The Academy is connected to New York City - about 20 miles away - by excellent train and bus service. Most midshipmen master getting around Manhattan by the time they graduate. New York City offers unparalleled cultural amenities to students who are curious and willing to explore, and many of these resources can be enjoyed at very little expense. Popular music, theater, symphonies, operas, dance, ethnic neighborhoods, museums - the list of things to do and see goes on and on.
The Academy, through its Arts and World Affairs Program, funds student-organized excursions to cultural events in New York City and other nearby locations. Every year, blocks of tickets to leading Broadway shows are made available so that midshipmen may attend such events in groups. Other types of trips to Manhattan, as well as other cultural initiatives, are also supported. The Arts and World Affairs Program also provides funds for several popular on-campus events. Since this program is supported by student fees, every effort is made to use it for appropriate midshipmen-initiated activities.