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“I'm Prejudiced” 5 of 5 stars
Review of U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. Naval Academy
121 Blake Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 293-8687
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Ranked #1 of 37 Attractions in Annapolis
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, Cultural
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Getting married
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Owner description: Established in 1845, this undergraduate college for the Navy prepares men and women to become professional officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Tennessee
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“I'm Prejudiced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I recently returned to Annapolis to attend a recommitment dinner with the class of 2015. It's been almost 50 years since I would awake and view the fishing boats under sail for their day's work from the 4th deck of the 7th wing of Bancroft Hall, so, for me, it is like coming home. The physical plant in the Yard (as the grounds are called) is significantly improved from my day - and it was excellent then.

My recommendation for a visitor to the Academy is to go to the Visitor's Center, view the movie, and sign up for a walking tour. The tour guides are knowledgable, and many are retired graduates who have an intimate knowledge of the Academy. After the tour, you can return to spend more time at specific sights such as the museum or Memorial Hall. If you only have a short time and don't want to take the tour, go to the front of Bancroft Hall. Walk into the Rotunda, visit the sample room, and walk up the stairs to Memorial Hall. The "Don't Give Up the Ship" battle flag is there along with the names of graduates who have lost their lives in the service of the nation. Then take the short walk to the chapel where you can walk inside and see the stained glass. A few steps away in the basement of the Chapel is the Crypt of John Paul Jones. You can finish with a short walk to the museum.

Judging from the members of the Class of 2015 I spoke with, the Navy and the country will be in good hands.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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“Self- tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Took a short tour of the Naval Academy and felt overwhelmed with the history. I don't have enough to write a review because I need to go back to see more than 2 hours of the campus.

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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“Take the tour!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Taking a day trip during our Washington DC vacation, we planned an outing to Annapolis. One thing we wanted to do was tour the US Naval Academy. It was well worth the monetary cost and the time. The grounds are beautiful, the buildings are stunning, and the historical information was interesting. Our tour guide was a retired Naval Academy graduate who also served as the director of admissions for a time. He was a great tour guide, and even kept the attention of my 10 and 12 year old. Our only disappointment was not seeing the lunchtime procession due to the majority of the campus being on break. The plebes that were there were dining early that day and we only caught the tail end of it.

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Montreal, Canada
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“Nice insight into the Navy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very much worth the time to visit. Friendly and funny tour guide, very knowledgeable. the tour lasts about an hour and provides an excellent insight into the life of the school. There are also 2 museums you can visit on site.

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New York
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“Thumbs Up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Great museum and impressive campus. You also get glimpses of naval students going through their daily routines.

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