Photo of the USS Midway aircraft carrier bridge in San Diego, California. August 17, 2017

Bridge Of USS Midway Aircraft Carrier - stock photo


USS Midway Museum

San Diego

The hulking aircraft carrier USS Midway was one of the navy’s flagships from 1945 to 1991, last playing a combat role in the First Gulf War. On the flight deck, walk right up to some two dozen restored aircraft, including an F-14 Tomcat and F-4 Phantom jet fighter. Admission includes an audio tour along the narrow confines of the upper decks to the bridge, the admiral’s war room, the brig and the ‘pri-fly’ (primary flight control; the carrier’s equivalent of a control tower).

There are also air combat flight simulators ($16 for one or two persons). Some inside areas get stuffy on warm summer days: come early to avoid midday heat and crowds. Allow two to four hours on board; wear comfortable clothing; and bring earphones for the audio tour. Parking is $10.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby San Diego attractions

1. Museum of Contemporary Art

0.35 MILES

In an upcycled Santa Fe Depot baggage building, this well-respected museum presents changing exhibits drawn from a collection spanning the arc of artistic…

2. Maritime Museum of San Diego

0.49 MILES

Next to the new Waterfront Park, this collection of 11 historic sailing ships, steam boats and submarines is easy to spot: just look for the 100ft-high…

3. New Children’s Museum

0.59 MILES

This interactive children’s museum offers interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of movement…

4. Firehouse Museum

0.66 MILES

This museum preserves a historic collection of fire-fighting equipment and has exhibits depicting some of San Diego’s ‘hottest’ moments from the late…

5. US Grant Hotel

0.71 MILES

No hotel in the region can compare to the Hotel del Coronado for history, but US Grant, built in 1910, comes close. It’s on the National Register of…

6. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

0.73 MILES

The historic heart of San Diego’s Chinese community is 3rd Ave. Immigrants were once taught English and religion in the Chinese Mission Building, built in…