Naval tours offer guests the chance to gaze upon ancient war relics, learn about life during wartime, and compare and contrast self-administered anchor tattoos. Flex your way through history with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission for two to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda (up to a $30 value). Admission for kids 5–17 years old is $6 each. Children 4 and younger are free with a paying adult. The ship is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Towering above San Francisco Bay, the USS Hornet Museum commemorates the 200-year legacy amassed by this legendary aircraft carrier through an eye-fetching array of preserved naval exhibits and guided tours. A major player in both World War II and the Apollo 11 and 12 recovery missions, the USS Hornet has a remarkable history that unfolds across numerous exhibits placed across the ship. Take a self-guided jaunt across the Hornet's epic hangar deck, or nab an informed docent to navigate the ladders and low overheads of the subterranean lower decks, which covers the ship's brig, engine room, and makeshift Jeopardy set. Sightseers can gaze upon the Bay's picturesque vistas from the gear-laden flight deck before proudly saluting the carrier's fleet of antique propeller aircrafts, jets, and helicopters.
Out-of-this-world artifacts from the Apollo space missions pique nostrils with the fading scent of stardust, and an onboard flight simulator recreates a Desert Storm seek-and-destroy mission ($6 for a single ride, not included in today's Groupon).
USS Hornet Museum
Standing sentinel after clocking significant time in World War II and assisting with the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 space-shuttle crews, the USS Hornet now serves as an anchored museum where naval enthusiasts and curious citizens can wander her decks to gain insight into her past military duties on the high seas. The aircraft carrier is comprised of four levels of historical eye-candy, mixing curated exhibits with actual ship quarters such as the captain's bridge and in-port cabins. Visitors roam the ship during self-guided tours, which are often injected with wisdom from available docents or chatty seagulls. Sites include the island and navigation bridge, where the helmsman directed the ship and where the admiral conducted operations with his task force, as well as the hangar deck, with access to the ship's panoramic fantail view of San Francisco.