My family spent a full day on the Midway Museum and hated to leave. One could easily spend an entire day below the flight deck (and out of the sun) exploring the ship and listening to the fantastic audio tour. Definitely get in line for the "Island Tour" early - it takes you up into flight control and the bridge. Although the tour runs to a tight schedule, the docents are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. On pleasant days, one could spend hours on the flight deck looking at the aircraft and listening to the audio tour go into each craft in detail. It gets windy up there, so watch your hat! The cafe is small but a fantastic place to have a fairly affordable meal with a panoramic view. NOTE: the inside of the ship is tight and low, with lots of steep stairs, slim hatches, and low-hanging obstructions. So watch your head! The interior is NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible - even the open passages go through numerous hatches en route. However, the entire flight deck and aircraft display area on the hangar deck are wide open and rollable. Take water - it can get warm below decks and you'll be doing a lot of walking. Audio tour handsets are available in English, Japanese, and Spanish. The flight simulation, which follows an actual combat mission, was worth the added cost. The gift shop offers more than the usual touristy souvenirs, with books and programs on naval history, San Diego history, and aviation.
Posted: 10/02/2009 • Link to this review