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About the United States Naval Academy Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center is conveniently located inside USNA Gate 1 at the Annapolis harbor. Pedestrian entrances are on Prince George and Randall Streets. The Visitor Center provides guided walking and riding tours of the Naval Academy grounds. There is a separate US Naval Academy Museum, that you can visit for free, just a few blocks away.
Public Guided Walking Tours
The historical guided walking tour is the most popular tour of the Yard. Professional, certified guides provide commentary on major attractions, including Bancroft Hall (midshipmen dormitory), Memorial Hall, Statue of Tecumseh, Herndon Monument (famous for Herndon Climb), Main Chapel and Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero. You learn about the admissions process and the education and training of midshipmen. Tours depart from the Visitor Center and are approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Tour concludes with directions to the USNA Museum, our best kept secret, and lunch options.
Navy Way Boot Camp: 1st – 5th grades (One hour)
Recruits learn Navy terms and traditions…they march, chant and follow orders. Minimum 16 students to schedule.
Field Trips: 4th – 12th grades (One hour)
Students learn about Naval Academy history. Grades 8 – 12 are given information on admission procedures and Midshipmen life. Minimum 16 students to schedule.
Anyone 18 years of age or older must present a valid, unexpired original REAL ID Act compliant government photo ID card (e.g. state issued driver’s license or identification card); or an original, unexpired passport to enter USNA grounds. Visitors from states and territories that are not REAL ID Act compliant must present additional acceptable identification such as a SSN card, unexpired passport (book or card), birth certificate, voter registration card. Visitors who are NOT US citizens MUST present an original unexpired passport for entry.
Before your visit, please check the following Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website for the current list of compliant and non-compliant states and territories: www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories.
Only vehicles with USNA IDs, DoD credentials, or handicapped tags may enter Naval Academy grounds.
Picnicking is not allowed on the grounds of the Academy, but visitors may eat in the Drydock Restaurant in Dahlgren Hall or at the Naval Academy Club.
Noon formation is one of the great daily attractions on the Yard. It is held, weather and schedule permitting, Monday through Friday during the academic year (except for the winter months, mid-November through mid-March) and Monday through Saturday during Plebe Summer in Tecumseh Court in front of Bancroft Hall.