Naval Academy Tours

Public Guided Walking Tours

The guided walking tour is the most popular public tour of the Yard.  Professional, certified guides talk about midshipmen life and provide commentary on the major attractions in the Yard, including Bancroft Hall (student dormitory), Memorial Hall, Statue of Tecumseh, Herndon Monument (famous for Herndon Climb), Main Chapel and Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero.  Tours depart from the Visitor Center and are approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Tour Times:

March-June, September-November
Weekdays:  10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

July – August
Monday-Saturday:  9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Sunday:  12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Monday-Saturday:  10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Guided walking video tour with CAPT Chip Seymour, USN (Ret.).

Video provided by Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.

Public Riding Tours – A ‘GEM’ of a Tour!

Monday – Saturday, April 22 – October 28, 2017 at 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm

A narrated riding tour, which begins and ends at the Visitor Center, is one hour and 15 minutes of viewing from a five passenger open air electric vehicle. This tour is ideal for those with mobility issues who may not be able to complete the one mile long walking tour. There is only one stop, mid-way, to stretch before resuming the tour of the Yard.

Tour includes drive-bys of Bancroft Hall (student dormitory), home of the Superintendent, Main Chapel, USNA Museum, parade ground, sports complexes, Jewish Chapel, and monuments and memorials along the Severn River seawall, including the foremast of the USS MAINE. A major attraction on tour is the cemetery, featuring the Jeannette Monument (1891), dedicated to the crew who died while exploring Arctic ice.

COST: $30.00 per person includes water bottle and postcard book
Two passenger minimum; five passenger maximum. Call 410-293-8112 to book.
Reservation and full payment must be made two business days in advance. Cancellation for refund must be made two business days in advance.

Zimmerman Legacy Tour & Free Zimmerman Bandstand Concerts

Free one-half hour concerts at Charles A. Zimmerman Bandstand on Fridays at 12:30pm

  • July 14 – Superintendent’s Combo
  • July 21 – Clarinet Quartet
  • July 28 – Woodwind Quintet
  • August 18 – Brass Quartet

A special guided walking tour, featuring information on the USNA Band and the association of Charles Zimmerman with the U.S. Naval Academy, will depart from the Visitor Center at 11:00am and end at the Zimmerman Bandstand at 12:30pm on these dates. Fee for this one hour 30 minutes tour is $13.00; call 410-293-8123 to make a reservation and payment.

The United States Naval Academy Band, “The Navy’s Oldest and Finest,” has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this premier military band offers world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary.

Charles A. Zimmerman was the USNA Band Master from 1887-1916. He is best known for composing “Anchors Aweigh.”


Main Chapel

Crypt of John Paul Jones

Public Walking Tour in Tecumseh Court

The Wright Flyer in Dahlgren Hall