Summer Fun—Day 74: Tour the Naval Academy

There is a lot to see in Maryland’s capital, but it wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Naval Academy.

Start your tour at the Halsey Field House, where you'll find interactive screens, including a huge wall map to explore different sites around the naval yard. Families can also learn about life as a midshipman and Naval Academy admissions and academics. From there, head to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center where you can watch a quick, introductory video, "A Call to Serve," then step onto the grounds, which you can walk through on your own or as part of a guided tour. On your tour, don't miss the U.S. Naval History Museum, which houses a truly impressive collection of naval historical items, and model ships!

For the month of August, tours run Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. 

The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public tours start at the visitor center and cost $11 for adults and $9 for kids in first through 12th grade. Kids under first grade are free.

Entering the grounds is free, but anyone 18 or older must show a valid original U.S. government-issued photo ID or original passport (no photocopies).

For more information, visit the U.S. Naval Academy website.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

Photo courtesy of the Naval Academy.