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Father’s Day Activities in Annapolis

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the influential men in our lives – whether it be your Dad, stepdad, grandfather, or a father figure – and treat them to some much-deserved relaxation, sightseeing, and fun-filled recreation. More than just the third Sunday on the calendar in June every year, it’s a day that means much more, a time to connect with the father figures in our lives and reciprocate their tireless love and generosity. In a day and age when we’re so often consumed by work and lose sight of what’s truly important, spending a meaningful weekend together brings it all back into focus, making memories that you’ll both cherish forever. 

Whether you plan to spend time on Father’s Day 2024, or surprise them with an Annapolis getaway, our Annapolis bed and breakfast is perfect for enjoyable  outings, where you can spend your days exploring local history, playing a round of golf, hanging at the spa, kicking back on the sandy shores of Chesapeake Bay, shopping for gifts, taking a scenic boat cruise, and enjoying fantastic meals and drinks right on the waterfront.

Maryland State House

Annapolis State Capital Building

Kick off your weekend with some fascinating history, beginning with our three elegant suites, which maintain their centuries-old charm dating back to the late 1700s. Continue the journey through our nation’s past by walking a couple of blocks over to the Maryland State House, located on Bladen Street. The House building is open daily from 8:30 am – 5 pm, with guided tours that will take you through centuries of fascinating chapters of Annapolis politics. Completed in 1779, it’s not only the oldest state capitol building still in active use, but it also served as the US national capital for ten crucial months before moving to its current home in Washington, DC. George Washington spoke in its hallowed hall, resigning from his Continental Army military role and officially marking the end of the Revolutionary War, ushering in the Congress of the Confederation and eventually the birth of the United States as we know it.

During your State House tour, take a look at the artwork and artifacts in the Archive Room and Senate Committee Room, where you’ll see paintings of historical figures like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and William Paca – one of Maryland’s most influential early residents, serving as governor and one of the founding fathers. Don’t miss the exterior dome – towering over 100 feet tall and a marvel of architecture – built from all wood and without the use of any nails. 

Only wooden pegs hold the dome together, a detail that Dad will surely appreciate if he’s into woodworking. After seeing the State House, stroll down Main St through the historic district to Annapolis Essentials, where you’ll find excellent options for Father’s Day gifts – get some Annapolis gear or matching Maryland-themed t-shirts to remember your trip together.

US Naval Academy (USNA)

Touring the US Naval Academy (USNA) is one of our city’s most picturesque pastimes, showcasing Annapolis’s naval history as you stroll amongst the stately quads and beautiful architecture across the nearly 180-year-old campus. Dating back to the USNA’s founding, the campus has served an integral role in Annapolis culture, its campus home to over 4,000 midshipmen and shaping the character of our city. Join one of their daily guided tours, which are either 90 minutes if walking or 75 minutes if taken in one of their electric tour cars. There are six tours offered every day on the hour between 9 am and 3 pm. If you’re visiting later in the summer, daily tours ramp up to 11 per day between July 1 and August 31, starting every 30 minutes. The tour covers countless landmarks on the Yard, including the chapel and tomb of John Paul Jones (the “father” of the Navy) and historic buildings framing picturesque quads. You’ll also learn about other aspects of the midshipman experience, including the longstanding emphasis on sports – participating in a sport is required – and extracurriculars like the Naval Academy Band, which have starred in many parades and concerts throughout their illustrious 170-year history. After your tour, shop for souvenirs and gifts in one of the three USNA gift shops on the Yard.

In the evening, walk around State Circle to West St and get some crab cakes, burgers, or fish tacos at Ram’s Head Tavern. Sip on one of their 18 beers on tap while enjoying the live music and savoring one-on-one time with the special Dad in your life.

Sandy Point State Park

By mid-June, warmer days and sunshine are abundant along the Chesapeake Bay, a perfect time of year for outdoor recreation.  Sandy Point State Park, just a 15-minute drive from our location is one of the best beaches in our area. Make a stop en route to get BBQ sides and meat, which you can cook on one of their beachside grills. Enjoy hikes around Mezick Pond and through the Corcoran Nature Preserve, followed by a swim in the shallow, warm waters of the bay. If you love fishing, the rock jetties are excellent spots to toss a line, and it’s easy to get out on the water by renting paddleboards.

Golfing in Annapolis

Dads who golf will love playing a round at the Preserve at Eisenhower, nestled along Broad Creek on scenic greenery just a few miles north of downtown Annapolis. The course has historic roots dating back to 1969, with a unique layout free of sand bunkers. It is ideal for beginner and intermediate golfers – even if he hasn’t played in a while, he can swing freely and confidently play the gently sloping greens. They rent complete sets of Callaway clubs, so you can still play a round even if you don’t have clubs with you, and check their rates for senior specials that’ll save you money if the Dad you’re celebrating is over 60 years old.

If you’re visiting over Father’s Day weekend, get out for a run together at the local Dawson’s Father’s Day 10k, which starts nearby at Severna Park High School. Race registration is only $15, one of the most affordable Father’s Day gifts you can get him. The course is memorable and follows the scenic B & A Trail, a 13-mile former railroad route showcasing Annapolis’s natural beauty.

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A Sunday to Remember – Morning Service, Father’s Day Brunch, and a Scenic Boat Tour

Start Father’s Day morning on a reflective note by attending Sunday service together at one of several downtown churches, all less than a mile from our location – including the historic St. Anne’s Parish (the first church in Annapolis, dating back over three centuries), the inspiring sermons at the First Baptist Church, and the non-denominational proceedings at Downtown Hope.

After the service take advantage of the diverse Annapolis restaurant scene and enjoy a delicious brunch, whether it’s an upscale meal at legendary Harry Browne’s (don’t miss the roasted oysters and famous crab cakes) or a meal right on the waters of Spa Creek at Carrol’s Creek Cafe, in business for over 40 years. Seafood also takes top billing at Carrol’s – think delectable Maryland crab dip, ginger ahi tuna, and herb-crusted rockfish tacos – but if fish isn’t his first choice, they serve plenty of other staples like a black Angus burger, grilled filet mignon, and comfort food like fried chicken or Philly sandwiches.

Another excellent option is the Father’s Day brunch at the Severn Inn, just two miles from downtown Annapolis, across the Naval Academy Bridge on the east side of the Severn River. Get a table on their deck overlooking the water and feast from their buffet offerings ranging from oysters on the half-shell and freshly-carved prime rib to eggs benedict and omelets prepared to order. After enjoying the stunning river views throughout your brunch, wind down your Annapolis weekend in classic fashion by getting out on the water on a Severn River boat tour. You’ll set out on the 90-minute guided boat ride at 4:30 pm – an ideal time after the most intense heat of the day – and get views of the sprawling USNA campus, historic waterfront properties, impressive bridges, and long stretches of natural wetland habitat along the 6-mile outing. Reservations are available, so book now and get your spots squared away. After returning to City Dock, watch the sunset together and have a celebratory cocktail or draft beer on the deck at Latitude 38 – savor the harbor views and raise your glasses to a memorable weekend.

Stay with us, and celebrate in Annapolis!