

Wiggle worms

Load up the car with bikes and head for the Baltimore Annapolis Trail (B&A Trail), the site of the former Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line Railroad. When the trains made their first run on March 9, 1887, it was a favorite way for people to travel between Baltimore and Annapolis. Now, the 13.3-mile asphalt trail is perfect for a long family bike ride.

Photo Credit: Visit Annapolis
Photo taken at Sandy Point State Park

If it’s sun, sand, and swimming you’re looking for, head to Sandy Point State Park. Visitors can swim in the Bay from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The cost to enter the park is $5 per person on the weekends and holidays and $4 per person on weekdays. 

Looking for a playground? If you’re staying downtown, the playground at Newman Street Park is a convenient way to burn off some energy.

Feature Photo Credit: Capital SUP

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