United States Naval Academy#1 in Best Things To Do in Annapolis
The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 attraction in Annapolis. The campus is beautiful and pays homage to the naval branch of the military, even while it raises up the new generation. The "noon meal formation," where the midshipmen march in formation, is a must-see as well, and it's held weather permitting. In the free U.S. Naval Academy Museum, you can take a self-guided tour through the navy's history. But recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of the guided walking tour of the campus — not only will you gain insight into naval history, but you'll also learn about the academy's Beaux-Arts architecture and landscaping.
The Naval Academy is also known for its music department. Throughout the year, multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Naval Academy Band, put on performances that are open to the public. Check the website before your visit to purchase tickets.
One recent visitor raves about the U.S. Naval Academy, saying: "Bancroft Hall is a must see for architecture alone! The fairly new on-campus museum is excellent. Be sure to find the waterfront for [a] photo op of the bay dotted with sailboats."
The academy is located on the Annapolis harbor, and you'll find pedestrian entrances on Randall and Prince George streets. Keep in mind that all visitors 18 years and older will need to show a government-issued identification card; international visitors will need their passports. Guided public tours cost $10.50 per adult; $9.50 for seniors and $8.50 for children. From March through December, the U.S. Naval Academy is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In January and February, the academy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website.
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#2 Historic Annapolis
What visitors usually refer to as "Historic Annapolis" is the abundance of restaurants, galleries and shops that fill the converted row houses on Main Street. You'll find everything from the popular Chick & Ruth's Delly to boutiques like Lilac Bijoux and shops like Annapolis Cigar. On a nice day, this row of shops is a delightful place to meander for a few hours. However, you should also know that the historic area also officially extends to most of the downtown and the harbor, which contain jewels like the Hammond-Harwood House and the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
Recent visitors say it's a nice way to spend a cool fall afternoon, and recommend setting aside about two and a half hours to take a guided walking tour of the area.
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