USS LEXINGTON Museum On The Bay
If the sheer size of the aircraft carrier USS LEXINGTON doesn’t drop your jaw, the adventure inside definitely will! All who board this WWII era Essex class carrier will marvel at her enormity and revel in her legend.
Up every ladder and down every passageway, stories of heroism and liberation unfold. Wartime sights and sounds pull you into the action of combat at sea. From the F-18 Hornet on her Flight Deck to the Dental Clinic and the Engine Room below, the Blue Ghost is a monument of naval history.
Located in the Number 1 Elevator Pit at the forward end of the hangar deck, the three-story tall MEGA Theater screens epic 3D films in unprecedented scale. After a BIG movie, the detailed miniature collections of the Warbirds & Warships Scale Model Gallery will restore your balance. Also on the action-packed 5 tour circuit are the Air Traffic Control Center, the new Missing Man POW Exhibit, the Machine Shop and the Pilot’s Ready Room. Stop for a photo opp in the Foc’sle at the Pearl Harbor exhibit that served as the backdrop for the 2001 blockbuster movie. For those feeling really adventurous go below deck and behind the scenes for a Hard Hat Tour where you will be able to explore over 15 different areas not on the public tour.
An Arsenal of Adventure
|USS LEXINGTON Museum On The Bay|
From bombing raids to dogfights, WWII planes were piloted into dangerous missions. Get a close up look at 20 authentic warbirds and newer fighters like the SBD-3 Dauntless, the TBM-3E Avenger and the Blue Angels FA-18 Hornet. You can imagine the thousands of harrowing landings and takeoffs from the flight deck as LEX fought from Tarawa to Tokyo. And feel the explosive power of the 5” guns when you climb into the massive 60 ton turrets knowing they could fire a 55 pound projectile over nine miles.
Get in on the Action
If venturing through the twists and turns of the lower decks or stretching out on 120,000 square feet of Flight deck is not enough adventure to indulge your inner thrill seeker, attempt the Virtual Battle Stations or Flight Simulator. The Virtual Battle Stations test your skills and tactics in Air-to-Air Combat, Carrier Landings and the Ship’s Gunnery. Need to experience the thrill of flight from the pilot seat? Board the Flight Simulator and strap in for simulated air-to-air combat.
Chow and Provisions
A day of oversized adventure may leave you famished and parched. Stop by the Mess Deck to replenish. Nearby on the Hangar Deck, you’ll find USS LEXINGTON collectibles for sale at The Ship’s Store. Take a little piece of this big ship home with you.
The journey into our past, aboard the USS LEXINGTON, is one for all generations. Bring the whole family and explore this National Historic Landmark on the shores of Corpus Christi Bay.
Open Daily at 9am on North Beach
Private Functions and overnight youth campouts available.