USS Midway Museum was a fun place to visit. It would be a good place to take kids as well. Buy your tickets online and if you go right when it opens you get a 5-10 minute head start :) They have a self guided audio tour. The audio device has a speaker but if you bring headphones the you don’t have to hold it to your ear. The audio tour is very well done and they have both adult and kid narrations. It was a great tour and was really neat to get an inside look at an aircraft carrier.
The Midway is definitely a cool place to visit once. I wish the $10 parking fee would go to the city and not a private parking company; I could probably justify going a little more if that were the case. That said, I did enjoy seeing the ship, all the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable and could explain any little detail. I definitely recommend doing the bridge tour, it's not a very long wait and offers a free guided walk through from US veterans. There are a few short seminars you can catch on the deck which offer some more history and technological facts. There are quite a few historic planes/helicopters in and on the ship (some you can go in) which are pretty cool to see up close as well. Other than the museum itself it offers a pretty good view of the harbor, which only adds to the experience.
Midway museum is a great place to learn about the exciting history of an outstanding Navy ship. The venue is clean and well cared for by the many volunteers that come in daily to lovingly take care of this ship. The docents in their yellow caps and shirts give a continuous storytelling in every part of the museum. It is a kid friendly place with hidden treasures of newly opened spaces where men and women of the Navy lived and worked during their tours of duty. Going onto the flight deck is an adventure all by itself with a historic sampling of aircraft that flew off this deck to fight our wars and bringing peace and friendship to the Pacific. This is a must see place when visiting San Diego.
This is a pretty fun tour. Although a bit in the pricey side asking $23.00 per adult. Luckily my wife found a place online and bought tickets through them for $17.00 per adult. I had hoped for a tax payer discount. There is lots of cool stuff here and the view is spectacular. We had our little kiss so I couldn’t learn as much as I wanted but just being on the big ship was a fun experience. Parking at the ship was crowded so we parked next door at the “embracing peace” statue and walked over. Overall I would recommend this tour if you don’t mind spending the extra money and if your interested in the ship or airplanes. If your not into it I would just go to The embracing peace statue and take pics from there.
Spent the night on board as a chaperone for a youth education program.(Have also visited during day) If you have a chance to do so I would recommend going, but be prepared not to sleep. The sleeping quarters are in the enlisted berthing areas. If you are claustrophobic this is not for you. No showers either. You are feed decent food, dinner and breakfast. My kid loved the food. The program is highly organized and the staff running it are awesome. You are split into squadrons and rotated around the ship to the various stations. You get to visit areas of the ship not open to the public, like the weather room and and the arresting room,that controls the trapping wire on the flight deck. Part of the package is entry the next day before the general public with discounts for the flight simulators. You get to hear stories that are not told on the regular audio tour. The program is geared towards younger kids and teens, but you do learn a lot. They also serve cookies and milk in the late evening as a snack. Be prepared for a late bedtime 10pm and early rise of 6am. You will walk approximately 4 miles the first evening, including many ladders up and down.