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“Fun Way to Learn American History”

Ranked #19 of 32 Tours in Annapolis
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Owner description: This is a self-guided tour of the city.
Reviewed 23 September 2012

I took the walking tour with "Squire Don" on a beautiful September morning and really enjoyed myself while learning so much about Annapolis and American history. It was fun to walk along the old streets where our famous forefathers had been and learn about the historic buildings and events. "Squire Don" seemed to know everything and presented information in a pleasant way which made it interesting to learn so much. Even though I had taken the tour of the USNA the previous day with another guide, I learned some more interesting facts, saw different things, and had fun walking along the beautiful campus and seeing the noon presentation again with the midshipmen in different uniformsms. It was a glorious and informational morning on the guided tour on a picture-perfect day.

1  Thank Dreaming176
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

This tour was lovely! It covered much of Annapolis and we learned a lot. Annapolis is such a wonderful place - We've visited in the spring, summer and fall (...it's a bit chilly in the winter with the wind coming off the water) But the shops and sights are terrific and the people were all very friendly. We enjoyed our tour and would recomend it to others!

3  Thank Mar N
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Everything you want to know about the history and development of the town and some of it's inhabitants

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

lots of walking. old buildings. expensive restaurants, good trolley tour

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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The historic walking tour of Annapolis was a gift, so I do not know the cost. However, if you have the time and opportunity, you should definitely jump right in. Initially, it was just about 8 of us family members. Three other would-be walkers paid, but had to find a parking spot, which, if you have ever been in Annapolis on a Saturday, is a real challenge. Our guide ask if we would mind waiting until they returned from parking to begin the tour - before he gave the newcomers their tickets - which was quite thoughtful. We consented. Soon enough, another group of 4 purchased tickets, and they too were consulted and consented to wait for the "parkers". So, we waited...and waited...and waited. And waited - for about 50 minutes.

But the wait was fun. We were smack in the middle of Annapolis harbor with a zillion eateries and shops to explore! All the better.

Eventually, we began the tour and...oh wait...let me tell about the tour guide first. This guy "Squire Alan" was a historic riot. He wore traditional clothing of a sailor in the year 1774 or so. It was not a costume, (just ask Squire Alan!). While waiting we learned old sailor jokes, songs, and we even sang the chorus! The man could not be stumped by our group on any question. Such as, the origins of "going to the head", "starboard", "port", you name it, he had the answer.

The tour began with a one block walk to the U.S. Naval Academy. Wow. What a place. We toured the chapel, which holds 2,000+, saw the sarcophagus of John Paul Jones, and spent not enough time in the largest ship model museum in the world. Sounds boring right? Not. And I am not into models at all. A fantastic place. The models were 200 to 300 years old! I would have liked to see the entire museum, but the ship models were indescribably wonderful to behold.

From the Academy we toured Annapolis proper and visited several prominent homes of the period. We walked the streets to the Maryland Statehouse - fun and informative - and then toured the statehouse. The best part? Seeing the exact room and spot where George Washington resigned his commission.

How did Maryland get it's name? How many steps up the to the Statehouse? How many lights in the Academy Cathedral dome? Who is actually buried in John Paul Jones sarcophagus? How many dorms do the cadets live in? What is the largest granite building in the world? Is that really a flagpole on the dome of the Maryland Statehouse or is it a...? And who put it there? How tall is it?

Take the tour and find out!

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