You won’t run out of fun things to do with the whole family in Annapolis.
Here are some activities that you and your kids will enjoy:
- Visit the Chesapeake Children’s Museum
25 Silopanna Road
This museum offers a fun learning environment for children of all ages. Workshops, events, nature walks, and reading activities will stimulate their imagination. Act out stories with puppets, observe local woodland animals, and learn conflict resolution with your child during your visit.
- Check out the Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street
Get to know the underwater critters that live in the museum’s 850-gallon Chesapeake aquarium and learn how oysters are harvested and packed in a highly interactive environment. Explore the gallery and admire maritime or Chesapeake Bay-themed artwork or attend a lecture on local history. Celebrate the spring equinox at the Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, which takes place here every year.
- Go on a pirate adventure
311 Third Street
Hunt for sunken treasure and fire (water) cannons with Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake. Look the part – get your kids’ faces painted and dress themup in pirate wear before sailing off.The pirate ship Sea Gypsy will ignite your child’s imagination, and the friendly crew will make the experience an unforgettable one. The indoor party area can be booked for pirate-themed birthday celebrations.
- Hop aboard a schooner
80 Compromise Street
Spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon on the water with your kids and drink in scenic views of Chesapeake Bay. Snack on crackers and dips as you watch the sunset and take photos as a reminder of your time on the cruise. This local operator has two beautiful 74-foot long wooden schooners –Woodwind and Woodwind II.
- Catch a game at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
If your kids are into sports, take them to this state-of-the-art sports facility and catch an exciting ball game. The stadium hosts professional, high school, and local youth sports events. Visit the Hall of Champions to see lacrosse memorabilia, such as fascinating photos and trophies that showcase the long tradition of Navy lacrosse, then grab a bite at a concession stand.
- Cool off at Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Enjoy an array of outdoor activities at this well-maintained, over 300-acre park. Nestled along the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay and South River, the park features paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, kayak rentals, and a skating rink. Go for a walk or let the kids work off some energy at the play structures that can be found here. Thereare dog parks and a dog beach as well.
- B&A Trail
The Baltimore & Annapolis Trail is a recreational greenway that spans 13 miles. The southern portion takes you through some idyllic suburban neighborhoods while the northern half cuts through an urban landscape. There are stops at Severna Park and Pasadena where you can buy snacks and refreshments.
- Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway
Situated on Chesapeake Bay’s western shore, Sandy Point State Park boasts long stretches of beach where you and the kids can admire the scenery. Go boating or fishing in the clear waters. Go for a leisurely stroll along the shore or roll out a blanket and have a lovely picnic.
- Annapolis Urban Adventures Day Tours
26 West Street
Hop on an eCruiser and go on a day tour of Annapolis. It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. A local guide will tell you everything you need to know about historically significant events, people, and places. These tours are tailor-made just for you and your family, making it a one-of-a-kind experience.
- Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Avenue
Visit the Hammond-Hardwood House and gain a deeper understanding of 18th-century architecture, furniture, and art. A knowledgeable guide will discuss the history of the home and its former occupants. There’s also a small gift shop where you can buy souvenirs. Best for older kids with a historical bent.
For more kid-friendly activities in the area, check out our other posts in our blog.