United States Naval Academy

#1 in Best Things To Do in Annapolis
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Key Info

121 Blake Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.8

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors spoke highly of the scenic campus and rich history at the academy.

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 $12 per adult; $11 for seniors and $10 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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