Downtown Annapolis (DTA)
As our nation’s first peacetime capital, Annapolis was a political, cultural, and commercial mover and shaker of its day. Today, the historic roots of our colonial port city turned world-renowned recreational boating capital are visible at every turn.
Mosey down Main Street from Church Circle to City Dock and you'll discover dozens of unique, locally-owned fashion boutiques and specialty gift shops tucked in between art galleries, pubs, restaurants and historic inns. Many of these small shop owners import their hand-crafted goods from far-off lands, just as town merchants have been doing for the past 350 years.
Simply relaxing at City Dock is a major reason why people visit Annapolis. Take in the sunshine while sitting outside at one of several dining establishments that allow you watch the boats cruise in and out of Ego Alley. City Dock also plays host to a handful of Annapolis’ biggest events. Head to City Dock in April and catch the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show – the largest in-water boat show in the world; be dazzled by massive pyrotechnic displays on New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July; or pull up a chair and catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March or the Military Bowl Parade in December. It's also the launching point for most of Annapolis' water tours.