With Memorial Day approaching it seems fitting to write about one of San Diego’s stellar attractions, the USS Midway Museum. Commissioned in 1945 as the largest ship in the world, the Midway remained so for a decade. Named for the Battle of Midway, its 47-year run made it one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Its history includes combat missions during the Vietnam War as well as being one of six carriers sent to fight Iraq during Desert Storm. It’s now docked and operating as a memorable museum at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.
USS Midway Museum: SBD Dauntless
Visitors can experience “life at sea” and walk in the footsteps of the 225,00 sailors that served on this mighty ship. A self-guided audio tour included with admission leads you through the hangar deck and down to the galley and mess deck, sleeping quarters, officer’s quarters and engine room. A word of caution: many of the stairwells are narrow and steep – not a place for high heels!
USS Midway Museum: A7 Corsair and Panther
Winding your way up to the “roof”, you’ll be awe-struck by the 4-acre flight deck and 25 restored aircraft. USS Midway veterans are on hand to answer questions and proudly recount stories of their time aboard the legendary vessel. With over 60 exhibits, flight simulators and videos, you’ll want to allow 90 minutes at the very least to explore – you could easily spend half a day wandering about. There’s a gift shop to peruse and if you’re hungry, an outdoor café allows you to dine while enjoying beautiful views of downtown San Diego.
The USS Midway kicks off its 4th Annual Legacy Days on May 29th with tributes honoring the military, photo presentations and interactive exhibits for the entire family. Country star Ronnie Milsap headlines the American Freedom Festival, a live concert on the flight deck that evening. Legacy Days activities continue through June 2nd.
USS Midway Museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10am until 5pm. Ticket prices: Adults $18, Children under 5 years are free. Discounts apply to seniors, retired military and youths.