Many units of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard have called San Diego home for more than
75 years. Today, with seven bases in the county—
including Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace
of naval aviation, and Camp Pendleton, the Marine
Corps’ most populated West Coast installation—
more than 160,000 active duty personnel, reservists,
veterans, and families reside in San Diego.
Climb aboard the USS
Midway Museum and
create a once-in-a-lifetime memory exploring
the longest-serving U. S.
Navy aircraft carrier of
the 20th century.
Air & Space Museum
USS Midway Museum
AT TRACTIONS AND SITES
On the USS Midway Museum (910 North
Harbor Drive, downtown), imagine life aboard
one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Explore each level—from engine room
to control tower—and on the flight deck, peek
into aircraft spanning World War II to Operation Desert Storm. Adult admission: $19; youth:
$10; free for active-duty military.
The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command
Museum (1600 Henderson Avenue,
Building 26, west of Old Town) highlights
Marine Corps history in the 20th and 21st
centuries and the Marines’ presence in
Southern California. Free and open to the
public with valid photo ID.
Discover memorabilia and artwork depicting
the service of veterans at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center (2115 Park Boulevard). Located in the historic Naval Hospital
Chapel on Inspiration Point in Balboa Park,
the center includes gardens honoring veterans
of the air, land, and sea. General admission:
$5, free for active-duty military.
Located on MCAS Miramar and open to the
public, The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (T-4203 Anderson Avenue, Miramar) is
dedicated to preserving Marine Corps aviation
history. More than 30 aircraft are on display as
well as an exhibit honoring women in the Marines from 1918 to the present. Free admission.
View aircraft and artifacts significant to
America’s history of flight at the San Diego
Air & Space Museum (2001 Pan American
Plaza in Balboa Park). Overhead, see an F- 4
Phantom. At ground level, spot the Apollo 9
Command Module. In between, spy aeronautic items ranging from John Glenn’s stopwatch
to framework from the ill-fated USS Macon
airship. Adult admission: $18; children: $7; free
for active-duty military.
Visit the Veterans Memorial on Mount
Soledad, located in La Jolla. Which displays
more than 3,000 granite plaques that honor
veterans from the Revolutionary War to the
current conflicts in the Middle East.