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“Lavelles and Danielsons Coaster To Board the U.S.S. Midway”
Review of USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The USS Midway Museum is San Diego’s newest visitor attraction, this real naval aircraft carrier offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. Guests of all ages can enjoy a self-guided audio tour featuring 60 exhibits highlighting this “city at sea” and 25 restored aircrafts. Explore galleys, officer’s country and sleeping quarters of a 69,000 ton ship, naturally located in Navy Town USA, a visit to the Midway is uniquely San Diego!
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Oceanside, California
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“Lavelles and Danielsons Coaster To Board the U.S.S. Midway”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Travel by train from Oceanside to San Diego Harbor using the Coaster proved an excellent way to engage in discussion and view the coast line (while beating traffic). Embarcaderro offers many interesting sights and an opportunity to view the U.S.S. Midway. Personally, I was very, very, emotionally moved in a postive way to appreciate all the sacrafices and the cost the servicemen and women endure 7/24/365 to keep us all free as FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, and comes at too high of a cost too pay too many times. Seeing the nuclear powered aircraft carriers docked across the bay and watching a superyacht dock on the port side of the Midway provided a contrast. Worth every penny and would do it again.
With greatest appreciation and admiration for your service,
Robert James Lavelle Monday June 24, 2013.

Visited May 2013
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Oceanside, California
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“Day With The Danielsons”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Decided to take a day off with friends, Dr. and Mrs. Danielson, from San Francisco Bay Area by riding the Coaster Train from Oceanside to San Diego Bay and then toured the U.S.S. Midway within walking distance from the Santa Fe Train Depot. Had lunch at our old haunt Anthony's on the embarcaderro just the Monday prior to Mother's Day and it brought back college memories and taking my mother, Rita Adell Lavelle Registered Nurse working graveyard shifts at Mercy Hospital for 12 years and former Navy Nurse during World War II previously taking care of U.S. Marines and Navy sailors then marrying Dr. Patrick James Lavelle and raising 8 children all 1 year apart.
After an excellent meal with "Steve" our attentive and excellent waiter, we walked south to board the U.S.S. Midway. The personnel aboard were very polite and informative and security is very, very, tight and is just the way one would expect during time of war. The ship was immense and impossible to take in during just one visit. Filming of a movie was in progress so we could not enter the main bridge, but the flight deck with all the different aircraft used to accomplish specific tasks seemed a mile long. As we viewed the main bay from the bow, the superyacht "LUNA" was spotted arriving and docking on the port side. After googling it, we found the owner to be a Russian shipping billionaire who apparently spent millions to purchase the superyacht. It needed a crew of 40 to sail her into port and has two helicopter pads.
By comparison, the U.S.S. Midway is bigger, faster, can land jets, planes, and helicopters, while in support of over 1000 personnel that can defend an entire country from any threat for decades. It is clear that the United States got much more than their monies worth as "Freedom Is Not Free". One gets a real sense of what life must have been like for the sailors and soilders that volunteered in all the wars to defend the United States and our allies and their families that they left behind, sometimes forever. One comes away with admiration and respect for every servicemen and women for their dedication to serving this country and the impossible missions they undertake as part of a "daily routine". From their efforts, one quickly realizes how precious a gift life is and gains increased inspiration to re-double one's personal committment to God, Country, family, and loved ones to defend and protect them from harm at all costs and make each momment count as if it were your last momment on earth. For my Father and Mother U.S. Navy WW II and brother, Patrick James Lavelle Cpl. U.S. Marine Corps (killed in action at age 19 in Viet Nam during Tet Offensive Feb 2, 1968) and all U.S. servicemen and women, "THANK YOU" for your dedicated and professional service that provides us the freedoms we enjoy and many times take for granted.
Left the U.S.S. Midway and walked south and then east towards Petco Park. Such a tremenodous contrast with high rise condominums, restaruants, Convention Center, nuclear powered aircraft carriers Nimitz, Enterprise, Carl Vincent, Ronald Regan all calling this home. Had dinner at Donnovan's Restaraunt and again excellent service from hostess, waiter, and chef. Walked back to board the Coaster back to Oceanside and made a memmories for life.
With greatest admiration and respect, Happy Mother's Day 2013.

Visited May 2013
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Longview, Texas
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“Good self-guided audio tour”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

It was interesting to see how people lived on an aircraft carrier. There were retired service members giving talks and answering questions, and that was very interesting.

Visited June 2013
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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“Must see Military Museum”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Went to the USS Midway with my wife and two boys (age 9 & 14). Fantastic experience which I highly recommend.

1- Does a fantastic job of giving you the history of the Midway while keeping it interesting and entertaining for everyone, including kids.
2- In addition to touring the various areas of the ship, you can sit in cockpits of actual flight simulators and see a dozen or so jets and planes on the flight deck.
3- They have free audio tours for all areas of the ship including a special program for kids.
4- Also have a very fun flight simulator game (this costs $8 a person extra).


We spent 2 1/2 hours and could have spent another hour or two. Also, if you're going to be spending several days and seeing a number of attractions, I recommend you consider the San Diego GO card. We bought it and saved a lot of money (Sea World, Zoo, harbor cruise, Midway, Belmont Park).

Visited June 2013
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SF Bay Area
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“A must see in San Diego”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The USS Midway is a must see for just about anyone.

The Tours are self guided (you wear headphones and a receiver) which was great. You can move at your own pace. The ship looks to be in fantastic shape. There are over 20+ renovated aircraft onboard covering the span of her service.

We spent 4 hours on it and the only thing we did not do was see the pilothouse etc which is an actual guided tour. We will definitely be back to finish the tour on our next visit to SD.

I salute the over 200,000 sailors that were stationed on the USS Midway.

TIP: Costco has e-tickets available online or you can get tickets at the SD Costco.

Visited June 2013
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