Things to Know About the U.S. Naval Academy

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United States Naval Academy (USNA) is in Annapolis, Maryland, where the Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay, approximately 33 miles east of Washington. USNA is the 2nd oldest of five federal service academies.

Opening Times

USNA is open to the public for visitors to see where future officers are educated and trained. Any visitors aged 18 or older must show a valid, original U.S. government issued photo ID or original passport to enter USNA grounds.

All public guided walking tours are available daily and depart from the Visitor Centre which is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel.

  • March to June and September to November

Monday to Saturday,10am -3pm

Sundays 12pm – 3pm

  • July to August

Monday to Saturday 9:30 – 3pm

Sundays 12pm – 3pm

  • December to February

Monday to Saturday 10am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Sundays 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Tour fees are $11 for adults and $9 for children (1st to 12th grades). Family rate is $36. Children less than 1st grade can enter for free. A visit to the USNA is an exciting and interesting day out for all the family, and if you are visiting, then there are hotels near Annapolis Naval Academy to limit transport costs and make life easier with children in tow.

What to See

The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Centre is the first stop on a visit to the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Upon entry, visitors are welcomed by a 13-minute film, The Call to Serve, and then encouraged to take a guided walking tour with a professional, certified guide.

There is a new exhibit at the Visitor Centre that captures the mission of the USNA. The exhibit features several interactive screens. There is one to show visitors what sites to see and where they are located on the Yard; another showing outstanding graduates, video screens featuring midshipmen and recent graduates discussing admission, academics, midshipmen life and career options; and an interactive screen hosting the USNA Alumni Association directory and look-up.

Located on the USNA grounds is the USNA Museum. The museums artefacts are displayed over two floors. The first floor is devoted to the ‘Leadership and Service: The History of the United States Navy and the Naval Academy’ exhibit. On the 2nd floor is the famous Rogers Collection of antique ship models.

Other sites to see on the Yard include the Main Chapel, the Crypt of John Paul Jones, Tecumseh Court and Bancroft Hall.


The legendary Drydock restaurant is open to the public and is in Dahlgreen Hall. It offers a delicious menu of made to order deli-style sandwiches and grilled items. Drydock pizza is the best in town.

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is open to the public, with a valid photo ID or passport. In the gift shop, you will find a fantastic selection of USNA, U.S. Navy and USMC merchandise, hats and souvenirs. The advantages of shopping at the gift shop are: tax free shopping; the availability of FedEx shipping; military discounts; and USNA membership discounts.