Naval Academy Tours

Public Guided Walking Tours

The historical guided walking tour is the most popular tour of the Yard.  Professional, certified guides provide commentary on major attractions, including Bancroft Hall (midshipmen dormitory), Memorial Hall, Statue of Tecumseh, Herndon Monument (famous for Herndon Climb), Main Chapel and Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero.  You learn about the admissions process and the education and training of midshipmen.  Tours depart from the Visitor Center and are approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Tour concludes with directions to the USNA Museum, our best kept secret, and lunch options.

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

Video provided by Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.

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


Narrated tour may be booked seven days a week and is one hour and a quarter of viewing from a five passenger electric vehicle. Ideal for visitors with mobility issues who may not be able to complete the one mile long walking tour.

Tour begins and ends at the Visitor Center and includes: Bancroft Hall, Main Chapel, parade ground, sports complexes, Jewish Chapel, monuments and memorials along the Severn River seawall, foremast of the USS MAINE, the Air Park and cemetery with 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 maximum in each of two vehicles.

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 13 – Superintendent’s Combo
  • July 20 – Woodwind Trio
  • August 10 – Brass Quintet
  • August 17 – Clarinet 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