City Dock is Annapolis’ downtown waterfront. It’s the city center of Annapolis and wraps around “Ego Alley,” a waterway from the harbor that dead ends in downtown Annapolis. This is your water view!
It’s called “Ego Alley” because boats of all sorts and sizes continuously motor down to see what’s happening downtown and to be seen. They “pivot” (a boating term for a tight turn) at the end of main street and go back into the main harbor.
People like to watch pivots because a bad one can be disastrous for the boat.
This happens continually through boating season (early spring to late fall). Sailboats, power-boat cruisers and yachts are typically tied to the Ego Alley wall throughout the year.
Musicians, jugglers and other small local artists often set up on the weekends at the end of City Dock where the boats turn.
Market House is the renovated indoor market across from City Dock with a small food court inside. It also has public restrooms and an ATM.
The Ego Alley courtyard also has the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, marking the former port of entry for slaves. Kunta Kinte, the African ancestor of author Alex Haley, arrived on a slave ship in 1767. The memorial features life-sized bronze sculptures of Haley and three children of different ethic backgrounds.
City Waterfront Park
There’s a nice place to sit and watch the boats at the end of Main Street, but.. (shhhh)… if you walk along the water (with the water on your right when facing the harbor), through the parking lot, you’ll find a wider park with benches that’s even better and slightly less crowded.
That’s where you’ll find the city marina. You catch the tour boats for cruises on the Chesapeake Bay and water taxis there.
It’s also where historic ships often dock on their way through the Chesapeake Bay.
There are a number of shops in that area as well as restaurants with outside tables facing the water from a distance. Some of the oldest Colonial bars are along Dock Street paralleling City Dock, including Middleton Tavern (2 Market Space) established in 1750,
There’s not much dining by the water in downtown Annapolis. Most tables near the water or with a water view are in Eastport, across the water from Ego Alley.
But you can buy a take-out meal from the Market House, or a number of downtown restaurants, and picnic by the water. Or, try Pusser’s Caribbean Grill (80 Compromise Street). It has dockside seating and live outdoor music on summer weekends.
Catch the water taxi at City Dock. It takes you across the harbor and around Spa Creek. The taxi’s don’t have a regular schedule. Just walk over and wait, or call the number on the sign to find out where they are and how long a wait. Pay the skipper when you board.
Use it as a cheap tour boat, or as a taxi service to Eastport’s restaurant row across Spa Creek.
The skippers know the restaurants and will help you out.
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