Things to do in Annapolis
Explore all the great things to do in Annapolis from the central location of our hotel.
- Rams Head On Stage
- Maryland State House
- The William Paca House & Garden
- Annapolis Maritime Museum
- The Chesapeake Children's Museum
- United States Naval Academy
How To Get Here
Explore the many things to do in Annapolis and surrounding areas. The Westin Annapolis is conveniently located within the heart of downtown and minutes from all the best things to do in Annapolis. Find attractions, landmarks, and corporate headquarters only moments away and easily accessible. Explore some of our favorite things to do in Annapolis below and begin planning your escape today.
William Paca House and Garden- (distance 1.1 miles)
The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored by Historic Annapolis to its colonial-era splendor. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. You can take a self-paced tour of the garden at any time during opening hours.
The United States Naval Academy - (distance 1.6 miles)
Take a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy, established in 1845 as a training ground for officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Daily tours departing from the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center introduce you to the many traditions that go hand in hand with being a Navy town. From noon formation to formal parades, to Blue Angels flight demonstrations, the Navy presence permeates Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Whether you come for Navy football or a concert, there is a plenty to do.
First Sunday Arts Festival- (distance .6 miles)
Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll along West Street and Calvert Street next to Whitemore parking garage and experience the work of 100 local and regional artists. Local restaurants set up outside cafes that are perfect for people watching and an afternoon bite to eat. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.
Maryland State House - (distance .8 miles)
Completed in 1779, it was the site of nationally important events during the American Revolution. The State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Year's Day. To help make your visit to the Maryland State House more enjoyable, and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available in the Office of Interpretation on the first floor.
Schooner Woodwind- (distance 1.2 miles)
Sail the Chesapeake on one of two, 74-foot wooden, schooners that offer a real Chesapeake Bay sailing experience for 2-hour public cruises, as well as longer specialty cruises. During these sailing tours, experience the US Naval Academy and the historic city skyline.
Rams Head on Stage- (distance .6 miles)
This popular music venue has been voted as one of the top music clubs under 500 seats in the world. This beautiful smoke-free seated nightclub offers an amazing array of national talent.
Annapolis Maritime Museum - (distance 2.2 miles)
The Annapolis Maritime Museum operates from a waterside campus on the shores of Back Creek, with unrivaled views of the Chesapeake Bay. The Museum campus is the site of the last remaining oyster packing plant in the area, the McNasby Oyster Company building. The historic McNasby building is the ideal setting for meaningful waterfront education experiences, maritime seminars, concerts, meeting and events. The museum is open Saturday & Sunday from Noon - 4p.m.
Chesapeake Children's Museum- (distance .7 miles)
A fun, interactive museum for children of all ages. Experience Bay Window (live animals to touch & learn about), Waterman (boat & pier to sail away to parts unknown), Colombian Market (marketplace and eat-in kitchen area to serve your finest tea party) Center Stage (dress up and pretend), Body Works (doctor/dentist room) and Express Yourself (arts & crafts that can be completed and taken home), as well as a building/train area and a music room. Situated in the Spa Creek Conservancy Park at the headwaters of Spa Creek - with a quiet nature trail. Admission $4 for ages one and up. Hours 10am-4pm, summer hours 11am-5pm.
Annapolis Haunted Tours - (distance 1.2 miles)
If Halloween is one of your favorite holidays, and you like a good scare any time of year, the Ghosts of Annapolis tour is for you. Stay close on the heels of your guide. Your fearless leader will steer you through the evening mist and introduce you to spirits of years gone by, some of whom you may sense still on the streets and in the historic buildings of Annapolis today.
Quiet Waters Park - (distance 3.9 miles)
Nestled between the South River and Harness Creek, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis offers a wide variety of activities. Visitors can walk, jog, or bike on over 6 miles of paved trails winding through hardwood forests and past grassy fields, play at the multi-level children’s playground, enjoy the vistas of the South River promenade and scenic overlook, or picnic among 340 acres of beautiful park land.