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Top 6 Things for Graduates’ Families to Do in Annapolis

Posted on: May 15, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

Coming to Annapolis for Commissioning Week? There’s a lot going on both on and off the Yard.

1. The Naval Academy Visitors Center houses multiple displays as well as information about the historic campus:

  • John Paul Jones Exhibit: Learn about America's first naval hero and life aboard ship in the 18th century in this exhibit. Handouts include a John Paul Jones timeline and a kid's activity sheet.
  • Historic Navy Flags: This exhibit of American naval flags flown from the American Revolution to present day will hang in the lobby of the Visitor Center through July. Handouts include an exhibit catalog, a list of flag holidays, a flyer on flag facts and information on where to purchase flags.

2. The Naval Academy Museum, located in Preble Hall, is a must for anyone interested in naval history. The museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of seapower, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America's sailors and Marines.

3. Speaking of history, take a walking tour of Annapolis to commemorate the War of 1812. This self guided tour will acquaint you with many of locations throughout Annapolis and the Naval Academy. Learn how the War of 1812 impacted our country and the development of the U.S. Navy.

4. Also not to be missed is the new exhibit “Sea, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812” located in Mahan Hall. The exhibit brings together artifacts from the Naval Academy Museum and the collection of Mr. William I. Koch and is only available for a limited time.

5. The bustling Annapolis Harbor lies right outside USNA’s Gate 1. With great shopping, restaurants and boat tours, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget to cool off with some ice cream!

6. Stop in at the Annapolis Visitors Center at 26 West Street for even more ideas on how to enjoy this great historic city!


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