Annapolis: Maryland Avenue

Maryland Avenue is a small business district that caters to the state capitol crowd during session. But for tourists, it’s our antique row off Main Street.

Several side streets shoot off State Circle like spokes of a wheel. Maryland Avenue is one of them that’s worth a visit. It’s only three-blocks long and dead-ends at the Naval Academy. On the block closest to the Capitol, antique stores, consignment and artisan shops share the street with a flower shop, tailor and laundromat. It’s a mix of ‘touristy’ and local necessities.
Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD
Maryland Avenue is a little off the beaten path in Annapolis and hosts a number of festivals through the year. The best known is the Irish Festival.
The small business district tapers off on the second and third blocks down from the Capitol. On one side of the avenue, there’s a used bookstore which hosts author signings and other events, as well as an art gallery. The other side is a row of historic private homes.
Galway Bay, Annapolis, MD
Galway Bay on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis has been recognized as Best Irish Pub every year since 2000, Best Bartender 2016, Best Trivia Night, featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and most recently as a runner-up for “Best Irish Pub Global”.
The bottom of Maryland Avenue (down the hill from the Capitol) is a couple blocks from the Annapolis waterfront. And if you continue walking, you’ll go past historic homes and manicured gardens. It’s a pleasant walk.

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City Dock/Ego Alley (downtown waterfront)

State Circle (state capitol area) West Street (hipster area) Eastport (historic waterman-neighborhood) Colonial Annapolis U.S. Naval Academy Haunted Houses & Pubs What Else? Getting Around

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