San Diego has a lot to offer its guests. There are amazing beaches, great attractions and wonderful tourist locations that are perfect for a vacation getaway. However, one of the best places to visit while in San Diego is the USS Midway Museum. Take a step into our Navel past and enjoy this piece of history.
1. Guided Tours
Hands down, the USS Midway Museum would not be what it is without the tireless dedication of its volunteers and docents. You’ll find the latter particularly insightful as many were sailors on the ship when it was in service. The stories they can tell that will enhance your experience, so keep an eye out for them during your visit.
2. Restored Navel Aircraft
Both on the outside flight deck and below in the main hangar, the Midway features dozens of restored, vintage aircraft, including jets and helicopters. For many, this section is a highlight. I know very little about these aircraft myself, so am always impressed in a “wow, neat!” sort of way. Others who know a lot more about these aircraft may find that their depth of knowledge enables them to appreciate them on a much deeper, meaningful level.
3. Flight Simulators
There are several enticingly-elaborate flight simulators available to ride in the main hangar. The cost of one ride is $16 (for either one or two people) but they are really cool. If you have dreamed of flying a military plane, make sure you take advantage of this amazing part of the museum.
4. Gift Shop
In addition to a wide variety of “Midway” logo items and toys, they also offer a selection of 1950s candies for sale near the register. This gift shop offers more than just a traditional souvenir gift, but a whole slew of different amazing things to help memorialize your trip.
5. Best View Of The Classic Navel Lifestyle
The USS Midway provides guests with the perfect insight into the life on a Naval vessel. There are many different parts of the ship that are open for guests to visit. These include the Brig, The Kitchen, The Electrical Turbines and a sentry post where a guard (now a mannequin), stationed in front of an access door to weaponry/missiles, was apparently authorized back in the day to shoot any trespasser who crossed a yellow line painted on the floor in front of him.