Naval Academy offers walking tours

ANNAPOLIS -- The U.S. Naval Academy here is one of the Baltimore/Washington area's top tourist attractions, and its visitor center hosts a daily walking tour throughout the year.

The tour includes stops at Bancroft Hall, which is the student dormitory, and the crypt of Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones.

Also included on the tour is a model of the battleship USS Maryland, which survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and continued in service through the end of World War II, plus displays commemorating midshipman life and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

The center has a gift shop with a variety of souvenirs. From March through December, the center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are hosted every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Two of the more popular exhibits at the academy are Freedom 7, America's first space capsule, and the original figurehead of Delaware Indian chief Tamanend, which was placed aboard the USS Delaware.

The U.S. Naval Academy Visitor Center
Phone: (410) 263-6933
Web: www.navyonline.com

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