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USS LEXINGTON, Corpus Christi

Categories: History Museums, Military Facilities, Museums, Tourist Spots
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Known as the Blue Ghost, USS LEXINGTON saw service in the Pacific throughout World War II. The ship's name recalls a much earlier war, the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Lexington. The ship was decommissioned in 1991 and opened as a museum. Much of the original ship has been restored using salvaged materials from other ships. It received National Historic Landmark status in 2003 and is permanently docked and open for viewing. Check out interactive displays, such as the MEGAtheater, similar to an IMAX, that is installed in forward aircraft elevator space. Use our Corpus Christi tour planner to visit USS LEXINGTON on your trip to Corpus Christi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you are interested in WWII history or military history, this is a must see. You get to walk around much of the aircraft carrier. The flight deck has many aircraft on it from WWII up to recent times...  read more »
  • This aircraft carrier is a huge floating museum that will amaze you!! Plan to spend at least a full morning or afternoon to see and enjoy this. There are many flights of stairs to take as you go from ...  read more »
  • If you are a history Buff....this is a must if you are in the area...the flight deck is full of aircraft from WWII up to today's military aircraft....I enjoyed it... 
  • I had so much fun walking around on the ship! There is a cafe inside that serves the basics (chips, drinks, etc) so that was very nice and convenient. There's also a theater that shows a navy/marine mini doc, that was pretty cool (both for the doc and the a/c). It is definitely worth a visit especially if you like history.
  • The Lexington is an incredible experience: it's the oldest surviving aircraft carrier and served extensively during World War II. You can spend hours and hours exploring this ship's many decks, admiring its construction and enjoying the detailed exhibits set up inside. The volunteers here are great and kind people, and many have served on this very ship. It is really an amazing opportunity to be able to relive the experiences of those who served on the Lexington, and see what their daily lives were like.
  • I am not a huge history buff but I do like all things military. Let me tell you, this place really surprised me. It was a super enjoyable self guided tour. Very very interesting to see so many parts of the huge ship. The history actually interested me as I read all of the cards and info boards. The planes on deck and below were very interesting as well. If you like anything about history or military give this place a try it was great fun! Just be aware there are some narrow stairs and corridors to go down.
  • Incredible place to explore. You can move the massive guns on the sides of the ship. There's information of how everything works and you go to engine rooms and control towers. Consider the closing time so you have enough time to see everything. I wouldnt go to Corpus Christi for this, but if you're passing by its a must!
  • I loved it! I am in scouts so I got to spend the night because sometimes scouts will be able to stay on the ship, it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hot, but I had a great time, and apparently there are ghosts on the ship and I have a fear of ghosts and I felt fine sleeping on a ship with ghosts. There was a flag ceremony first, then we had dinner. There was a scavenger hunt that you could do and you had to go all around the ship and it was awesome! If you go to the game room, you would be relieved because there was air conditioning. People write in the bathrooms though like on one bathroom stall light someone wrote, LEAVE, they all make me laugh. you get to bring a sleeping bag to lay on a mattress they provide on a metal bunk bed, I stayed on the top bunk on my bed (top was the 3rd bunk and I I think my bunk number was 72) which was right next to the door that lead to the stairs. The captain who was leading would say over the intercom: I hope you have a good night sleep. You will not be woken 'til Seven hundred in the morning SHARP, see you tomorrow. (Just like that). they turn off all lights on the ship 15 minuets before bedtime, and at bedtime, they would turn off the lights where you were sleeping except near the door, where there would be red emergency lights. I tried listening to music on my phone, but I was 618.5 miles away from home and near the water so I had no connection bed time was at 11 P.M. Central Time and I could not sleep until 2-3 A.M. because every one was talking there was a water fountain down there that was cold but every 5 minuets it had to make the same stupid noise for like 1 1/2 minuets. The captain woke us up at 7:00 A.M. and woke us with the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song (I love SpongeBob SquarePants so much, it is my favorite TV show, LOL) we ate breakfast then had flag, then soon we got to go home. I had a wonderful experience and I would love to do it again!
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