Why is the USS Midway the biggest thing in San Diego?

My family and I visited the USS Midway a few weeks ago.  I wish to thank our docent, Joe Veraldi, for the wonderful job that he did to help us with our tour.

For people not familiar with the USS Midway, it is a decommissioned United States aircraft carrier that today serves as a museum.

Upon graduating from college, I served for three years aboard the USS Midway.  Serving as an Officer of the Deck for those three years, I spent more time on the bridge of the Midway than I spent on land.

Bridge of the USS Midway 1972 Jay Wren
Jay Wren, Bridge Watch, 1972

Here is the view of the bridge today.  Our docent, Air Force veteran Joe Veraldi, is in the background in the red shirt and red cap.

Jeff Wren Bridge View
Photo Credit Jeff Wren

Why is the USS Midway the biggest thing in San Diego?

For two reasons.  First, it is the most popular tourist site in the city.

Joe Veraldi said,

“We had over 1.4 million visitors last year, and we are well on the way to breaking that total this year.

Also, last month we were voted as the #1 Naval Museum in the country! Every day is a great day on the Midway.”

The second reason that the Midway is the biggest thing in San Diego is that the ship is twice as large as the largest building in the city.

The ship is the length of three American football fields plus 101 feet.  At the angle deck the ship is 100 feet wider than the width of an American football field.

Aerial view of the USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, Google Maps

Most of the docent are retired military service members, many of whom served on the Midway.

Seeing everything on the ship will fill a day.  The museum curators have restored nearly the entire ship to its original condition.  From the bridge to the boilers rooms, everything is there to visit.

The museum  has 19,263 reviews and counting with an overall rating of 4.5 stars .

The Midway offers self-guided toursdocent tours, and facilities for private events.

Thanks again, Joe Veraldi.  You did a wonderful job!