About Severna Park
It's originally thought that the name "Severna Park" arose from a contest held in 1906 while the current day community was being established. Severna Park was first named "Boone" as it was a stop along the Baltimore & Annapolis railroad. Many years later (in 1990 to be exact), this stretch of railroad was converted into the B&A Trail. Severna Park also used to be a retreat for this wealthy residents living in Baltimore. Severna Park lies roughly 8 miles north of Annapolis, 17 miles south of Baltimore and 39 miles east of Washington DC. It's ideal proximity to major urban centers has made this area a sought after place to live, work and play.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a huge attraction to the area and takes you on an adventure through a 15th-century English village filled with entertainment and craft vendors. The village (Revel Grove), includes jousting shows, archery and acrobatic demonstrations. Timing for the festival normally happens on weekends beginning in late August to late October. Location for the festival is about 10 miles west of Severna Park at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. The County Fair, which goes back to 1952, occurs in September and usuually last anywhere from 5-7 days. Other events include flea markets, craft festivals and a demolition derby.
The U.S. Naval Academy Museum shares incredible information regarding the USNA - it's origins, history and modern day events. You can find the museum in Preble Hall which is inside the Academy itself. Preble Hall also has a wonderful collection of over 75 model ships from the 15th and 16th centuries. Historical artifacts include Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flag from the Battle of Lake Erie fought during the War of 1812. If you're an electronics enthusiast, then you'll also enjoy the the National Electronics Museum, which celebrates different technologies that have protected our country. These technologies include radar and SONAR devices used underwater. The museum is about 15 miles northwest of Severna Park.
The Pasadena Theatre Company performs Broadway shows throughout the county. Venues close to Severna Park include: Anne Arundel Community College, the Chesapeake Arts Center and the Kerr Center for the Arts. Annapolis is also home to several different theater companies, including the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra who play at the Maryland Hall.
If you're looking for a close by beach, the this is it. Park goers can swim in the Chesapeake Bay’s northwestern shore with breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The park also offers 22 boat ramps and offers additional activities such as crabbing, fishing and other water-related activities. The park is 786 acres and you can also find hiking trails and serene natural environments for great photo taking opportunities.