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WWII carrier is now a floating museum

Now a floating museum on the Corpus Christi Bay, the USS Lexington is open year-round.

Now a floating museum on the Corpus Christi Bay, the USS Lexington is open year-round.

Get up close and personal with one big piece of World War II history when you visit the USS Lexington Museum, a retired aircraft carrier. The “Blue Ghost” as it was known during World War II, is available for touring at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi.

The Lexington was the oldest working carrier ship in the United States Navy when it was decommissioned in 1991. It arrived at Corpus Christi Beach in 1992.

The vessel has a 910-foot flight deck, the size of about three football fields, and held a crew of about 3,000 service members during World War II.

The Lex has 20 restored vintage Navy aircrafts 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 daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Spring Break. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Labor Day through Memorial Day. It closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day.

General admission is $18.95 for adults 18 and over; $16.95 for seniors age 60 and up and $16.95 for youth ages 13 to 17; $14.95 for members of the military with ID; and $13.95 for children 4 to 12. Children 3 and under get in free, as do members. Parking is available for $5.

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