U.S.S. Midway, San Diego

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910 N. Harbor Drive (619) 544-9600

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    USS Midway

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    I didn't have to twist my wife's arm to get her to the Midway. She comes from a Military Family chocked full of Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force so she loves Military history. Many of her family served in WWII in the Pacific in the Navy so she has a fondness for anything involving Naval history. Being a former Navy Man, I always like to check out naval vessels to compare them with my own experience.

    The Midway was once a active service Air Craft Carrier but is now a floating Museum with many exhibits, aircrafts and some flight simulators open to the public. The Midway was commisioned after WWII ended and was the largest ship until 1955. In 1992 she was decomissioned and became a public museum in 2004.

    My wife and I enjoyed our exploration of the ship as well as the many veterans on board telling their tales of service. We sat in on many lectures through the ship and one in particular on the flight deck. I was able to participate in many of the discussions with the lecturers due to my service on a Carrier. Of course my carrier was different as it was Nuclear; and built much later than the Midway. It was fun pointing out different aircraft they had on display that I actually flew in.

    This was a great time and we both enjoyed exploring the Midway. I think it is a must see when in San Diego whether you are military or not. So many people forget the sacrifices people make in the military that it is important to support those who serve and have served.

    Ticket PricesGeneral Admission
    $19 Adults
    $16 Seniors (62+)
    $15 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $10 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $10 Youth (ages 6-12)

    Online Price
    $17 Adults
    $14 Seniors (62+)
    $13 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $8 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $8 Youth (ages 6-12)

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    The Famed Aircraft Carrier

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    the symbol of Navy's Might and it won the Naval Battle During World War II and since then, Aircraft Carriers are the main Source of Power Projection by Major Navies around the world and if you want to see the inside of a typical US Navy Aircraft Carrier and the various Aircraft She Carried, then you can Head to the USS Midway Memorial to see and experience what was like living and being inside an aircraft carrier. The USS Midway was a Midway Class Aircraft Carrier that served for an unprecedented 47 years and was decomissioned in 1992 and was made into a museum here at San Diego Harbor in 2004.

    Ticket Prices:

    $20 Adults (18+)
    $17 Seniors (62+)
    $15 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $10 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $10 Youth (ages 6-12)
    Children under 5 are free

    Hours:

    The USS Midway Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Last admission is at 4 p.m.

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    the Admiral Clifton Sprague Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    on the the famed admirals in the Pacific Theater in World War II. he was a hero in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 which was the largest Modern Naval Warfare during Modern Times which was almost lost due to Admiral Willam Bull Halsey's Blunder of Pursuing the Remnants of the Japanese Imperial Carriers, which were just decoys. That Battle was the Admiral's Shining Moment.

    according to wikipedia:

    Sprague's greatest achievement came on October 25, 1944 when his Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy III) consisting of 6 escort carriers, 3 destroyers, and 4 destroyer escorts fought off the vastly superior Japanese Center Force at the Battle off Samar. The Japanese force consisted of 4 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, and 11 destroyers off the Samar Island in the Philippines. The Taffy CVE pilots bombed, strafed, and made dry runs while the Destroyers first laid smoke to cover the carriers, then made torpedo runs on the battleships and cruisers of Center Force then fought toe-to-toe gun duels with them. For the leadership he displayed in this incident, he received the Navy Cross.

    hero of Leyte Gulf!
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    The Famous Unconditional Surrender Statue

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    an icon in the USS Midway Area. This famous Sculpture is relatively a new addition of the Waterfron at the Embarcadero beside the USS Midway Musuem that was only inagurated in 2007. The Sculpture is about 25 feet long and depicts a navy sailor and nurse kissing and celebrating the end of the Pacific War that was famously taken in Times Square during WWII when Japan surrendered in 1945 by Life Magazine. There are some weirdos who posed at the statues unbderneath the skirt of the Nurse like my friends he he.

    wow marker peeping tom! romantic get out there pervert!
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    Aircraft Carrier Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    One of the Many Public and tastefully designed Structures along thethe North Embarcadero, near the U.S.S. Midway Memorial in North Harbor Drive Area of San Diego is the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, which was the Single Most Greatest Contribution in Winning the Naval War in World War II and replaced the Battleship as the Capital Ship of Navies around the World. This memorial to all Aircraft Carriers (past and present) of the US Navy, was made in 1993 and it has a 9-foot polished black granite obelisk engraved with the names of all 165 carriers, from USS Langley (CV-1) to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).

