2/C Parents' Weekend

General Information

The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center
& Naval Academy Gift Shop


Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Daily tours are given at the Visitor Center.

Fall Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Phone numbers:

  • Guided Tours: 410-293-TOUR (8687)
  • Gift Shop: 410-293-4438 or 1-800-778-4260

Web site: The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

Midshipmen and their parents receive a 10% discount at the Gift Shop. All sales are tax exempt and shipping services are available.

Naval Academy Museum

Phone: 410-293-2108

Website: http://www.usna.edu/Museum/


Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The USNA Museum, in Preble Hall, is located just inside the Maryland Avenue gate. There are two main exhibition galleries featuring art, artifacts, and models that depict the history of the US Navy and Naval Academy and ship models from the age of sail.

The Museum maintains storage spaces for the reserve study collection, and a well-equipped shop for building and repairing ship models.

Museum Store Hours:

Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The USNA Museum Gift Shop is located on the lower level, offering an extensive selection of naval history books, prints, gifts and souvenirs.

The Midshipmen Store

Phone: 410-293-2392

2/C Parents Weekend Hours

Friday October 10 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday October 11 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday October 12 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Authorized patrons only. Parents/guardians and midshipmen families are authorized but must present shopping cards.

Dahlgren Hall's Drydock Restaurant

 The Drydock Restaurant, located in Dahlgren Hall, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer fresh deli sandwiches, made to order grill selections, pizza, and assorted snacks. In addition to the restaurant, there will be overflow seating outside on the landward side of Dahlgren Hall. Weather permitting; they will be serving pre-made sandwiches, snacks and drinks. All proceeds from the Drydock Restaurant and Naval Academy Club concessions benefit the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Phone: 410-293-2873

Website: http://www.usnabsd.com/naval-academy-dining/drydock/


Thursday October 9 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday October 10 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday  October 11  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday October 12 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Officers' and Faculty Club

The Officers' and Faculty Club is open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. and 5:30- 9:00 p.m. A Sunday brunch is offered at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by phone.

Phone: 410-293-2611

Website: http://www.usnabsd.com/naval-academy-dining/naval-academy-club/


Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- and -
5:30 – 9:p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Other Dining 

Many commercial restaurants are available in the Annapolis area.  In addition to those in the downtown Annapolis area near the Academy, many are located in Restaurant Park by Annapolis Mall just off Route 50, northwest of, and about five miles from, the Academy.  A listing of restaurants is available in the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Official Visitors Guide.


The weather during Parents’ Weekend is often unpredictable.  Temperatures in Annapolis at this time of year range from 50 to 75 degrees.  Clothing for rain or clear skies is recommended; comfortable shoes are a must.  Dress for all Parents’ Weekend events and activities is casual.

Medical Facilities

Navy medical personnel will be available throughout the Yard during the weekend, but regulations prohibit U.S. Navy facilities from dispensing even the most routine medications or medical services to civilians, except in emergencies.  Anne Arundel Medical Center is located on Jennifer Road near the Annapolis Mall, a short ride from the Academy.  It has a complete emergency room and highly competent staff.  If anyone in your party has special physical or medical problems, please consider your situation carefully. Not all Academy facilities are configured for use by persons with disabilities.

Midshipmen Financial Advisor

Available to discuss Midshipmen pay and tax filing. The Financial Advisor's Office provides the Annual Midshipman Budget Book as a guide for managing Midshipmen finances. The 2013-2014 Budget Book can be downloaded as a PDF.

Tourist Information

Guide books and maps are available at the Visitors Information Booth at City Dock, located within easy walking distance of the Academy, and at the Visitors Center, 26 West Street, (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Guided walking tours of the Yard begin at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center (Mon-Thu: 10:00am-3:00 pm, Fri 10:00am- 3:00pm, Sat: 9:30am- 3:00pm and Sun: 12:00-3:00 pm). Tours cost $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (62 and older), and $8.50 for school age children (1-12). For more information, please go to www.navyonline.com or call 410-293-8687. Further information on visiting Annapolis may be obtained by going online to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor’s Bureau homepage at http://www.visitannapolis.org.

Traveling to Annapolis

From North of Annapolis and/or Baltimore: Take Interstate 95 South, exit on Interstate 695 East in Baltimore, then take the Interstate 97 South exit. Follow Interstate 97 until it merges onto Route 50 East, then continue with the directions in the last paragraph below.

From South of Annapolis and/or Washington, D.C.: Take Interstate 95 North (merges with Interstate 495 around DC) and exit onto Route 50 East. Continue with the following directions:

Once on Route 50 East, get off at Exit 24, Rowe Boulevard, toward the Historic Area. Legislative construction prevents a straight route to the Academy. Turn left at the second traffic light, Taylor Avenue, just past the stadium. Taylor curves to the right after the convenience store. Stay straight through first light, make first right turn into Gate #8.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is convenient to Annapolis and serves most major airlines. A shuttle runs regularly between the Academy and BWI, 24 hours a day. Approximate cost is $30 per person. The Super Shuttle desk is located between baggage claims 6 and 7 and is open from 6am until 1am. Call 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826) to arrange transportation.

DC's Reagan National Airport and Virginia's Dulles Airport are more than an hour drive from Annapolis. Rental cars, taxicabs and limousine services are available at all three airports.

AMTRAK serves Baltimore, 30 miles away; New Carrolton, 17 miles away; BWI, 17 miles away; and Washington, D.C., 33 miles away, but does not reach Annapolis. The Orange Line of the DC METRO (subway) ends at New Carrolton. Taxi service is available from all rail terminals.  Greyhound and Trailways have terminals in Washington and Baltimore; Greyhound has direct service to Annapolis. Local buses run regularly throughout Annapolis; the Trolley shuttles between the Historic Area and the Annapolis Mall.

Additional information regarding travel to Annapolis may be found at: http://www.hometownannapolis.com/transportation.html.


There will be no Registration required for the weekend. 

Access to the Yard and Parking

USNA visitors are strongly urged to utilize the free shuttle from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial stadium to USNA on Friday. Shuttles will not run Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday. The cost to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial stadium is $10 per day. Parking is available in the Blue Side Parking Lot (enter through Gate 5 off Taylor Ave). Shuttle bus pick up is located at the bus shelter adjacent to F/A-18 Blue Angel on the South Side. The shuttle bus operates on a 30 minute interval.

Vehicles entering the Academy should use Gate #1 or Gate #8 and must have a military I.D. or CAC cards to gain access to the yard. All guests over 16 years of age will be required to have a photo identification card for access to the Yard. Further information regarding visiting the Naval Academy and security measures may be obtained by going to the following site

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