USS Midway Museum Tours

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Formerly the US Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century (1945 to 1991), the USS Midway Museum comprises an entire floating city. Aboard the hulking vessel docked in San Diego, California, visitors can now explore more than 60 exhibits as well as peek inside the museum’s impressive aircraft collection.
 
The Basics
Exhibits in the USS Midway Museum include the engine room, the ship’s brig, machine shops, and the crew’s sleeping quarters. Walk along the narrow confines of the upper decks to the bridge, admiral’s war room, and the control tower. The ship’s flight deck is home to multiple aircraft, including an F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom jet fighter, and an A-7 Corsair. Three flight simulators, music videos, films, interactive exhibits, and the Ejection Seat Theater make a visit to this important part of military history a memorable and kid-friendly experience.
 
Admission to the museum includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors, available in multiple languages. Guided tours of downtown San Diego frequently include the USS Midway Museum as a stop, along with other area highlights such as Sea World, La Jolla, Balboa Park, or a San Diego Bay cruise. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear proper footwear, as a tour of the ship’s interior includes many stairs and narrow passageways.
  • Skip-the-line tours are recommended on weekends and during busy holiday times.
  • Several elevators and wheelchair access routes have been added to make the ship about 60 percent accessible.
  • Children ages 5 years old and younger, active duty military (including reservists, law enforcement, and firefighters) receive free admission.
 
How to Get There
The USS Midway Museum is located at Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, on Harbor Drive. The Santa Fe Train Depot and MTS trolley station are each a 5-minute walk away. Limited paid parking is available in the Port of San Diego lot, and there is metered parking on neighboring streets. 
 
When to Get There
Allow at least 90 minutes for a visit here. The USS Midway Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 4pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
 
Special Events and Festivals at the USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum holds several festivals throughout the year to honor America’s servicemen and woman, and to celebrate the country’s military history. The Fourth of July Festival enables you to watch the San Diego Bay’s fireworks display from the flight deck, and there is a family Veteran’s Day celebration held every year.
Location
Address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101, USA
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Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm
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Admission: Adults: US$23
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Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

Take a trip through American naval history with admission to the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. This enormous ship, known as the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, now offers a range of interactive exhibits, a self-guided audio tour and numerous restored aircraft across its 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and sections below. It’s an essential piece of San Diego’s, and America’s, military history.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$18.00 USD
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San Diego Shore Excursion: City and La Jolla Coast Tour

When you're in port in San Diego, see the sights of the city in a convenient way with this 4-hour shore excursion. Traveling by coach, you'll see Balboa Park, Old Town, the Embarcadero, Petco Park, and more. Stop for photo ops at select places, and visit La Jolla, the idyllic coastal suburb north of the city known for its sea caves.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$48.00 USD
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Viator Exclusive: San Diego Luxury Dinner Cruise with Window Seating and Champagne

On this Viator Exclusive experience, you’ll relax in style aboard this luxury dinner cruise. Views are outstanding from your guaranteed, private table right by a window on the deluxe yacht. Take your time over a gourmet, 3-course meal, as you cruise past twinkling city lights that ring San Diego Bay. Enjoy DJ entertainment and pop open a bottle of Champagne while you simply enjoy a romantic evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Classic Sailboat Sunset Sail

Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private San Diego City and La Jolla Coast Tour

See the sights of San Diego in a convenient way on this private 4-hour tour with a guide who shares information about the city. Traveling by private vehicle, you'll see Balboa Park, Old Town, Petco Park, and downtown, including Little Italy, the Embarcadero, and East Village. Stop for photo ops at select places, and visit La Jolla, the idyllic coastal suburb north of the city known for its sea caves. Please specify your preferred departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

Enjoy Sunday in beautiful San Diego with a 2-hour brunch cruise on a luxury yacht. Help yourself to the seafood, steak, waffles and chocolate fountain at the buffet while sipping on unlimited mimosas. While you drink and feast, soak up the views of the water and the city skyline around you. When you’re ready to stretch your sea legs, head to the dance floor where live entertainment and music awaits.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Downtown San Diego and Waterfront Segway Tour

