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“Impressive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of USS LEXINGTON

USS LEXINGTON
2914 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78403
800-523-9539, 361-888-4873
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Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Military Bases/ Facilities
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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Buda, Texas
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I really enjoy military history so this is something I loved. The ship is in excellent condition and it is really interesting to see how the sailors lived.

Visited September 2013
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“Very interesting....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I love WWII history and military items. This is a nice side trip when in Corpus, skip the video on board as it has nothing to do with the Lexington or anything else for that matter. You can easily spend 3 hours here walking on all the different decks and compartments, reading the historic literature and viewing the old pictures.

Visited September 2013
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“Really good.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

First off, this ship is big. I mean, it's really big. Prepare to spend a good three or four hours there at a minimum. There is a flight deck with around fifteen aircraft exhibits and then as you venture further down into the ship you'll see all the officers' quarters, the sick bay, several exhibits about other ships in the fleet, the engine room and much more. One or two small areas are currently closed for refurbishment, particularly around the bridge area, but this won't stop you from exploring - the only real difference is that you may have to exit the way you came in rather than via a different route. At the moment, they are also in the middle of installing an escalator up to the flight deck (after having climbed up there earlier I guarantee this will be a very welcome addition!) and part of the hangar deck is curtained off for restoration work on an aircraft.

There is also a cinema currently showing a 3D feature named "Rescue". Normally I don't rate these short films at all, but this one was surprisingly engaging. It was about the crews of various aircraft and ships who went to help out in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. It's only about twenty minutes long, so I'd definitely recommend you watch it if you get chance.

The tour is self guided, so you can move along at your own pace. There are a lot of narrow, steep stairs and the air conditioning is a bit sporadic at best. A few areas are icy cold, most are blisteringly hot. You can only consume food and drink on the main hangar deck and not in any of the exhibition zones, but I would strongly suggest that you take a bottle of water and take the time to rehydrate when you exit each area because it does get extremely hot and humid.

Travelling between the display rooms, you'll find that you walk down a lot of corridors with no exhibits - this really gives you a feel of what it was like inside the ship before it became a museum. The route is clearly signposted and will take you in and out of a variety of different spaces as you progress along it.

Good points: feels authentic, enthusiastic volunteers to talk to you about the exhibits, loads to see and do.

Bad points: very hot, a lot of climbing and walking.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Worth
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“Vettes & Jets on the Lex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Absolutely great ! No complaints
Make sure you take comfortable shoes and be in good physical shape to tour this ship Great historical experience.

Visited September 2013
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Allen, Texas
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“Visit only if Interested”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Okay, if you have an interest in history, military history, military aircraft and the Navy this will be your place to visit in Corpus Christi. I visited the USS Lexington because it's one of the things you do when you first vist Corpus Christi. I completed the self guided tour in less than one hour. The narrow steps and winding corridors nearly brought on an anxiety attack. However, if you have children or an interest this may be your thing.

Visited September 2013
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