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U.S State Capitals on the Sea

There are six U.S state capitals whose city limits border the ocean. Can you name them all?
This includes the ocean, marginal seas, bays, gulfs, inlets, etc...
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Atlantic
Annapolis
Boston
Providence
Pacific
Honolulu
Juneau
Olympia
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Level 92
Jan 24, 2017
I'd argue for Dover to be touching the ocean. Houses along the coast of Delaware bay there have Dover addresses.
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Level 89
Oct 7, 2018
But Dover itself hasn't seen the ocean since before recorded history.
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Level 85
Dec 21, 2019
Dover city limits do not extend to the water.
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Level 75
Dec 15, 2022
Zip codes often don't follow municipal boundaries.
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Level 50
Jun 28, 2023
You can try taking that to Kent County's administration but I doubt they'll take you seriously. City limits are city limits.
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Level 76
Jan 25, 2017
I'd also add that Annapolis is far from being on the Atlantic Ocean, unless you consider the Chesapeake Bay to be the ocean, which I don't.
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2017
You may not recognize it, but looking at this page, it seems that Annapolis does touch the sea
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2017
Well any non-inland body of water is considered part of an ocean.
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Level 71
May 26, 2017
Annapolis is a small port and home of the US Naval Academy. If the quiz is going to include Olympia, Annapolis is far easier to navigate to by boat from the closest ocean.
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Level 56
Dec 14, 2022
You don't think the home of the Naval Academy is on the ocean? Well, good luck with that.
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Level 43
Aug 30, 2023
those of us that live in Maryland do not consider the Chesapeake Bay to be the Atlantic ocean...it takes about half a day to sail from Annapolis to the mouth of the Chesapeake...
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Level 77
Jan 25, 2017
oh...my...God...for the life of me I couldn't figure out why Seattle wasn't working. I actually facepalmed. Not figuratively...literally.
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Level 59
May 26, 2017
Hope the bruise has gone down now! ;-)
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Level 82
May 26, 2017
>_< Forgot about Hawaii and Alaska. Duh.
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Level 71
May 26, 2017
Same
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Level 66
May 26, 2017
Whoops. Missed Honolulu.
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Level 71
May 26, 2017
Olympia and Annapolis are pretty big stretches. I doubt anyone that just took a dip in the Chesapeake or the Puget Sound says they swam in the ocean that day.
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Level 53
May 27, 2017
Nobody says that, but since there isn't any land that fully divides the two, I guess people look at the map and say that it is
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Level 66
May 31, 2017
Sounds and bays are considered to be extensions of oceans by definition, no matter how far they stretch into land. Thus, if any state capital were on the Gulf of Mexico, it would be on an ocean (i.e., the Atlantic).
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Level 69
Jan 31, 2020
What about Providence, which connects to a river, which connects to a bay?i don’t understand that one at all.
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Level 81
Dec 17, 2022
Its called the Providence River but its more like a harbor, really its just more of the Narragansett Bay.
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Level 58
Jun 27, 2018
i would
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Level 89
Oct 7, 2018
I certainly would and I've been all over the ocean. The Chesapeake's at sea level full of ocean creatures. It's not a river, you can't see across it in places, it has dangerous storms. It's no different than Long Island Sound.
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Level 62
Sep 7, 2019
The ocean is an hour drive from Olympia 🙄
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Level 75
Dec 22, 2022
I lived in Olympia. We absolutely say that we swam in the ocean.
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Level 39
May 26, 2017
why is providence on here?!?!?!?!
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Level 89
May 26, 2017
Because it touches a river that leads directly into the ocean.
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Level 93
May 27, 2017
I think it needs to be a body of water a little more prominent than a river; otherwise, there are a host of other capitals that should count if the criterion is just being on a river than leads into the ocean - Augusta, Hartford, Albany, Richmond, Baton Rouge, St Paul (as someone above pointed out), maybe more. I thin it's Narragansett Bay that counts in the case of Providence.
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Level 66
May 31, 2017
The Providence River is not a river in the usual sense, as it is a tidal river formed by the confluence of two rivers. This In that sense, the Providence River is more an extension of Narragansett Bay (and thus of the Atlantic Ocean) than it is a conventional river (cf. Albany on the Hudson River). Admittedly, in the end, Providence's oceanic bordering is the most questionable on the list, not Annapolis' or Olympia's.
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Level 89
Oct 7, 2018
Providence is in very plain sight in Narragansett Bay. The rivers to Providence and Fall River aren't great fresh water rivers, they're more broad inlets from the ocean at the end of very short, minor rivers. Augusta and Hartford are way up proper, heavy flowing rivers that have almost zero brackishness. Augusta gets a minor tide as the lower reaches of the Kennebec River get backed up by the Gulf of Maine's immense tidal surge.
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Level 71
Apr 6, 2021
Alrighty, I'm not from the USA, however, based on this argument for Providence, can someone explain why New York City is not on here, just out of curiousity?
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Level 60
Jul 28, 2022
New York City is not the capital of New York State. Albany is the capital of New York State. Hope that answers your question!
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Level 21
Nov 15, 2020
annapolis boston providence juneau honolulu olympia
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2022
Cheatin'.
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Level 75
Dec 22, 2022
Here's a fun fact: Washington's capitol building is the only one that is on a waterfront. There's a great picture you can take of the dome reflecting in Capitol Lake, which used to be an inlet of the Sound until it was diked.