2018-03-01 / Attractions

The Lady has a past

The Lady Lex at berth in Corpus Christi. The Lady Lex at berth in Corpus Christi. An engine room exhibit is the newest feature on display at the USS Lexington on the Bay, the retired aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi.

The exhibit, which opened on Jan. 31, spotlights “the heart of every ship,” according to Debbie Crites, marketing director at the Lexington.

“Valve pumps, soot blowers, sight glasses and more from the ship’s engine room have been reconditioned in showroom condition,” Crites said. “Children will be able to touch and see how they work.”

The exhibit includes two holograms and a talking mannequin.

The USS Lexington was the oldest working carrier ship in the United States Navy when it was decommissioned in 1991.

“The Lex,” as it is known, has a 910-foot flight deck and held a crew of about 3,000 service members during World War II.

Docked at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi, the vessel has 20 restored vintage Navy aircraft on the flight deck. Also accessible are many other parts of the ship, including a theater, post office, barbershop, hospital and captain’s quarters.

Smart phone tours in English and Spanish are available on tour routes.

The Lex is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Admission is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors age 60 and over or military with ID and $9.95 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free, as do members. The Lexington’s Web site address is www.usslexington.com.

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