Anne Arundel County is a county in the U.S. state of Maryland. Its county seat is Annapolis, which is also the capital of the state. Most of the County’s borders are defined by water. To the east lies the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and numerous tidal tributaries of the Bay indent the shoreline, the various rivers, creeks, streams, inlets forming prominent peninsulas, also known as “necks” (as further south in Virginia).


The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains “a comprehensive system of recreational programs for county residents and the preservation of valuable land,” including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, community parks, green ways, archaeological, environmental, and historical preserves, and large regional facilities. Some of the major facilities include the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, Downs Park, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park. Anne Arundel County is home to the two largest shopping malls in the State of Maryland: Westfield Annapolis Mall and Arundel Mills in Hanover in addition to Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie. Adjacent to Arundel Mills is the Maryland Live! casino. Sandy Point State Park is located at the end of the Broadneck peninsula near the west end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It features a beach and marina and hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year.


Children are educated by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Postsecondary education is offered by Anne Arundel Community College at several locations throughout the county.