The USS Midway started service in 1945 and for over a decade was the largest ship in the world. It was the first carrier to operate extensively in the sub-arctic and served in Vietnam as well as Operation Desert Storm, among others.
There are quite a few nice aspects of this museum and tour. You pay one entry fee and it includes an audio tour. That means they give you a headset and player. When you are in front of a particular display you play the number that corresponds to that area and the player plays the facts about what you are seeing. The USS Midway also has some volunteer ex-military on board to explain things too. That is nice. Our friend Bob is retired Navy and was on board a carrier. It was nice to have him as a tour guide aboard. He was telling us stories that you would not normally hear.
It’s easy to spend an entire day here exploring the various passage ways however, we all were getting a little hungry so we decided to walk down the pier to get lunch.
After lunch we explored the rest of the pier. A little ways down the pier from the USS Midway is the San Diego Maritime Museum. This part of the pier is filled with historical ships from the 1800’s on up. Although we didn’t go aboard any of these ships, we were able to enjoy them from the docks.