Sunday, July 29, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit The USS Lexington

We went to Port Aransas, Texas for a few days and decided to head to Corpus Christie to check out the USS Lexington. I did this years ago with my husband and agreed to do it again because I know he enjoys it since he's a military guy and all.


I recommend it, because there's lots to see and do.


Here are reasons why you need to explore the massive aircraft carrier.









1. You can put your kids in jail and check out the ship in peace.




I'm kidding. Well, I mean, you CAN put your kids in jail, but then you have to take them with you. Sorry.



2. The history is fascinating. The ship served in World War II and spent 21 months in combat. She destroyed many enemy aircraft and ships. Unfortunately, soldiers died while fighting for our freedom.



All the people who served on the boat were heroes.



3. The movie Pearl Harbor shot some scenes on the ship.



Apparently this wall was used in the film. There are other sections that were used to. Remember the Doolittle Raid? The airplanes took off on the USS Lexington's deck.



4. There are tons of fun photo ops.








5. You can interact in the exhibits!






Granted, no one will talk back to you, but it's still fun to imagine how it would have been.



6. You'll get a workout.



There are tons of stairs. You got up and down, up and down. I was close to 10,000 steps on my FitBit when we were finished.



7. The ship is haunted.



There's been ghost sightings and with the history of the ship, I'm not surprised.



8. You can check out the deck full of aircraft.











9. The kids can walk the plank if they're being annoying.





I was too petrified to do this.



10. You can pretend to fire the giant guns on the side of the ship.






(Fun fact: Natalie bonked her head on one and was like, "These things are heavy!" They are. Soldiers had to have muscles to move them.)




There are other exciting things to do that we didn't, like check out the 3D Mega Theater and go on the Flight Simulator (you pay extra for that.)




The USS Lexington opens from 9-5. I recommend getting there close to when it opens to avoid crowds. We spent several hours on the ship so if you have impatient kids, it's probably not the place to take them.



There are places to eat on the ship, but we weren't impressed by the selection, so I recommend the restaurant Blackbeard's, which is nearby:






Have you ever been to the USS Lexington?



41 comments:

  1. I love this post! My Great Uncle GW saw combat on the Lady Lexington during WWII. His legacy of service inspired me to join the Navy myself. Thank you so much for taking us on this tour of the ship.

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  2. This looks like such an interesting and historical place to visit! This is awesome. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Now this is what I'd enjoy doing; visiting USS would absolutely kill my curiosity for haunted places. It's even more intriguing that it's an aircraft carrier!Definitely seems so massive!

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  4. What a great place! It's full of history! I am sure you all had a great time!

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  5. Very interesting! It looks like a fun place to visit. We have been on the Intrepid, but no other aircraft carriers.

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  6. This would be so much fun to visit with the grandkids. My grandsons would want to explore every inch of the USS Lexington. What a great way to spend the afternoon.

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  7. I would love to check out the ship! I like anything to do with history and when you can see the actual part of history and touch it it makes so much more real.

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  8. I would love to go! We have this place called Battleship Cove near me and the USS Massachusetts is there, a submarine and a smaller battleship - all for one price.

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  9. You had me and lost me with leaving them in jail and then having to take them with me. But you got me back with hauntings and food and photo ops galore. Yay!!

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  10. Oh my goodness!! I spewed coffee through my nose when I read #1. I was totally unsuspecting this one!

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  11. I've visited the USS Yorktown many times and always discover something new each time.

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  12. My family would enjoy this ship. It would be fun to climb the ladders and see how things look on a Naval ship.

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  13. What an interesting place! I'd love that deck with aircrafts! My kids would love all of it.

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  14. This seems like an awesome vacation. I would love to take my kids to visit, I think they would love it and learn something as well.

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  15. I think it's an awesome thing to do with the family or with your spouse or friends! It's really worth it as well because you get to learn so much about the history and the people who once operated it.

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  16. This seems very interesting. There's nothing like an experience full of fun and learning all wrapped up in one.

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  17. I have actually never been to Lexington but I think it sounds like a fun place to visit! Thanks for the heads up!

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  18. I've done a ship tour like this before. I can't remember the name of the ship, but its off the coast of San Diego and it was so neat learning about the history of that particular ship and seeing all the fighter jets they could fit inside it. It was also really neat to see how they lived every day life aboard the ship and to see their lodging and how they did their jobs.

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  19. haha I love the part about putting kids in jail ;)

    This looks like a good place to spend a day with kids.

    Loved reading about it.

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  20. Wow love your photos! I visited this place as a kid and I still remember it till this day. Definitely the perfect place to take your kids!

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  21. What a fun way to experience history! You guys covered so much ground on that ship (nearly 10k steps!!)

    By the way...I would have skipped the plank, too. :)

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  22. This is definitely a great historical trip to take with the kids. Love the fact that they filmed some scenes of Pearl Harbour there!

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  23. We went there few years ago and we had a blast. It's a great place to take the kids, they learn a lot.

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  24. You had me sold at kids in jail. This looks like it was such a fun experience for all of you.

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  25. I have never been to this ship, not even heard of it. But it's fascinating to know that this ship served in the Worlds War. I am extremely overwhelmed by huge things. And, this one really amazes me.

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  26. I've been to a war ship before and loved the experience. There's so many things to see and learn. This ship is so huge. Looks like you guys have a great time.

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  27. A War ship is thrilling in its own right. But the USS Lexington has so many experiences to offer. So many photo ops and so many experiences kids would love too.

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  28. My husband is a huge history buff so I bet he would really enjoy visiting this site. We should take a vacation to this area one day.

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  29. My husbands grandfather actually served on the USS Lexington and I toured it back in the early 00's. It wasn't until we saw your post on Facebook that we realized that the ship I toured in Corpus Christi was the ship that his grandfather had been on!

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  30. This would make an excellent homeschool field trip for my son!

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  31. Wow a trip to this ship would be really incredible.
    Looks to see, learn about and look at. How fun. - jeanine

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  32. My dad would love going there too. He was so fascinated with aircraft carriers and all kinds of naval ships going back to world war 2.

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  33. It's nice to go to places where it is full of history and learn plenty of things from the past. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun during your visit there.

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  34. There's so much history here, definitely educational. Great place to bring children to learn about history and patriotism.

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  35. Wow a trip to this ship would be really incredible. Looks like you all have an amazing time. Love your photos!

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  36. Visiting places like these are great where you can learn plenty of things. I bet the ship looks amazing and also the aircraft.

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  37. The deck full of aircraft must be so impressive! I love visiting places with that much history and things to see!

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  38. looks like a great way to learn while having a fun time. would love to take my son here!

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  39. My family and I went to visit the USS Lexington for the first time last year and I have to say it was awesome! These is so much to look at and lots of information. We even had a chance to watch the 4d movie on under water animals

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  40. Both my son and husband would love visiting here it's just not close enough to us so I will have to add it to our Bucket List of Cities to visit in the Future.

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  41. If i ever had the opportunity i definitely would visit, what an incredible place

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