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    Bob Hope Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    one of the more interesting Sculptures around the USS Midway Memorial in North Harbor Drive is the memorial honoring the Greatest Entertainment and Comedian, the Icon, which was Bob Hope, for being active in morale boosting the GI Joes across the world in a fifty year career that started in the world war II year of 1943. He dedicated himself to entertaining soldiers, sailors and airmen of the armed forces in the many battle fronts and remote outposts where they've served throughout the world via the USO and even had Christmas Specials.

    the memorial facing the midway thanks not fit to be here hehe
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    U.S.S. Midway

    by Agraichen Written Sep 8, 2014

    Once, the largest aircraft carrier in the US Naval Fleet, the U.S.S. Midway now sits in San Diego harbor as a floating museum.

    Cost is not that expensive to gain an enormous amount of historical knowledge of not only the carrier, but of its exploits in history as well as experience the many types of aircraft that it could carry.

    Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00PM with last entry to the ship at 4:00PM

    Admission:
    Adults (13- 61) $14.99
    Adults (62 - ??) $11.99
    Children (6-12) $ 8.99
    Children Under 6 Free

    Self guided audio tours are included with admission and recommended, or just wander aimlessly around the decks. I found it fun just to "get lost" wandering.

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    The USS Midway museum

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jul 14, 2014

    You pay 20 US Dollars for the visit. It is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM.
    It is a great visit. There are many artifacts and the staff wil help you with explanations (even in Spanish language). There is a shop where you can acquire souvenirs related with the USS Midway.

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    Faith, courage, service true....

    by goodfish Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    I’m reviewing this one, even though we didn’t do it, as I’ve toured others of the large military ship museums - including the Yorktown in Charleston - and can promise you that it’ll be worth every penny of the rather expensive ticket: highly recommended!

    At 1001 feet she was the largest ship in the world when commissioned in 1945, was the longest-serving carrier in naval history, and accommodated a crew of 4,500 - the average age of which was only 19. This self-contained city provided everything needed to live and work for months at sea: medical and dental offices, surgical suite, post office, laundry, galleys (six of them) that served mess halls 24 hours a day, laundry, commissaries, lounges… even its own TV and radio station. A self-guided audio tour takes you to some of these as well as flight and hanger decks, brig, engine rooms and officers/enlisted sailors quarters: 60 locations in all. The flight deck also has a collection of vintage aircraft - including an F-14 Tomcat - which can be explored as well.

    But what visitors almost unanimously agree is the best part of the tour are stories from the many volunteers who’ve served on the Midway and who generously give of their time to answer questions and provide first-hand accounts of life aboard ship. I chatted with one of them on the dock one morning and what he was able to tell me in just a few minutes was fascinating.

    The website has all the information you need to know but a couple of key bits:

    • Do not do this one if you’re on a tight schedule! You need 3-4 hours or more to do the tour justice: it’s a huge ship.

    • While they’ve done their best to accommodate all ages and abilities, parts of the ship are not accessible to wheelchairs, walkers or strollers, and others involve climbing steep stairways and stepping over high doorways. Ladies, leave the heels and short/tight skirts at the hotel. :O)

    • This is not a great activity for very small children who will become tired or bored quickly. They will also have to be carried though the exhibits which are not stroller accessible: about 40% of the tour. It’s also not a good choice for persons with claustrophobia.

    • Beneath-deck spaces can be very tight so please avoid bringing large backpacks and very bulky camera equipment

    • No smoking anywhere on the ship

    • Simulators involve an extra fee

    • Two reasonably priced cafes (one open only during summer), restrooms and gift shop round out visitor services. Oh, and both beer and wine are available at the Fantail!

    http://www.midway.org

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    San Diego's mighty aircraft carrier

    by Jefie Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    My husband being a pilot, a visit to USS Midway had to be on our list of things to do in San Diego. We got there just a few minutes before opening time (10:00 am) and already there was a bit of a lineup so obviously, we weren't the only ones interested in visiting this huge ship. USS Midway was commissioned at the end of World War II and was in service from 1945 to 1992. It saw plenty of action during the war in Vietnam and it was also involved in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Of course, I'm old enough to remember the images I saw on TV of the Persian Gulf War, so to visit a ship that took an active part in it was a bit of a surreal experience - it made me realize that I wasn't merely walking around a Top Gun movie set (although it was impossible not to think about that movie as well!). Visitors can tour around the gigantic ship without getting lost by listening to the self-guided audio tour that is included in the price of admission. Plenty of museum docents are around to answer your questions as well, and some of them also offer special talks on the flight deck. It's also possible to climb aboard several of the aircrafts. It took us over 3h to complete our visit and we enjoyed every minute of it!

