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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.  


  • USS Midway Museum shore excursion in San Diego
  • Visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the US Navy fleet
  • Enjoy more than 60 exhibits, including the flight deck, galley and engine room
  • Audio tour included in the admission price is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
  • A must-do for the entire family

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San Diego Shore Excursion: USS Midway Museum

San Diego Shore Excursion: USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway is a long-serving US Navy aircraft carrier (active from 1945-1992) and was the largest ship in the world for a decade, housing 4,500 crew members! On this San Diego shore excursion, you can visit the USS Midway Museum and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Navy sailors on a self-guided audio tour narrated by former Midway sailors and officers.

More than 60 exhibits, from the engine room to the bridge, and 25 restored historic aircraft are on display. Find out what it was like to be part of a "city at sea" as you explore the galleys, officer's country and sleeping quarters of the first Navy ship too large to go through the Panama Canal. You will be amazed by the 4-acre (1.6-hectare) flight deck and the 360-degree panoramic view of downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay. Don't miss the flight simulators and climb-aboard aircraft, and stop by the gift shop and café for souvenirs and snacks.

Please note:

This excursion is located within a 2-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Amazing experience! I wish we would have had more time to explore everything. You need at least 3 hours. It was great knowing a little bit of our heroes' history of the Military.

Nicole W

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

Explore at your own pace. Talk and listen to veterans with experience and knowledge of the Midway add to the overall experience.

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