Annapolis Maryland, a Beautiful Place to Live

By: Branden Schroeder

Annapolis, a city of about 36,408 citizens at last count, is in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It's humid, subtropical climate makes it attractive to summer visitors, and relatively mild in the winter. This is a relaxed city, with a glorious natural environment and lots to do.

Annapolis centers around its waterfront. The large city dock was developed in the 17th century, as a port for the tobacco trade. Today, it is not only a working port, but home to the Annapolis Power and Sail Boat Show, the nation's largest in-water recreational water-craft show. Boaters flock to the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay area, where numerous boat basins offer them safe harbor. Visitors can hire a sail-boat tour or a fishing charter and enjoy the day on the sun-soaked water. There are also numerous boating schools for aspiring sailors and power-boaters. There is even a boating school just for women of all ages.

An historic city, Annapolis retains a lot of architecture dating from the 18th century, perhaps even more than nay other city in the US. The city's Historic Annapolis Foundation works hard to preserve Annapolis's historic flair. They have saved and contributed to the restoration of over 400 buildings. Along with many other special interest and educational programs, they conduct tours of notable sites in the city, complete with historically-dressed guides.

There is so much to do in Annapolis. The quaint historic districts feature fine shopping, numerous five star restaurants and two theaters, Colonial Players and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. While Colonial Players puts on shows all year long in their small theater on East St., the Summer Garden Theatre performs on an outdoor stage by the dock in the warmer months of the year only. These performances are free and open to the public.

The entire Maryland area contains affluent, highly educated communities. Rumor has it that Maryland suburbs are home to more graduate degree holders than is average in the nation. Something that makes it extra special is that the state's educated helps to take care of its poor. Annapolis is home to the largest concentration of public housing developments per square foot than any other city in the state. There are public education programs specifically designed to help students from the projects.

Annapolis is a unique and wonderful city to live in. Residents here know it is special, and visitors discover this every year.

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