Can you provide a merit badge workshop for my Boy Scout troop?
Potentially. Our Education Department’s STEM team is currently working on becoming certified BSA instructors. At the moment, they may be able to provide Aviation and Space Exploration merit badge workshops upon advance request but will otherwise be posting workshop information later in the year on our Upcoming Events Calendar page.
Can you provide for dietary restrictions?
The caterer for our overnight program can provide vegetarian meals (which we ask our groups to make note of on their roster). We recommend that any people with food allergies, who are gluten-free, or who are lactose intolerant, or require otherwise specialized meals bring their own dinner and breakfast. We have a refrigerator and microwave that can be made available during meal times.
What are the sleeping compartments like?
Our overnight guests get the unique opportunity to sleep in our ship’s original enlisted sleeping compartments! This does mean that it will be very much like group camping in one large room and individual family groups will share a single compartment, though there will be room to spread out.
What do we need to bring?
When you make your deposit, you will receive our General Information Packet (.pdf) which includes a list of items to bring. The most important things to pack, however, are: sleeping bag, pillow, good walking shoes, a water bottle, flashlight, and jacket. Please do not bring any unnecessary electronic items, anything flammable, or any weapons.
Is it alright if some members of our group arrive late/leave early?
Yes! We just ask that your group leader is alerted to all people who need to arrive late or leave early and that this information is relayed to the staff member assigned to your group! We have a Security Desk stationed at the top of the ship’s 2nd gangway who will monitor the door for the duration of the event and make it available to guests as needed.
How far in advance is a reservation needed?
All reservations are required at least one (1) week before your planned visit.
What is the rate for a basic Field Trip?
The rate per student is $5.00 and adults are $8.00. The booking teacher and bus driver are free. Other specialty EDU programs have different pricing.
I am a home school or BSA troop; do I qualify for Field Trip Rates?
Yes, you may make a reservation as a school.
Can my class bring lunches and eat onboard?
You are more than welcome to bring lunch onboard the Hornet. We can store your lunch for you and we have several areas for your students to eat onboard, including our Officers’ Mess and Flight Deck. Please remember that backpacks are not allowed except for medical purposes.
How do I add the Flight Simulator?
To add the Flight Simulator to your tour, it is an additional $4.50 per head. All of this can be added to your invoice. The ride is six (6) minutes long and holds fifteen (15) people at a time. These arrangements need to be made before your group’s arrival. The height restriction is 38 inches.
My class is disabled, what are my options?
For information on disabled access please visit our Explore page
What parking is available and can a bus drop off classes on the main pier?
The USS Hornet Museum has a huge parking lot adjacent to the pier where you may park for free. If you have a bus, the bus is allowed to drop off in front of the ship, but it must return to the main lot and park there.
What happens after I fill out or make a reservation?
After you complete your reservation form, you will receive an estimated field trip invoice via email. The payment is due upon arrival, but you are more than welcome to pay in advance if you choose. We do except all major credit cards.
How do I organize my group when we arrive?
When you arrive, it is recommended that your group meets on the pier and you enter the ship as one group. Since you have a tour invoice, we require one (1) form of payment from the tour leader.
How long is the tour and how much are private docent rates?
The basic field trip is called “Field Trip at Sea” and the average time for this program is two (2) hours. If your class is more than fifty (50) or you are visiting on the weekend, private docent fees may apply. The private docent school rate is $40.00 per docent and the ratio is 1:25.
How early can we arrive?
The ship opens at 10:00am; however, you can visit in the afternoon as well. After your guided tour, you are welcome to stay as late as you want. We do close at 5:00pm.