Group Tours are for groups of 15 or more visiting during normal hours of operation. Visitors who make an advanced reservation for a Group Tour will receive a discount at admission but will otherwise get all the benefits of a daytime guest! Daytime visits are mostly self-guided with docents stationed in the Hangar Bay and Flight Deck to answer questions. Following a brief safety orientation, visitors are free to explore the many passageways, compartments, and decks of this historic ship.
Group Tour Add-Ons
Enhance your group’s experience by selecting any of the following options on your reservation form:
- Guided Tours
Many of our Docents are veterans of the USS Hornet or other aircraft carriers. Let them escort your group throughout the ship and share their personal stories. $30.00/hr per docent, minimum 2 hours (1 docent suggested for every 20 people)
- Flight Simulator Rides
Experience the thrill of being launched from the Flight Deck of an aircraft carrier in an F/A-18 jet fighter on a desert strike assignment with our 15 seat Flight Simulator. Special group rate $5.50/person per ride with advance reservation
- Lunch in the Officers’ Mess
Eat lunch in Hornet’s Officers’ Mess! With advance reservations, catered lunches are provided in an Officers’ Mess with a one-hour room reservation. Please refer to lunch order form for options and to place orders. Prices vary. Lunch orders must be submitted one week in advance of your visit and are non-refundable.
To reserve a Group Tour, please download a Reservation Form. After completing your Reservation Form, you will receive a tour invoice via email and will be asked to download the following Tour Tips & Safety Rules (.pdf), also found on your Reservation Form, to share with your group.
The basic tour is called “Tour at Sea” and the average time for this program is 2 hours. You may add a private docent to your tour and the rate for the docent is $60.00 per docent and the ratio is 1:25.
The ship opens at 10:00 am and shuts at 5 pm. After your guided tour you are welcome to stay as late as you want.
New Security Policy
Please Note: All backpacks are subject to search by our Security Team.
To add the Flight Simulator to your tour it is an additional group rate of $5.50 per head.