The sheer size of World War II era aircraft carrier USS Lexington is impressive, and yet the “floating museum” has even more to show once you step inside. At sixteen stories high, it is one of the larger ships available to tour in the world. Military artifacts and a dozen aircraft await in its interior, where exhibits tell the wartime stories from this period of history. There is also a flight simulator, 3D theater, and virtual battle stations to bring experiences to life.
The vessel was first commissioned in 1943, and ended up serving the United States longer than any other carrier in US naval aviation history. It played a major role in many battles, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. After being decommissioned in 1991, the USS Lexington became a training vessel until designated as National Historic Landmark and becoming into the museum it is today. It is the oldest remaining in tact aircraft carrier in the world.
Situated in Corpus Christi Bay, the USS Lexington is just across the water from the city and is a short drive from downtown. Open 365 days a year, it is open from 9 am to 5 pm and costs $14.95 for entry (discounted for seniors, military, and children.) Parking is available for $3.50 in nearby lots.