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USS Midway Museum

910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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As featured in San Diego for young kids
Ranked #2 of 221 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ships, Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years.  Large and very impressive, it has real... more »
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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We spent about 3 hours here. Audio tour was good. Kids enjoyed it - 18 & 22. Husband particulatly enjoyed it. Parking at attraction was full but there was plenty nearby but at a price - $20! There is a Wesfield Mall nearby & Seaport for restaurants & shopping to take full advantage of the parking fee.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The museum is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't recommend it to others. The audio tour is really helpful and informative. However, most of the tour is in very stuffy and hot areas and we had a hard time breathing. We just wanted to get to the open areas so badly that we didn't get to see the... More

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Santa Monica, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

it was definitely worth the trip! Get there early, because it gets crowded. It is amazing to see how the soldiers live out at sea. The bunk quarters are so cramped, I don't know how they do it! I also found the kitchens really impressive. It is amazing how much is available on a floating city.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

A great experience and opportunity to see an aircraft carrier. We took hours touring this museum. The volunteers are very helpful and knowledgable. A lot of walking and stairs, so bring your walking shoes and watch your head.going thru doorways.

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Perth, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

As part of our US west coast holiday, travelling from Australia, we included a day trip down the freeway to San Diego from Los Angeles. Although we had a few things planned for the day whilst in SD city, the main reason for the 2 hour drive was to take the USS Midway tour, being an aviation enthusiast. I booked... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

First, NOT for anyone with difficulty walking! Also, if you suffer from claustrophobia, you have very limited choices for touring. The self-guided format is really nice and shares fascinating stories and anecdotes. I really believe the tour is worth the cost and have been to the carrier on more than one vacation to SD.

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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135 reviews 135 reviews
82 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the USS Midway. The staff was very nice and provided great insight about the ship. Neat to walk up and down the narrow ladders and see the different parts of the ship. Great experience to see the planes on board and the audio tour lets you go at your pace. A must stop when in... More

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San Diego, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This WWII aircraft carrier is San Diego's #1 tourist attraction; I can see why. It is we well done for every age group. Having former military at some exhibits to provide talks and answer questions was a real plus and enhanced to whole experience. I was with someone who usually has difficulty with stairs but, afterwards, expressed that it wasn't... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Wonderful learning experience. We toured the entire ship and especially loved the lower level. The view is beautiful from the deck as well. Both our 16 and 20 year old kids loved it as well.

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Franklin, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Big tip - if you have a baby, leave the stroller at home and bring the baby carrier. Most areas of the ship are not accessible to little ones, and it would be foolish to let them run around freely. My mother (68 years), myself (35 years) and my oldest daughter (7 years) all ranked this as our favorite attraction... More

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