Night Paddling - Annapolis

Spring is here and nicer weather means the Annapolis waterfront will be bustling with activity. Whether you are into sailing, fishing, taking a boat tour or something more adventurous like kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, Annapolis has all of your favorite waterfront activities. And the best part is, when you stay at Loews Annapolis, you’re only steps away from all the Chesapeake Bay has to offer.

Pirate Adventure - Annapolis

Photo courtesy of Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake. 

Ahoy, Mateys!

Join the cast of characters on the pirate ship “Sea Gypsy” for a family-friendly cruise with Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake. Pirate Adventures, named one of the 100 Best Places to Take the Kids in Maryland by The Baltimore Sun, will take you on a real-life adventure to search for sunken treasure.

Kids will enjoy face painting, pirate dress up, and — the best part — a wet and wild water cannon battle to defend the ship from the evil Pirate Pete. Families will love the enthusiastic and interactive crew, who take time to teach the kids the rules of the sea and how to read a treasure map. No two cruises are ever the same, but one thing is certain, you will always create treasured memories! The “Sea Gypsy” sets sail daily from Third Street, weather permitting.

SUP Paddling - Annapolis

Photo courtesy of Capital SUP.

What’s SUP?

Wanting to get a little (or a lot) of exercise? Learn how to stand-up paddle board from the experts at Capital SUP, located at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre! They offer 60-minute lessons for beginners, which thankfully start on land with an equipment overview, board handling, and entry/exit instruction. Once the landlubbers have mastered the preliminaries, the water portion of the lesson includes paddle and stroke techniques, stance and form, water safety, and an intro to turning.

Paddle boarders with a bit more experience will definitely want to take part in LED night paddling led by a tour guide. State-of-the-art LED light systems attach to the bottom of the boards and the guide’s board is equipped with a portable waterproof sound system to provide music. Tours run through the waterways of Annapolis with a can’t-miss paddle down Ego Alley! Night paddling is held on Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting.

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse - Annapolis

Photo courtesy of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

See the Light

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. While you’ve seen it from the shore and maybe by boat, you may not know that you can tour the interior of the lighthouse, named a National Historic Landmark in 1999. Those interested in a tour can climb aboard the vessel “Sharps Island,” located behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum to make their way to the lighthouse.

Docents will detail the history of the lighthouse, the life of a keeper in the early days, the role of the U.S. Coast Guard, and how the U.S. Lighthouse Society is restoring and preserving the lighthouse. Built in 1875, the Thomas Point Lighthouse is the only screw-pile lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay still in its original location. It is only one of nine lighthouses in the country that has been named a National Historic Landmark, and it will always be a Bay icon.