Glide through San Diego’s waterfront and downtown on a 2-hour, guided Segway tour that takes in the city’s most historic neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Learn about life in early San Diego as you follow your guide through the Gaslamp Quarter, and take in the neighborhood’s carefully preserved Victorian architecture. See the home of the San Diego Padres and vibrant public art installations, watch fisherman unload the day’s fresh catch at Tuna Pier, then visit the USS Midway to experience a floating piece of America’s naval history.
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San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

Explore San Diego by Segway on this comprehensive 2-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll learn about the city’s major landmarks and history while passing top attractions like Balboa Park, the USS 'San Diego' Memorial, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Snacks and beverages are included along the way, as well as a brief safety session to ensure that you feel completely comfortable hitting the streets on your Segway.
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$148.99 USD
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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

Explore San Diego at night under the moonlight with this 1.5-hour city lights tour. Travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. Catch sights of the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, and the Star of India. Plus ride to the top of the Coronado Bridge and see sights lit up all over the city, as well as some from Tijuana.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Go San Diego Card

Get the most out of your visit to San Diego with the Go San Diego™ Card, granting you access to 43 top city attractions, tours and activities -- with 3+ Day passes including a premium choice of SeaWorld or a Hop-On-Hop-Off  -- plus a range of great shopping and dining discounts. Check out the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm and LEGOLAND® California, or try kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla. You might also choose to take a city walking tour, or make a day trip up to Los Angeles to visit Hollywood. Whatever your interest, this infinitely-flexible pass lets you call the shots. You’ll also save 30% at included retailers and restaurants. Best of all, there’s no voucher redemption necessary. Just download your pass on your mobile device and start the fun.
  • Duration: 7 days
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  • Duration: 7 days
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a 30-minute jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers — a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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San Diego GoCar Tour

See the San Diego sights at your own pace in this easy-to-navigate 2-passenger GoCar. Choose from a selection of itineraries and tour lengths, including a 1-, 2-, 3-hour or full-day rental. Then maneuver your three-wheeled GoCar through downtown, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and more. Don't worry about navigation: The vehicle’s talking GPS always knows where you are, even if you don’t.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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San Diego City Loop Segway Tour Including Gaslamp and Balboa Park

Explore the best of San Diego with a 2-hour, guided Segway tour that loops through the city’s most important sights. Glide through San Diego history in the vibrant Gaslamp District, and enjoy stories about California’s rough-and-tumble frontier past. Watch for dolphins and sea lions as you cruise the bustling waterfront, pass historic naval vessels and the home of the San Diego Padres. Steer into the 1,200-acre (486-ha) Balboa Park to explore manicured gardens, thick forest stands and the city’s best-preserved architecture inside the largest urban park in the United States.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Diego Shore Excursion: Skip the Line: USS Midway Museum

Walk the decks of American naval history with an independent shore excursion to San Diego’s USS Midway Museum. Visit an aircraft carrier that was the world’s largest, and whose career stretched from the end of World War II to Operation Desert Storm. Learn how 4,500 crew members made their home onboard the massive ‘city at sea, ’ and get a glimpse of life below decks. Climb into the cockpit of a fighter plane, see the museum’s vast collection of historic aircraft then take off on a hair-raising flight simulator.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Classic Sailboat Afternoon Harbor Tour

See San Diego on a small-group 2.5-hour cruise aboard a classic 32-foot (10-meter) sailboat. Munch on light snacks, accompanied by craft beer or wine, while taking in landmarks like the Maritime Museum and USS Midway, in addition to wildlife and the bustling San Diego Harbor.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Viator Exclusive: San Diego Harbor Speed Boat, Bike Ride and USS Midway Tour

Explore the wildlife, skyline, and maritime legacy of the San Diego Harbor by land and by sea on this Viator Exclusive tour. Take the wheel of a speed boat during a cruise through the ship-studded bay before hopping on a bike for a closer look at shoreline attractions like Broadway Pier and the San Diego Air Station. Finish with a guided tour of the USS ‘Midway’ aircraft carrier, featuring an interactive glimpse into both US Navy and Air Force operations.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$139.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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