Our drive-by trolley tours make a great “first
thing to do” in Annapolis. We offer two general-interest
tours--one-hour or or 40
minutes long--and a tour that focuses on homes
for sale in the Historic District.
"WHERE DO YOU GO? WHAT DO YOU SEE?"
The short answer is: We go everywhere and see
Our tours are fun and full of surprises! You will "Discover
Annapolis" from a trolley–a little air conditioned
bus with big windows. We’ll travel down charming
streets laid out over three centuries ago.
On both the 60- and 40-minute tours, our friendly guides
point out all the major points of interest, including
- the City Dock
- the State House
- St. John's College
- handsome colonial mansions
- beautiful Victorian homes
- sailboats along the waterfront
- spectacular water views from bridges
We’ll drive along all sides of the Naval Academy,
we’ll view it from across the harbor and across
the river, and we’ll describe the academic and
athletic programs. You’ll learn a lot about the
Academy without driving onto the Yard. The Academy is
closed to visitors in vehicles, including your personal
car, but visitors
are welcome through the main gate on foot and we’ll
point out their visitor center and talk about the guided
tours and all there is to see and do at the Naval Academy.
There are about 1300 buildings in Annapolis at least
a century old, representing 15 different architectural
styles. This tour focuses on the largest and oldest
of those 1300 buildings, with special attention on the
Georgian style--harmonious and balanced--named for the
Kings George who ruled Britain much of the 18th century.
Annapolis has the highest concentration of Georgian
buildings in America.
Bring your camera for the one stop at the Severn River
Overlook for sweeping views of the Naval Academy and
Maryland’s World War II Memorial.
The trolley is air conditioned in summer and heated
"WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 60-
and 40- MINUTE TOURS?"
The 60-minute tour leaves from the Visitors Center
at 26 West Street, about five blocks from the City Dock.
(If you're driving, the address is 25 Northwest Street
for the parking lot behind the Visitors Center.)
The 40-minute tour leaves from HistoryQuest at 99 Main
Street, at the City Dock (corner of Main and Green Streets).
The tours follow the same basic route, but the 40-minute
tour cuts out two neighborhoods and discussion of early
Maryland history to keep it down to 40 minutes.
Here are our departure
If you require special assistance, such as an ADA accessible
vehicle, please contact
us with the date you plan to visit Annapolis. Thank
Are dogs welcome on the tour? Yes, if they
can fit on your lap (we must keep the aisle clear) and
no other passengers object. (Some folks have allergies
or are afraid of dogs or may find them a distraction.)
Service dogs, of course, are always welcome.
Which is the shadier side of the bus?
The right side, and also the left side seated on the
What's the best seat on the trolley?
The third row back on the right side. (If you like it
cold, the last row is coldest.)
Are children welcome on the tour? Yes! The
acoustics on the trolleys are such that sound really
bounces around, and anything said will be shared by
all. so your help in keeping the little ones quiet will
be appreciated by your fellow passengers.
How long is the parking garage open? 24 hours.
More information here.
Do taxi’s come by here very often?
No, but we can call one for you. Or call them yourself:
410-268-2626. Tell the taxi to come to “the Northwest
Street entrance of the Gotts Court Garage.” (Not
just, “the Visitor Center.”) If someone's
using GPS, the address is 25 Northwest Street.
Where is the nearest gas station?
When you leave Gotts Garage, turn left onto Calvert,
then right onto West Street. There’s an Exxon
one block up on your left.
How do I get to Route 50 from here?
Out of the garage, turn right.
Go to the second traffic light and turn left.
In half a mile you’ll see signs for Route 50.
GROUP TOURS & TRANSPORTATION
If you plan to visit Annapolis with at least 15 people,
click here for
information on group charters. Our vehicles can
also help move
your group around town.