USS Midway - San Diego

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  1. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod Liter of Cola

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    Has anybody been to this floating museum? Looks like it would be a great time with my youngest son. How are the guided tours? How much of the ship can you explore on your own? I'd like to hear your experience. Also, how many more museums like this are on the west coast?
     
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    I did the tour, however, it's been a couple of years. I believe it was self-guided (or at least we did the self-guided tour). It was a lot of fun to walk around and see some great Navy history. I think they have opened up more areas of the ship since we have been.

    I went with my brother, who stationed on the Midway in the late '80s. I know he had a blast visiting his old home.
     
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    Not West Coast, but I've been on the USS Lexington in Pensacola and the battleship USS Alabama in Mobile Bay.....both very interesting. Also, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has a real U-boat on display....
     
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    Been on the Lady Lex when she was still a training ship. They have since moved her to Corpus Christi. The is a late WW2 Essex Class carrier
    http://www.usslexington.com/

    USS Alabama (battleship) and USS Drum (submarine) are just down the street.

    Midway is a bit larger with an angled flight deck. I'd go in a heartbeat!
    Link to USS Midway
    http://www.midway.org/
     
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    I was stationed on board the USS Midway V-1 division from 1962 - 1965. Four of us shipmates and our wives met in 2004 to walk the decks of the old girl one more time. It is awesome!!! There is more of the ship open now and I plan on taking my grandchildren in a couple of years.
    It is the longest serving aircraft carrier in history.
    You will like it!!!
     
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    Yes, I've been on this. It was a work related dinner party, out on the deck of the USS Midway. It was pretty cool to see everything. Definately worth stopping by.
     
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    Done it twice with my wife and kids. It's great and your kids will like it.
     
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    I did a tour of it when I was working in Yokosuka, Japan in 1990. Very cool.
     
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    I did a quick google search and couldn't find anything similar on the west coast between the bay area and San Diego. I didn't search very hard but I was hoping there was something closer for a short day trip. I know there is a small sub next to the Queen Mary but my son is interested in the bigger ships.
     
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    Annoyedgrunt Dry Heat my ASS

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    The tours are self-guided, for the most part. When you get on board, they give you these little headsets that guide you around the ship- basically, "Go here, check this out, this is the history of so-and-so... now, on to the next item..." like that. That's the extremely condensed version, but that's how it is.

    I went there about a year ago, and highly recommend it.
     
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    USS Batfish in the Mayor's home town of Muskogee, OK.
     
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    I was just there. We stayed about 1/4 of a mile away for a conference at the Hyatt. They were closed by the time we got out but it was great to just walk around her and look from the dock.

    BTW just off her port bow is a GREAT place to eat if you love seafood.
     
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    I did it last year with my wife and we we're both very impressed. Its amazing how big an aircraft carrier is. They have vets standing around in various places on the ship. Be sure and ask them questions, they have some interesting stories.

    The tour was self guided with headsets for the majority of the ship. There was also a guided tour of the bridge.
     
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    I took my 11 yo son a few years ago. It was well worth the time and $$. Be sure to get a photo. And if you have time, go to the Air and Space museum at Balboa Park. It is truly amazing. They have one of the only flyable A6M Mitsubishi "Zero's". All of their aircraft on static display are in flyable condition.
     
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    When I am staying at my mom's place in downtown SD I like to go for runs and my route takes me right past it. I have toured it as well. Really neat ship in Americas finest city.

    MF
     
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    go. its worth it, that area of San Diego is fun.
    also they have segway tours that are a blast...

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    I"m going to one of these days, I was on board from '89 to whenever it was in '92 in Bremerton
     
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    I was stationed on her (84-86) and toured her a couple of years ago. Well worth a visit -- there's a lot to explore.
     
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    I was on the Kitty Hawk 82-85. I waved at you when we relieved you in the IO. Or was it the other way around? :wavey:

    I'd love to go! Toured the Alabama in Mobile. Well worth the visit! I hope they make the Kitty Hawk a museum too!!