My middle son, Bo went to the Naval Academy gymnastics camp this summer, so it was the perfect opportunity to do a quick 3 day weekend in Annapolis. Boy were we surprised at all there was to do in the well-preserved water town home to the Naval Academy. Here our the top favorite things to do that were kid-friendly and rainy weather proof too~!
Our favorite crab spot was the local dive (in a regular neighborhood), Cantler’s Riverside Inn. I read a blog post on this place that you can actually watch the boats bring in the crabs but since it was a bad rain storm the day we went, no boats were coming in with crabs. But we will be back for sure. This is a family owned business with the absolute best cream of crab soup I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously, trust me.
The Naval Academy has a tremendous presence in Annapolis. You can see its numerous buildings from almost every where in town, loom over. But what’s more impressive is when you dawn the doorstep of the buildings on campus, namely the chapel and Bancroft Hall your mind will be blown. The attention to detail and the amount of maybe is staggering. Naval Academy tours are given frequently throughout the day and would really add some context to what you are seeing. Do not miss the John Paul Jones crypt beneath the chapel building. Free to walk in and peruse the John Paul Jones tribute is full of fanfare, facts, and lots and lots of French black marble, just breathtaking.
Annapolis Trolley Tour
My favorite forever way to get the gist of a town quickly is a bus or trolley tour. This one did not disappoint, was only 60 minutes and full of fun facts and gave us the lay of the land. Highly recommend, plus you get on board at the visitor center in downtown Annapolis which is a wealth of information and great starting point to touring Annapolis, free duck food too!
Nothing gives you a better feel for a town than taking it all in on foot. This town truly seems like you are plopped right back in time, every home, store, and street is so well-preserved and maintained. Just a pure pleasure to walk around and see it all.