USS Lexington, Corpus Christi, Texas

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The USS Lexington is a decommissioned ship of the United States Navy. It is parked at a dock in Corpus Christi, Texas. This grand ship has been turned into a Museum, named USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. The USS Lexington is a World War II aircraft carrier.

The ship is open for tours daily, except for major holidays. It opens at 9am and closes at 5pm. Any tours aboard the ship are self guided with a map and information pamphlet offered at the ticket counter. The ship does have steep stairways, so visitors are recommended to have non- skid soles on their shoes. There are some areas for handicap and wheelchair accessibility, but some rooms may not be reached. Parking is $3.50 a day or free for members of the museum. The boat is located in the Corpus Christi bay near the ship channel and close to downtown. Admission pricing is $12.95 per adult, $10.95 for seniors or Military, and $7.95 for Children unless they are three or under. There are group rates. Those in a wheelchair can enter for free, since much of the exhibit is restricted.

Private parties are welcome to come to the museum as long as previous arrangements have been made. There are group rates based on the size of the party. There are also overnight camping options for groups. The overnight stay will include a guided tour of the ship, a movie at the MEGA Theater and two trips to the chow line. Guests will bunk in the crew quarters and a flag ceremony is held. The tour will discuss the past of the ship including the Kamikaze attacks and why the ship was named the "Blue Ghost.'' Tokyo Rose called it the "Blue Ghost'' during the war.

The evening begins at 2pm with lights out at 11:30 pm. The next time guests are up at 6:45am and depart at 10am. There are two night programs that can be attended with advanced notice. Regular visitors to the ship are able to get into the Flight Simulator for a few thrills. It is possible to see what flying is really like as the pilot. The simulator cost $180,000 and was offered by Flight Avionics in Britain. Sixteen passengers can take the ride at one time. It has hydraulics to lift the machine, as well as onscreen footage. The flight simulator is $4 per person in addition to the entry price of the museum.

Anyone who remains on the ship for lunch can stop at the Mess Deck Cafe. Hamburgers, snacks, Pepsi products, and other foods are provided for a fee at the cafe. To round out the trip is the onboard ship store. A variety of different souvenirs of time spent onboard the USS Lexington can be purchased. Shirts, flags, hats, and patches are some of the main souvenirs. Christmas items are provided in the fall and throughout the year like ornaments. The Mega Theater has a movie each day for guests to enjoy.

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