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A legendary colonial city overlooking Maryland’s most famous estuary, Annapolis has gone by many names. The Puritans called it Providence. In British times, it was known as the “Athens of America,” renowned for its culture and intellect. Finally, the 18th-century Chesapeake shipping hub was rechristened Annapolis in honor of the future Queen of Great Britain. Home to world-class museums, drool-worthy micro-breweries, delicious restaurants and the famous Naval Academy, the cutting-edge city is still making waves in the culture and intellect departments. The picturesque waterfront city is not only Maryland’s capital—it’s also known as the sailing capital of America. Take a walk through town and notice the many impressive maritime artifacts, tour colonial and African American heritage sites, and spot cadets strolling down cobblestoned streets in their iconic, spotless uniforms. It’s time to check out all that the legendary city has to offer and you should start with this list of oh-so-amazing things to do in Annapolis. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
With its stately, colonial-era homes and quaint, ship-filled Chesapeake Bay waterfront, Annapolis might seem like an unlikely contender for innovative gastronomy hub. Naysayers, consider yourselves warned. As sleepy-looking and cobble-stoned as it may be, the Maryland capital is home to none other than a first-rate food scene that is getting tastier by the day. The growing number of hotels in town and exciting things to do officially make the city a must-visit destination. In terms of food, you’ll find everything from cutting-edge culinary trend items to down-home, belly-warming fare. As business has boomed, sleek, farm-to-table hipster favorites have joined time-honored seafood stalwarts, making for a vibrant array of choices that is sure to suit any palate. Go on and take your pick of the best restaurants in Annapolis.