When in Annapolis.....

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by kirbinator, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. kirbinator

    kirbinator 5-Year Member

    Dec 25, 2008
    Likes Received:
    Hello all,

    My Dad and I are going out to visit the Naval Academy over Spring Break. Unfotunately because I am at College on the other side of the states, I am not able to miss the valuable (?) class time to go for the Orientation program, so we have to take our trip then (next week).

    Amazingly, I have been blessed with an appointment to the Air Force Academy but am still waiting on the results for the NA. So this is my big chance to make the decision between one and the other. Here is my question: What things at the Academy would any of you wise individuals recommend that my Dad and I could go see that would enhance the decision-making process? so-to-speak. Or you could just recommend anything that is really cool :biggrin:
  2. 2012mom?

    2012mom? 5-Year Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Likes Received:
    Congratulations, kirbinator, on having one appointment in hand already!

    Some of my favorite things on the Yard and in Annapolis:
    On the Yard:
    1. Memorial Hall. Go inside the main doors of Bancroft Hall, and look around the Rotunda, then go up the stairs (can't miss 'em).
    2. Crypt of John Paul Jones. Visit the main chapel, too, if you have time for both, but the crypt is very special.
    3. USNA Museum. It's been closed for renovations for most of the past few years, but it's open again. The ship models alone would be worth a trip for me!
    4. Walk out to Trident light. Truly where the Severn meets the sea....
    5. Rickover/Chauvenet/Michelson Halls. See if you can arrange for a tour, or at least get permission to walk through the various academic buildings to see the facilities. The resources available for undergraduate use are absolutely top notch.
    6. Visitor's center. Gotta buy some Navy souvenirs!

    In Annapolis:
    Park your car and wander around on foot in what I think is the largest collection of historic buildings in the US. Visit the Haley memorial by City Dock. Stop in at Chic and Ruth's deli at the right time in the morning for the Pledge of Allegiance. Mention to many townspeople that you're a USNA candidate, and there's a good chance that they'll either be sponsor parents at USNA, or a close friend is. Lots of places to eat and drink.

    Have a great time on your visit!
  3. NYRower182

    NYRower182 5-Year Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Likes Received:
    Will you be on break during the next CVW? If so, you should see if you can do that.
  4. 1964BGO

    1964BGO 5-Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
    Likes Received:
    In addition to the above, I'd strongly recommend going to Leahy Hall for the Candidates' Briefing. The schedule is posted at www.usna.edu/Admissions. It will give the chance to get the latest information and definitive answers to any questions you may have.

    Best wishes and travel safely.
  5. GoNavyMom

    GoNavyMom 5-Year Member

    Mar 17, 2009
    Likes Received:
    In Bancroft, off to the right when facing the stairs, is an example of a Midshipman room. Should definitely take a look at that.

    The visitor's center does offer a tour of the Yard (for a fee) but it's an option. The tour guide will give some of the history of the buildings (including Chapel and crypt) and they do have access to certain buildings.

    I would check also to see if there is a Brigarde parade.

    Also, see if there are any sporting events going on for you to attend.

    Enjoy. It is a wonderful place.


Share This Page