Historic Annapolis Gateway - City Dock
Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Stroll along the famed Annapolis waterfront or sit at City Dock and imagine what Annapolis must have been during the 1700s, when the City was a bustling Chesapeake Bay port with vessels sailing in to trade from all over the world. Internationally famous as a yachting center, Annapolis has been a port of call for the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay for generations. Today, visitors can watch sailboat races in the harbor and understand why Annapolis is America's Sailing Capital. The Harbor affords sailing and powerboat cruises, an excellent way to view the nautical scene. Within a short walk are Maryland's Capitol building - the oldest in the nation - the historic district, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Location / Directions:

From Washington, DC: Take US Rte. 50 East to Annapolis. Get off at Exit 24 (Rowe Boulevard South) to the Historic District.

From Baltimore: Take Interstate 97 South to Rte. 50 East to Annapolis. Get off at Exit 24 (Rowe Boulevard South) to the Historic District.

From Eastern Shore of Maryland: Take Rte. 50 West across the Bay Bridge to Annapolis. After crossing the Severn River, get off at Exit 24A (Rowe Boulevard South) to Annapolis.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Historic Annapolis Gateway - City Dock
Randall and Dock Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Visitor Phone: (410) 280-0445

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.

Boat Access Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: Open year around.
Fees: None -- Contact Historic Annapolis Foundation for walking tour fees.
Visitor Facilities: Colonial port once surrounded by warehouses, a ship carpenter's lot and taverns. Present site of waterfront park, headquarters of the Harbor Master and Visitors Information Booth. Adjacent to historic downtown business district.
Accessibility: The Annapolis City Dock is wheelchair accessible.
Websites: http://www.annapolis.org/

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