Out and About in Annapolis

AnnapolisSandy Point State Park is situated five miles northeast of the city and attracts the crowds for its two lovely beaches popular for swimming and sunbathing, boating, picnicking and hiking. The local historic attractions are also worth a check out. Another popular park is Greenbelt Park, 21 miles to the west of the city. It was transformed from degraded farmland into an impressive forest area of evergreens and deciduous trees offering 12 miles of nature trails, horse riding, and camping.

Children and nostalgic adults alike will love a visit to the Star Toys Museum, 18 miles northwest of the city. This is the world’s only Star Wars-related toy museum, housing over 6700 pieces in two rooms of a suburban house. Proprietor Thomas Atkinson has been collecting Star Wars memorabilia since 1977 and the place is bursting with TIE Fighters, Princess Leias, Chewbaccas, Jawas, and Lobots; phone 410-859-1261 for an appointment.

Another excellent family attraction is Wild World, 19 miles to the southwest. This 200-acre amusement park features over 50 rides, shows and attractions, along with an extensive water park featuring white water rafting and a huge wave pool. Younger children are catered for with numerous attractions designed especially for them, while the older thrill seekers can test their nerves on one of three roller coasters and the formidable Tower of Doom.

Built in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a popular place to visit, with its frequent parades, sporting events and sheer grandeur. It has the world’s biggest dormitory, which houses over 4000 midshipmen, and an exquisite chapel. Among the Academy Naval Museum displays are an early submarine and a Mark XIV torpedo (a memorial for the 52 U.S. submarines lost during WWII with 3505 men on board).

The historic City Dock area boasts fine dining and entertainment options. Established in 1695, today it is home to numerous world famous waterfront restaurants and bars, as well as frequent opera, symphony, ballet, and theater performances.

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