U.S. Naval Academy Attractions

    Don’t Miss Out on The Yard’s Amazing Attractions

    Wondering what to do in Annapolis? Indulge in the historic buildings and events that create the lasting and living legacy of the Naval Academy. Get lost in the gorgeous Main Chapel, revere the hushed crypt of our Founding Father, John Paul Jones, view the largest dorm in the U.S., and more. Steep yourself in history and mystery. There is always more to explore!

    Book a tour or explore on your own to see the best sights at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    *Services are open to the public, however there may be current COVID restrictions.

    The USNA Main Chapel

    The beautiful and historic Main Chapel at the center of the Yard – and its landmark dome that can be seen throughout the greater Annapolis area – are symbolic of the vital role that moral and spiritual guidance plays in developing the Brigade of Midshipmen into naval officers. It is often the site of weddings and memorials. Regular chapel services are open to the public.


    Crypt of John Paul Jones

    Since 1775, John Paul Jones has been recognized as the Father of the U.S. Navy, due to his great influence and leadership in the establishment of our Navy, as well as his role in the success of our War of Independence.

    His remains were interred into a crypt beneath the Naval Academy Chapel in 1906 in a ceremony presided over by President Theodore Roosevelt. From his death in 1792 until then, his remains had been in a grave in France, where he died.


    Bancroft Hall

    Named after former Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, Bancroft Hall — or more affectionately, Mother “B,” — is the largest academic dormitory in the United States, with 1,700 rooms, 33 acres of floor space, and 4.8 miles of corridors. It is a small city, offering typical dorm services, as well as a gym, bank, uniform store, and dentist. The more than 4,400 midshipmen attending the United States Naval Academy call it home all four years. It features a beautiful rotunda with stairs leading up to Memorial Hall, which is an homage to USNA alumni lost while serving the U.S. These two spots, as well as a typical midshipmen room, are open for the public to tour.



    Daily Noon Brigade Formation

    Prepare for goosebumps. Each weekday at noon in the spring and fall (if weather permits), the entire Brigade of Midshipmen assembles in Tecumseh Court outside of Bancroft Hall. They perform their roll call just prior to lunch. Each battalion leader calls out their number and “all present and accounted for.” Then there’s a rousing “Anchors Aweigh” and the Marines’ Hymn “The Halls of Montezuma,” played by the Naval Academy band, and the emotionally riveting sight of more than 4,400 midshipmen marching in formation into Bancroft Hall for lunch. It’s less than ten minutes long, but it will change your entire day.

    The Triton Light

    This beautiful monument and active navigational point on the water’s edge is dedicated to the safe return of all submariners and honors those lost at sea. The USNA Class of 1945 erected the Triton Light in 1959. The landmark features a globe with water collected by the U.S.S. Triton from the twenty-two seas they traversed during the first submerged circumnavigation of the world in 1960.



    This statue represents the second version of Tecumseh, hence its nickname “Tecumseh 2.0.” The original (minus the “brains” and “heart” enshrined in the bronze 2.0) resides within the Visitor Center. He is known as “Lord of Football Games and Exams,” and many midshipmen toss pennies his way to proffer his favor. Originally made to represent Tamanend, a Delaware chief, he became known as Tecumseh by the Brigade of Midshipmen over the years.


    The Academy Seal in front is made of brass taken from torpedos from the U.S.S. Washington. Don’t step on it - it’s purported to bring bad luck!


    The Wright Flyer in Dahlgren Hall

    During the early parts of the 20th century, the airplane was just starting its flight as the most powerful battleships ever to float were still under construction. Although much of the naval senior leadership still believed in the power of the battle fleet, visionaries in naval aviation saw the potential of this new technology. Most of the first naval aviators conducted their training right on the banks of the Severn River across from the Naval Academy, and they used aircraft identical to our replica of one of the earliest naval aircraft built by the Wright Brothers. Come see this fascinating piece of technology from 1911.

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