History comes alive when you step aboard the U.S.S. Lexington, a 16-story, 33,000 ton Naval aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943.  Our children loved exploring the ship, particularly the aspects of sea life to which they could relate such as the berthing rooms (where the sailors slept), dentist's office, sick bay, and chapel.  They were enthralled with the hands-on cock-pit exhibits where they could push buttons, flip switches, and let their imaginations take flight.  Our eldest son (6) and Dad were fascinated by the 20 vintage aircraft and the enormous anti-aircraft twin-mounted guns on the flight deck.  The movie shown in the on-board Mega Theater "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag" was truly awesome.  We all left the Lexington with a better understanding of and a deeper gratitude for the men and women who serve in our armed forces.  Texas Family Travel recommends that every Texas family make a trip to Corpus Christi to visit the U.S.S. Lexington.

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