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3 Must-Do’s When Visiting Corpus Christi

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USS LexingtonNow serving as a Museum on the Bay, “Lady Lex,” weighs in at 37,000 tons and has a new mission, to instill pride and patriotism in the public, particularly the youth.

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uss lexington, things to do in corpus christi, corpus christi must do, battle ships in america, visiting the uss lexington, couples activities in corpus christi, family activities in corpus christi, museum on the bayTour #1 allowed us to marvel at the size of the flight deck and the number of incredible aircraft carriers on board. In order to fuel a vessel this large the USS Lex had to carry enough gasoline to drive a car around the world 132 times!? Talk about a gas guzzler.

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uss lexington, things to do in corpus christi, corpus christi must do, battle ships in america, visiting the uss lexington, couples activities in corpus christi, family activities in corpus christi, museum on the bayThe Museum even has a 3D Mega Theater featuring Fighter Pilot 3D, a Mess Deck Cafe, Flight Simulator and Virtual Battle Stations. If you want to see the ship, from bow to stern, you will want to make a day out of your visit, and for the best view of the coast, be sure to walk the plank on the flight deck!

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gifmill Kite on Padre SeashoreWe ended the evening grilling by the sea and watched as the stars grew brighter and brighter in the black velvet sky that hung above us.

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corpus christi, visiting corpus christi, things to do in corpus christi, couples things in corpus christi, camping in texas, beach camping corpus christi, spring break corpus christi, adventure in corpus christi, padres national seashore campingAs Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…” along with these 3 must-do’s, we hope our list helps to complete your visit, no matter what mother nature has in store!

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    Barbara Herring

    March 31, 2015

    Beautiful and informative!

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