Your Day on the Bay will begin around 9:30 a.m. at the Annapolis City Docks, where you'll check in before boarding a U.S. Coast Guard–certified vessel for a two-hour bay cruise (complete with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and donut) to historic St. Michaels. Once you arrive on the shores of the small village, you'll disembark and spend three hours roaming the streets freely, binging on freshly caught seafare, stocking up on quaint giftables, and taking in the town's historic sights. You can also take advantage of complimentary admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. At around 3:30 p.m., you'll head back to the boat and spend the next two hours cruising back to Annapolis.
Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
While waiting for a group of tour participants aboard his kayak on Cape Island Creek, Bob Lubberman made a new acquaintance when a 4-foot great blue heron landed on the nose of his boat. It's not an entirely new experience for the owner of Miss Chris Kayak Rentals and Tours, as opportunities to commune with nature came often as he crabbed and fished as a child from his grandmother's dock. Now he's able to connect visitors to this ecosystem as they independently paddle rented sit-on-top kayaks or as they participate in guided kayak or boat tours.
Paddlers on kayak tours often catch close-ups of ospreys, terns, and other birds, and see diamondback terrapin turtles sunning themselves on the shore or trying to hold their own ice-cream cones. Day and sunset tours let guests explore the wildlife-rich salt marshes, and night tours led during high tide let them paddle over grassy terrain to otherwise inaccessible areas. Guests explore similar territory on tours aboard the Osprey as they watch migrating shore birds or look out on the harbor's historic buildings. Kayak tour guides include an associate naturalist and a Cape May Bird Observatory field associate, and land-based staffers maintain a touch tank on the Miss Chris mooring dock, which they temporarily fill with conches, eels, and other sea life pulled up using open-sided conservation traps.
With 15 locations and an inventory of more than 3,000 cars, NextCar gets its customers back on the road with speed and ease. They carry cars, trucks, and SUVs from brands such as Acura, Range Rover, and Chevrolet, with models that range from compacts and two-doors to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and hybrids.
For more than 50 years, Edison ParkFast has sheltered drivers from the cutthroat world of street parking while striving to supply hassle-free parking spots and plentiful amenities. A month of parking in one of its three garages allows quick access to the Inner Harbor, whether drivers need a cushy launch pad for the workday or a convenient spot for a night on the town. Customers who call or text ahead will find staff glad to prepare vehicles for departure, an indispensable service for beating rush-hour traffic or making quick getaways after jewel heists. Edison ParkFast's cozy facilities also house bikes, scooters, and motorcycles, and its on-site charging stations restock electric cars and robot backseat drivers with power.
Since 1978, Brett Aviation's FAA-certified flight instructors have imparted wisdom to fledgling aviators through programs ranging from discovery flights to full pilot certifications. Their trusty aircraft run skyward laps from its nest at Martin State Airport, allowing students to get a feel for flight controls and build the confidence that comes from hours spent aloft. Planes also take off on sightseeing flights, giving passengers aerial glimpses of such destinations as downtown Baltimore, Annapolis, and Ocean City at 120 miles per hour, just fast enough to outrun the tall ships that frequently drag-race down Chesapeake Bay.