Today we ventured into San Diego to tour the USS Midway, a must-do tourist attraction in San Diego.
The USS Midway served for 47 years, seeing action in the Vietnam War and Operation Dust Storm. After being decommissioned in 1992, it was brought to the San Diego Port to be turned into a museum. When they first started working on transforming the Midway to a museum safe for all ages to visit, most Maritime museums were bringing in about 40,000 people per year, which is considered to be a great number. That was the goal of the USS Midway Museum, but their total visitors per year now reach to over one million, making it the most successful Maritime Museum to date.
The volunteers at the museum are incredibly knowledgeable about the ship and you can tour through most of it, seeing where pilots would get ready for their flights, where the captain of the ship sat, and even the control tower where the Boss and Mini Boss sat to keep track of all flights within a certain radius of the ship.
The ship has three decks, all of which can be seen in an audio-guided tour that is free with admission. The audio tour is worth it if you have the time to go through slowly and see it all. We only gave ourselves 2 hours to tour the ship, but you could be there all day, reading all of the information and taking the tours they provide for free on the ship, including two presentations about the planes taking off and landing on the runway. The museum does offer a validation, so if you didn’t get to see everything the first day, you can get your ticket validated on the way out and return the next day. Not many museums will do that for you, so a perk in my book.
We would recommend the USS Midway Museum to anyone. The only downside to the tour (although I understand in keeping the authenticity of the ship) is that most of it is not handicap accessible and the steps are pretty steep, especially up to the captains quarters and the control tower. There are parts of the ship that everyone can see, with the help of elevators in places. Even if you are only able to go look from a distance, still worth the trip.
More adventures tomorrow…