    On the USS Midway's hangar deck Keeping an eye on the enemy... ;o) Pilot Isa in command (sort of)! Sylvain on the USS Midway's flight deck
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    Historical Naval Aviation Museum!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 30, 2012

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    Every Sunday the US Navy offered a tour of one of it's ships. It was awesome and interesting to board one of these huge vessels and look around. It was one of the few ways to see a military ship in San Diego, if you didn't have personal connections. (Since 11 September 2001 these tours have been suspended.)

    However, there is another option still on offer. The restored, historical and "retired" aircraft carrier, the USS Midway of World War II fame is open for tours and is quite an experience. This aircraft carrier was not deployed during WWII, but named after a decisive battle of that war.

    It has been commissioned to stand as witness to the U.S. Navy and to the importance of the Navy to San Diego's history.

    Surviving the controversial opposition of placing a huge Military vessel on this section of the Harbor, the Midway, is now berthed at the Harbor, downtown San Diego. It is a multi-dimensional, interactive, educational and entertainment complex. The projected grand opening was for early June 2004. It did open in the summer of 2004 and was a great success!

    In real life the Midway was a floating city, population about 5,000 and it will be interesting to see if visitors still get lost on this huge vessel. I've been on a couple of aircraft carriers and can speak to the awesome size of these ships.

    Beware: The ladders are steep, wear good walking shoes and bring a jacket, the breeze on the flight decks can be pretty cold. If walking is difficult for you, consider touring the Midway in a wheelchair. There is a map of the ship on their web site that points out the areas that are and are not wheelchair accessible.

    There are exhibits, self-guided tours, restored air craft and even flight simulators for a visitor to enjoy. It would be a good idea to check their website before a visit for any events planned while you're here. Some events are open to the public and some are not.

    The price of a ticket is $18.00 Adult (17 and up and $10.00 Children (6 - 17 years). Small children (5 years and under) and active-duty military personnel in uniform are free.

    The Jet shop offers souviners and for a drink, snacks or a great view, try the Fantail Café.

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    USS Midway

    by janders Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The USS Midway is a out of commission aircraft carrier and when in commissioned was the largest ship in the world.
    We got there at 9:30am and were about 20 yards from the ticket booth. By 10:AM the last person in line was about 100 yards from the ticket booth, so arrive early to avoid the long line.
    Your ticket will include a audio device and headphones for your own self guided audio tour. You will be able to walk pretty much all over the ship.
    They have 7 planes and a helicopter on display there that you can hear on your radio the descripitions ot that aircraft you are in front of or room you are in.
    See there websites for more info.

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    USS Midway Museum

    by winnietankl Written Sep 4, 2010

    Go as early as possible to avoid big crowd. Sometimes the line up to the bridge in the island can be lengthy, be sure to allow time. It is open from 10am to 5pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The ticket is $18 (adults), $15 for senior citizen and student and it is free for active duty military personnel and children under 5. Spend at least 4 hours to discover this magnificient air craft carrier and you could even have audio tour too. The fantail cafe which is located next to the Jet shop is best for sit, relax and have some great meals while enjoy the scenic view of San Diego downtown and harbor drive view. The museum also has a gift shop next to the hanger deck which sell books, t-shirts, souvenirs, CD, DVD etc.

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    Fantastic museum

    by AcornMan Written Jun 12, 2009

    A lot of military museums are pretty low budget affairs, with disappointing exhibits and run down facilities. Not so the USS Midway. I was absolutely amazed by how well done it is. To begin with, visitors have access to a lot of the ship, and each visitor is given a hand-held Walkman-like device with earphones that has in-depth recorded information about practically everything you can think of. You can basically give yourself a guided tour of the ship with it. Up on the flight deck, there is an impressive array of aircraft spanning decades of service. There are volunteers all over the place to answer questions, share personal stories, and tell you where to find things. You can even visit the island on a guided tour to learn even more about the operation of the ship. It's an all-around fantastic museum. If you have any interest at all in this sort of thing, definitely do not miss it.

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    Aircraft Carrier

    by Astrobuck Written Jan 11, 2009

    Decommissioned aricraft carrier. This is a must see for everyone. The entire tour will take about 3-4 hours, so plan ahead. There are aircraft simulators; as well as historical artifacts on board. Audio tours are available, which I highly recommend.

    On the flight deck, there is a T2 with an open cockpit that both adults and children can sit in. In addition, you can tour the bridge as well as the air operations area.

    *Free to all active duty military (present military ID at the booth)*

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