I love naval ships. I have had a fascination with them since I was a child; which I am sure has to do with my grandfather who was in the Navy during WWII and served aboard the USS Rich DE695 when a mine exploded right under the ship.
From a very young age, he and my grandmother would take me and my cousin to Galveston every summer, and every summer we would visit a submarine and a destroyer escort. I was hooked from the moment I ever laid eyes on the ships.
It’s no surprise that I want to visit each one I possibly can. My husband can testify that once I am on the ship, it’s nearly impossible to get me off of it.
This was the 2nd time I had ever visited the USS Lexington aka the Blue Ghost. Each time has been amazing and awe inspiring!
So why is she named the Blue Ghost? During WWII the Japanese reported that the USS Lexington sunk four times. Each time she reappeared to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.”
When you visit you should plan to spend at least half a day there (if not more). The ship is massive and you will want to take your time and not be rushed. There is a small cafe inside to eat lunch (or if you get thirsty).
I took over 300 photos (too many to upload to this post) so here is a small glimpse of the Blue Ghost!
Plan your visit so you can see her lit up at night. Trust me, it’s worth it!
Wear comfortable shoes. She is huge and you will be climbing up and down a lot of tiny stairs.
Please watch your kids! This isn’t a place to let them run loose! This is a naval ship and with it a TON of hazards! Just because it was turned into a museum doesn’t mean that the hazards are gone. You wouldn’t believe the amount of parents we saw who let their kids just run hog wild all over the ship and some of these kids were just toddlers!
Stop at the gift shop on the way out and spend some money! Not only will you find some cool souvenirs, but, you help cover expenses not only to operate and maintain the ship but also to fund all capital improvements.
Getting There & Info
Address: 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78403
Hours: Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
Memorial Day through Labor Day 9AM – 6PM
Labor Day through Memorial Day 9AM – 5PM
Distance from Fort Hood: 268 Miles • 4.5 Hours