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“Visiting the Lady Lex”
Review of USS LEXINGTON

2914 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78403
800-523-9539, 361-888-4873
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Military Bases/ Facilities
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Visitors can tour the most highly decorated aircraft carrier of World War II, now a floating museum since its retirement after 48 years of service, a... more » Owner description: Visitors can tour the most highly decorated aircraft carrier of World War II, now a floating museum since its retirement after 48 years of service, a longer tour than any other ship in the U.S. Navy. The 16-story "Blue Ghost" displays military artifacts and more than a dozen aircraft, and visitors can explore the vessel, watch a video, and try a flight simulation. « less
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Fort Worth
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“Visiting the Lady Lex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

A great experience for both the history buff and the casual history visitor. There are five self guided tours available. Each is devoted to a different part of the ship; such as, the outside flight deck with the 20 historic aircraft on display. So if time is an issue, you can chose the tour that would be of the most interest to your group. Just opened before our visit was a new scale model Gallery of Warbirds and Warships . This exhibit was extremely well done and will be expanding in the future. On their web site, there is a list of model donations they are seeking for this exhibit. These models were done by master craftsmen from all over the country. Also, loved the 3-D movie on the assistance given during the Haiti earthquake. The USS South Dakota ship model were amazing sitting on the Hanger Deck. It is 30 foot long. The original ship was 680 feet long. Pay parking is available across the street, and they run a golf cart type of transport between the ground display to the ship's entrance, which is handy since that is a long walk.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Nice set up you can get a ride up and down the long walkway to the boat (sounds silly but remember it is HOT down here). They have 5 tours set up, took about 2 hours to go through the tours and look around for some souveniers. Enjoyed by all from 8 yrs old to 46 yrs old.

Visited June 2013
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El Paso, Texas
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“Kids liked it too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

A great time filler before check in time at our hotel. We're not accustomed to the heat and humidity, but even then, some parts were air conditioned so we had some breaks from the heat. I'm a history buff, so maybe this review is biased. I loved it. Love the planes, love being able to see the types of ships my dad worked on, love the Pearl Harbor exhibit. The movie was so-so, the flight simulator was so-so. I like the self guided tour, gives you time to read and enjoy yourself. The kids were allowed to play on some stuff, and they LOVED the anti-aircraft guns. Overall, I suggest this to anyone who enjoys history or needs to kill some time before going to the beach.

Visited June 2013
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Must see for World War II buffs. Self guided tours with access to many of the ship's levels. Great piece of history.

Visited June 2013
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Salt Lake, Utah
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“Navy's in Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Even though my husband was on a carrier when we met, I am still amazed and awed whenever we visit one of these ships. We had our 7 year old grandson and he was totally fascinated. He wanted to see every nook and cranny of this ship and I think we did! The 3-D movie Rescue was wonderful (it was about the rescue efforts during the Haiti earthquake) There was lots of helpful staff to answer questions and the displays regarding Pearl Harbor were terrific. I cannot say enough it was just a great experience and one not to miss no matter your what your age. They do Live Onboard and have all kinds of programs.

Visited June 2013
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