USS Midway Museum
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Skip-the-Line: USS Midway Museum Entry Ticket

1. Skip-the-Line: USS Midway Museum Entry Ticket

Take a self-guided audio tour onboard the world’s longest-serving aircraft carrier, the historic USS Midway. See the carrier’s 25 restored aircraft from the days of WWII to Operation Desert Storm. Visit areas throughout the Midway, from the crew's sleeping quarters to the pilots' ready rooms. Docents are available throughout the carrier and are eager to share their stories, anecdotes, and statistics, creating a picture of just how important the USS Midway was to the U.S. Navy. Most guests spend 3 to 4 hours exploring this historic aircraft carrier and learning its history. The included audio guide, available in 6 languages, will help you explore the dozens of highlighted areas across the massive ship.  There are family-oriented activities throughout the Museum. Included are 3 types of flight simulators, music videos, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, and more. The Museum is located at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.

San Diego: Harbor Cruise

2. San Diego: Harbor Cruise

See San Diego's best sights. Learn about the city and enjoy a cruise on the bay. Depending on the option booked, this tour takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks, and marine life for a look at San Diego's scenic beauty and fascinating history. This tour’s luxury ships offer three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an on-board snack bar serving snacks, soda, beer, wine and cocktails (available for purchase). This is a great way to experience San Diego from the water.

San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

3. San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Experience San Diego's top attractions and tours and get up to 55% off combined admission with Go City's Explorer Pass. Simply choose 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 top attractions from over 45 options and go at your own pace - you have 60 days to use your pass from first activation. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway Museum. Explore more of the city with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, or kayak and snorkel in beautiful La Jolla. The possibilities are endless. Your pass is fully digital and no physical card is required. Simply download your pass directly to your smartphone or print at home. Show your pass at each attraction for quick and easy entrance. Choose from the following things to do in San Diego with the San Diego Explorer Pass: Museums and Places of Interest • San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo Safari Park (choose 1) • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass • Maritime Museum of San Diego • Air and Space Museum • Birch Aquarium at Scripps • The Fleet Science Center with IMAX • San Diego Natural History Museum • Museum of Us • Living Coast Discovery Center • The New Children's Museum • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego Model Railroad Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • PETCO Park Tour - Home of the San Diego Padres • San Diego Automotive Museum • Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown) • Mingei International Museum Tours and Activities • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-off Old Town San Diego Trolley • Living Coast Discovery Center • 1-hr San Diego Harbor Cruise by Hornblower • 90-min Best of the Bay Cruise by Hornblower • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures • Jet Ski Rental San Diego Harbor • Go Kart and Thrill Park • Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises • Plunge San Diego • San Diego Fishing Tour • San Diego Hiking Tour • San Diego Harbor: Kayak Rental or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental • La Jolla: Kayak Rental, Snorkel Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, Surf Board Rental or Bike Rental • Coronado: Kayak Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, or Bike Rental • UTC Ice Sports Center • Speed Circuit: All Access • San Diego City & Beach Tours • 1-Hour Scooter Rental • GoCar San Diego Tours 1-Hour • San Diego City Tour • Patriot Jet Boat

San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

4. San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

Your 90-minute night tour boards in Seaport Village and starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, full of vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture.   Then, make your way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., where stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glow bright at night. From Balboa Park, drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and Downtown San Diego. Then, travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo opportunity. From Coronado, make your way back to San Diego to take in the Embarcadero’s bay-front views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Museum’s Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, and Navy aircraft carriers from across the bay. The tour ends in Seaport Village, where guests are invited to the Top of the Hyatt for 50% off a glass of wine.

The Gaslamp Segway Tour of San Diego

5. The Gaslamp Segway Tour of San Diego

Get the perfect overview of San Diego’s landmarks and history on this 2-hour Segway tour. From downtown, through the Gaslamp Quarter to the Embarcadero and waterfront, we cover the main sights of the first city in California. The Gaslamp Segway Tour is a great introduction to San Diego. The Gaslamp district is where we started our business, and gives this tour its name. Get to know the historic heart of San Diego and see what makes the Gaslamp District home to the city’s most exciting events and nightlife, but there’s more to the tour than this charming quarter. Take in the impressive San Diego The Convention Center and breathe in Pacific air at the Seaport Pier. Enjoy a beautiful San Diego skyline view, see the USS San Diego Memorial and USS Midway on the water, check out the urban tree exhibit and Inez Parker Rose Garden, and much more! Explore San Diego by Segway to experience the sights and history of the first city in California.

Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

6. Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

Experience San Diego like never before, and in the upmost style, with a 2020 talking Vanderhall car. The GoCar Exotic gets 30 mph, and goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. You'll be able to see some of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer from a comfortable seat, with your car telling you all about the most important sights. From the stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, to over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and more - you'll see it all from your storytelling car. Explore the diverse and beautiful downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. You'll also pass by Little Italy, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, Bankers Hill, San Diego Zoo, Hillcrest Neighborhood and so much more.

San Diego: Self Guided E-Bike Tour

7. San Diego: Self Guided E-Bike Tour

Ride with ease to the best parts of San Diego on an e-bike. Experience the iconic sights of Downtown, Balboa, and the Old Town, with plenty of time to explore all three. See all the major attractions on a prepared route, or venture out on your own. Begin your journey in San Diego's Old Town and take your time at the Maritime Museum, known for its bold restorations and interesting exhibits. Navigate through the unique Horton Plaza Mall and the Gaslamp Quarter to make your way to the rest of Downtown. Peruse Balboa Park by foot and breathe in the fresh air and beautiful sights and sounds. Take the option to enter some of the many museums or smell the roses in the Rose Garden with over 800 different varieties. Grab a bite to eat at an authentic Mexican food restaurant after meandering through many of the city's historic buildings. Visit the spookiest location, the Whaley House, named one of America's most haunted houses. Stop and take pictures, try different foods, drink and relax, and truly discover why San Diego is America's Finest City.

San Diego: Customizable Private Day Trip

8. San Diego: Customizable Private Day Trip

This private trip is the best way to discover San Diego and the surrounding areas in a single day. Enjoy a personal driver for the day and customizable itinerary. Choose between pickup from your hotel or private accommodation, airport terminal, or cruise terminal. The first on your trip will the beautiful La Jola. La Jolla is a smart seaside area, known for its rugged coastline. Home to the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and La Jolla Cove, the town has sweeping ocean views and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants dot the walkable La Jolla Village. The next stop is San Diego Seaport Village. Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego. It houses more than 70 shops, galleries, and eateries on 90,000 square feet of waterfront property. Seaport Village is also home to the world-famous USS Midway, the naval aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum. If time allows, continue to Coronado Island that features a historic town. This place is also home to an iconic Victorian hotel and some of San Diego’s best beaches. At the end of your trip, get conveniently dropped back off at your pickup location or at another location within the designated pickup counties.

San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

9. San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

Explore San Diego with its beautiful sun-soaked beaches and fascinating cultural heritage. Take a walk with an expert guide to Santa Fe Depot, US Grant Hotel, Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Seaport Village, and USS Midway Museum. Begin the walking tour at the Santa Fe Depot, an elegant railroad station built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Renowned for its soaring towers and tiled domes, this reminder of California's Spanish heritage reflects the Colonial Revival architectural style. Admire the redwood beam ceilings hung with bronze chandeliers. Learn about the history of the indigenous Kumeyaay peoples and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's claim of San Diego Bay's discovery, some 200 years before Europeans settled the area. Head to your next stop, the US Grant Hotel, a building of Art Deco glamor that has welcomed guests for over 100 years. Famed as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the lobby is adorned with Empire-era furnishings that reflect the style of Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who built the hotel to honor his father, the 18th president. Continue to the Gaslamp Quarter, where a buzzing collection of tequila bars, taco restaurants and funk boutiques form the city’s urban playground. Next, pass by Petco Park, the sporting home of the San Diego Padres, before heading to the many eateries at Seaport Village for lunch by the picturesque century-old harborside. End the tour at the USS Midway Museum. Say goodbye to your guide and climb aboard this former US Navy aircraft carrier for a self-guided audio discovery of the life of an enlisted sailor.

San Diego: Downtown Electric GoCar Rental Tour

10. San Diego: Downtown Electric GoCar Rental Tour

Join a tour with a top speed of 75 miles an hour. Explore San Diego in a green and fun way. See the sights of downtown and see iconic Balboa Park. Embark on a tour of downtown San Diego's sights. See Spanish renaissance architecture, museums, colorful flower gardens, and a world-renowned outdoor organ pavilion. Let your electric tour take you to happen Hillcrest, home to quirky shops and restaurants. Explore an area that is home to some of the best food in the county. Experience a green and open-air adventure as you drive through downtown in a unique way. See the Maritime Museum, the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, and famous Balboa Park among other landmarks.

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What people are saying about USS Midway Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 384 reviews

This is a great way to see the sights of San Diego. The drivers are incredibly helpful and are the reason the trolley ride is so enjoyable

Loved it, needed more time. I needed at least 3.5-4 hours to really soak it all in.

Amazing experience! Loved the very knowledgeable docents!

Make sure to give yourself enough time to see everything.

Very informative and a must visit when in San Diego.