You and your family are encouraged to take a guided walking tour of the Academy with professional, certified Naval Academy guides through the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center. Proceeds from the sale of Visitor Center tours and tax-free merchandise at the Naval Academy Gift Shop benefit the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Visitor Center Hours
9:00am-5:00pm - March through December | 9:00am-4:00pm - January and February
Access to the Academy Grounds is Limited
Anyone with a locally prepared USNA ID Card or a DOD credential, including military retirees and dependents may drive onto USNA. All others will need to park outside the Academy and walk in through Gate 1. All visitors 21 years of age or older must have a valid picture ID (see the list of Acceptable Forms of ID). Visitors under the age of 21 who do not have a valid picture ID must be escorted by an adult with a valid form of identification. Please check the current security restrictions before planning a visit.
Please note that as a result of the REAL ID Act, some state/territory IDs are not sufficient for access to the Academy. Please check the Current Status of States/Territories to see if your state or territory's ID is compliant with the REAL ID Act. Drivers' licenses and state IDs from states that aren't compliant must be accompanied by an acceptable second form of ID (SSN Card, Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate, U.S. Citizen ID Card, etc.). Please refer to the list of acceptable forms of ID.
The following items are prohibited from being brought aboard the USNA gates:
- Bags larger than a typical purse (e.g. duffle bags, backpacks, large camera bags)
- Anything considered a threat by a screener
For visitors without a locally prepared USNA ID Card or a DOD credential, all day parking is available in various parking garages, at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (directions), or at two-hour parking meters around the City Dock. See this summary of parking options in downtown Annapolis for additional parking locations.
Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is considered the "Sailing Capital of the World." Located 33 miles east of Washington, DC and 30 miles southeast of Baltimore, Annapolis has much to offer. Click on the links below for more information about Annapolis.
Commissioning Week honors the First Class midshipmen upon completion of four years at the Naval Academy. Parents, family members and guests are invited to attend a series of events at the Naval Academy in honor of the graduates including the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration, Color Parade, special awards ceremonies, and musical performances.
Plebe Parents' Weekend
Plebe Parents' Weekend is designed to offer parents, family members, and guests an opportunity to visit with their Midshipman and experience a taste of the traditions, academics, and atmosphere unique to the Naval Academy prior to the start of the Fall Term.