The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum is located in downtown San Diego at Navy Pier. Visitors to this historic warship can view restored aircraft above and below the deck, along with exhibits and displays about the massive ship. Tickets are inexpensive, but you can save a few dollars with discounts.
After boarding, you will be offered a headset for a self-guided audio tour, or you can head off on your own to explore this massive warship at your own pace. For first-time visitors, we recommend using the audio tour.
The walking tour takes you through berthing spaces, the forecastle, engineering, mess hall, officers quarters, flight deck, and finally, the Captain’s Bridge. Allow at least 2 – 3 hours to explore the entire ship. Veterans and volunteers can be found throughout the ship to answer questions and share their stories about the USS Midway.
The view from the 4-acre flight deck is amazing and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of downtown and San Diego Bay. This trip is a fun adventure for kids and parents, so next time you in San Diego, check out this really great museum.
USS Midway Nearby Attractions
After you tour the USS Midway, another fun activity is to take a harbor cruise. San Diego harbor cruise boats take you out to Point Loma, where you can view warships docked at North Island Navy Base.
Adding to the nautical theme of this day trip is the adjacent San Diego Maritime Museum. This wonderful museum has one of the largest collections of historic ships in the country.
San Diego Kiss Statue
Located adjacent to the USS Midway, the 25-foot sculpture depicts the famous photograph taken on V-Day in 1945 of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. Don’t miss the opportunity for a fantastic photo op below the famous statue of “The Kiss.”
Another popular activity is to Take the Coronado Ferry across San Diego Bay. The ferry welcomes pedestrians and cyclists and drops you off at the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace.
If you are visiting from Oranges County or Los Angeles, the Midway is within an easy walking distance of the San Diego train station. Amtrak runs scheduled service to San Diego seven days a week. Leave your car at home for this day trip.
USS Midway Discount Tickets
Tickets to the USS Midway are very reasonable, considering how much theme parks charge. Tickets can be purchased online that offer a small discount through several websites.
- USS Midway online tickets. Print and Go Tickets.
- Go San Diego Card includes the Midway and other San Diego attractions.
- Costco sometimes offers USS Midway discount tickets – check your store.
- Take a look at the USS Midway website – for current promotions.
As you can see, there is plenty of things to do and see in and around the USS Midway. The museum is a fun and educational place to visit while in San Diego and a perfect destination for a day trip.
Arrive early; the parking lot fills up fast on weekends. USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum 910 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, California.