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Signs of Spring in Annapolis

The Spring Equinox has arrived and so has our season of daily cruises and tours in Annapolis! Daffodils, Maryland Day...and Harbor Queen. These are the signs of Spring in Annapolis.

Daily Cruises on Harbor Queen

Last week's cold snap left us eager for boating season. How about you? Luckily starting on Friday, March 24, Harbor Queen is cruising daily! The official start day of our cruising season is Saturday but we're so excited for her return to City Dock, we're bringing her home one day earlier than scheduled. This week, she'll also take her first students of the year out on their Spring Field Trip in Annapolis. Harbor Queen cruises alongside the banks of the United States Naval Academy and out into the Chesapeake Bay to catch a glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. She's the heart of our fleet! Catch a seat on Harbor Queen every day of the week.

Daily Walking Tours

Colonials have returned to historic Annapolis! Seriously. Our Annapolis walking tours are now offered every day, twice a day. Our tour guides have finished their annual training and are ready to share their knowledge of Maryland history with our guests. Do you know the significance of the Old Senate Chamber in the Maryland State House? How about the majors available for study at the United States Naval Academy? And in which house is it believed Francis Scott Key was married? Ask a Watermark tour guide today on a Four Centuries Walking Tour.

Maryland Day Celebration - Free Walking Tour

Your weekend, Made in Maryland! Four Rivers Heritage Area celebrates Maryland Day with a weekend of heritage, history and fun...for free. From March 24-26, heritage sites throughout the region offer family friendly events for free or nearly free at just $1. More than 20 shops also offer discounts. We invite everyone to join Squire Richard Hillman on a complimentary "Gone but Not Forgotten" walking tour on Sunday afternoon. This tour is rarely offered and highlights pieces of Annapolis history that are hiding underneath the asphalt, built over or -- in some cases -- moved. Happy Birthday Maryland! Learn more about Maryland Day on their website.

Coming Up? Hint: More Cruises & Tours

Our season has started and so much more is on the way. Mark your calendars for these fun dates:

  • Historic Ghost Walk - The first Annapolis ghost tour of the year steps out at dusk on April 7
  • ArchiTrex - Learn about the architecture and design of Annapolis on our new architecture walking tour...led by a professional architect! First ArchiTrex of 2017: May 13
  • Spa Creek Tours - Cruise on the sweet and cozy Miss Anne for a 40-minute getaway starting April 8. Hint: Miss Anne cruises later than Harbor Queen in case you miss the [bigger] boat.
  • Take a longer cruise...starting on April 15. That's when our 90-minute cruises begin operation for the year. Dreamy options include the beautiful Scenic Severn River, cruising underneath the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and venturing out to Thomas Point Lighthouse.
  • ...Or go full out with a Day on the Bay to St. Michaels. Cruise from Annapolis to St. Michaels and enjoy free time in this beautiful Eastern Shore gem. The first trip on Lady Sarah departs May 20th.
  • Afternoon Cruises with live narration. Pick up lunch from a downtown restaurant and step aboard for an informative and engaging 3-hour cruise. Offered on various weekdays, the first Bay Lighthouses Cruise is April 27 and the first Chesapeake Bay Trio cruises out on May 19.

Cruise photo by Rick Brady. Walking tour photo by Webster Wright.