United States Naval Academy

Your Gateway to a Piece of Living History

Since 1845, the United States Naval Academy has played an integral role in the history of Annapolis and the nation. Today it is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen to be professional officers. A visit to "The Yard" — the enchanting grounds of the USNA — is a must for visitors to Annapolis. As one of the finest hotels near the Naval Academy, Annapolis Waterfront Hotel would be honored to host you during your visit. 

Explore the campus and admire spectacular Beaux-Arts architecture and historical markers commemorating naval events, including Bancroft Hall (the world's largest student dormitory), Memorial Hall, Main Chapel, Statue of Tecumseh, Herndon Monument, Crypt of John Paul Jones, the bronze statue of Bill the Goat (the Navy mascot), the foremast of the USS Maine and the Jeanette Monument, dedicated to the crew lost while exploring the Arctic in 1891.

We recommend stopping by the Armel-Leftwich Visitors' Center, where you can immerse yourself in the life of a midshipman, pick up official USNA gear at the gift shop, see a student-life exhibit, and watch a 13-minute film, “The Call to Serve.” Public walking and riding tours are also available and depart from the visitors center. Another must-see is the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, located in Preble Hall. The museum features an exhibit of artifacts entitled "Leadership and Service: The History of the United States Navy and the Naval Academy" and the famous Rogers Collection of antique ship models.

Recently renovated to bring elements of the neighboring Academy's history and maritime traditions into the hotel, the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel has partnered with this iconic institution to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in U.S. Naval Academy heritage. We regularly offer packages that include unique experiences you won’t want to miss. Check out our Offers page to see what’s available.

Guests 18 years or older will be required to present a valid original U.S. government-issued photo ID or original passport to enter US Naval Academy grounds. Visitors from the states of Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, and American Samoa are required to present a second photo ID.

Guests dining at the Naval Academy Club as a part of a package experience are asked to follow the dress code established as a part of this rich tradition. Business casual, including appropriate pants, is suggested, and a collared shirt is required for gentlemen. Athletic wear, sportswear, t-shirts, tank tops, flip flops, short shorts, and short skirts are not allowed.