Around the Annapolis City Dock Area you will find the Market House, harbormaster's office, work boats, tour boats, pleasure craft, and visiting ships. Numerous shops and restaurants line the waterfront. Sightseeing cruises and water taxis leave from the dock regularly. During the summer, the Dock hosts outdoor Navy band concerts and festivities. In the fall, the largest boat shows in the world are held at the Annapolis City Dock. During the holidays, view a splendid display of sailboats decked out with Christmas lights.
At the foot of the dock, find the Kunta Kinte plaque, commemorating the site where the young African, immortalized in Alex Haley's "Roots," was sold into slavery in the 18th century. Consider taking a Historic Annapolis African-American Heritage Walking Tour and see the one-time homes of John Maynard, William Butler and William Bishop; African Americans who lived as free men at the time of the Revolutionary War. The Historic Annapolis Foundation (HAF) also offers several other walking tours, all of which begin at HAF's Museum Store at 77 Main Street at City Dock. Additionally, near the City Dock visitors can tour the historic Naval Academy and learn about this lasting military institution.