Tips for Visitors

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Welcome Aboard the Yard

  • Visitors to the Naval Academy must enter through the Visitor Access Center at Gate 1, Randall St. and Prince George St.  Pedestrian entrances to Gate 1 can be found on Randall Street (between Prince George and King George Streets) and on Prince George Street at Craig Street.  Both entrances are just a block or so from the Annapolis City Dock.
  • Everyone 18 and older must have a government-issued photo ID.
  • Photo copies of ID (passports, ID Cards, etc.) cannot be accepted.  If you are not a US citizen, please bring your passport.
  • Only vehicles with USNA IDs, DoD credentials, or handicapped tags may enter Naval Academy grounds.  Vehicles with a handicapped placard must obtain a pass from the Pass and ID desk in the Visitor Access Center.  The small parking lot at Gate 1 may be used for this purpose.
  • Street parking in downtown Annapolis is two hours only. Park in the Noah Hillman Garage, 150 Gorman Street, a short walk to Gate 1 of the Naval Academy.
  • The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center  may be accessed by turning right after exiting the Visitor Access Center.  Follow the signs.
  • Photography for private use, in public areas, is permitted.  Personnel taking photos or filming for media purposes must first gain permission from the Naval Academy’s Public Affairs Office.  Those desiring to take photographs or film for commercial use must first be properly credentialed and be under contract with NABSD.
  • Picnicking is not allowed on the grounds of the Academy, but visitors may eat in the Drydock Restaurant in Dahlgren Hall.
  • The Naval Academy Club is open to the public for lunch, weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..  Buffet lunch in the Alley is always a treat.  See this week’s Buffet Lunch menus on the Alley’s dining page.
  • Only Assistance Animals are allowed in the Visitor Center, USNA buildings and ceremonial area.
  • Noon formation is one of the great daily attractions on the Yard (see photo above).  It is held, weather and schedule permitting, Monday through Friday during the academic year (except for the winter months, mid-November through mid-March) and Monday through Saturday during Plebe Summer in Tecumseh Court in front of Bancroft Hall.
  • Groups of 16 or more people planning to visit the Yard can make group tour and dining arrangements prior to their visit.
  • The USNA Museum, located in Preble Hall, is one of the true Annapolis and Naval History treasures. Don’t miss it.
  • Check out and “Like” the excellent Facebook pages for the USNA Visitor Center and Naval Academy Museum.
  • Please be mindful of the Ceremonial Areas, particularly in front of Bancroft Hall. They are clearly marked with signs. Do not jog, cycle or walk your pets in the Ceremonial Areas.
  • There are many musical and theatrical events on the Yard.  Check the USNA Music Department’s schedule to see what’s playing while you’re here.
  • If you are interested in applying to the Naval Academy, visit the Admissions page for candidate information.
  • Sports fans attending Navy games should plan to Tour the Academy.  Athletic schedules and tickets are available online at NavySports.
  • The USNA’s religious services are open to the public.
  • Support the Brigade of Midshipmen.  By taking a Naval Academy tour, dining at Drydock, and shopping at the USNA Gift Shop or, you are supporting the Brigade of Midshipmen.  100% of the profits generated by these businesses are contributed to the Midshipmen Welfare Fund.  We appreciate your support and you get tax-free shopping.

100% For the Brigade

100% of proceeds from USNA Tours, the Armel-Lefwich Visitor Center Gift Shop,  and the Drydock Restaurant support the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Directions to the Naval Academy

A map, directions, and parking information can be found on our Getting Here page.  There is also an excellent PDF map of the Yard on the Naval Academy’s Map and Directions page.

Information on Annapolis

Contact the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau at
(410) 280-0445 or visit them online at