Not since the Battle of the Philippine Sea has the LEX come to life quite like this. The new Virtual Battle Stations are a truly interactive experience that thrusts you into the chaos and grit that was World War II. Harrowing challenges and climactic battles require your sharpest reflexes. It takes cunning tactics and nerves of steel to survive a day on the LEX. And these new Battle Stations are just a taste of what’s in store on the LEX. The Flight Simulator launches you into real combat, the MEGA Theater turns your seat into a cockpit and the control room… well… you’ll just have to see for yourself. Around every corner and down every tunnel, an adventure unfolds. The sights and sounds are so real… and so intense you become a part of the story the moment you climb aboard the USS LEXINGTON. It’s a complete interactive experience for the entire family. LEX is open daily at 9am with all areas except flight and hangar decks air-conditioned. Available for private functions as well as over-night youth camp-outs. 800-LADY-LEX, www.usslexington.com LEX. Go there.
Devoted to surf music and culture. Exhibits on Texas surfers, board makers and the birth of surfing along the Texas Coast. Home to an extensive collection of surfing memorabilia. Over 35 classic boards from the 30’s to mid 70’s. WaterStreet Market, Corpus Christi. Mon-Wed 10-7pm, Thurs-Sat 10-10pm, Sun 12-6pm. Free. 361-888-7873
Learn to surf with Quiksilver Pro Surfer Morgan Faulkner and crew at their Quiksilver/Roxy surf camps, or sign up for private lessons or a group event. In Port Aransas year round and in Corpus Christi for Saturday one-day camps. Now in their 5th year, their camps and lessons are acclaimed as among the best in the USA. Reserve your spot by calling 361-749-6956. www.texassurfcamps.com
Come. Sea. Discover the amazing world of the Texas State Aquarium. Take an aquatic journey to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience dive shows, animal feedings, and “hands on” programs. Thousands of animals (over 250 species) are ready to entertain and inspire you. Get up close and personal with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in Dolphin Bay. Look to the skies as hawks, owls and falcons soar through the Hawn Wild Flight Theater. Visit the Islands of Steel, where sharks and sea turtles live among schools of snapper, tarpon, redfish, and grouper. Enter the mysterious Amazon as you encounter poison-dart frogs, fresh-water stingrays and boa constrictors. Watch sea turtles glide in the waters of Tortuga Cay and see North American river otters play in Otter Creek. Spend time in the Living Shores, where you can really get your hands wet! With so much to see and do, what are you waiting for? Open daily. 800-477-GULF, www.texasstateaquarium.org
The Aquarium, featuring Dolphin Bay, is the number one visitor attraction in the Coastal Bend. Thousands of animals, over 250 species, most common to the Gulf, are displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits. Dive shows, touch pools, food court, playground and gift shops. Admission is $15.50: $13.95 for seniors and active military: $10.50 for ages 3-12, 2 and under free. Parking: $4.00 Open daily 9am-6pm. 361-881-1200
The 38 foot Seawolf is equipped for adventure! With a variety of custom cruises available, there is an experience ready for everyone. Enjoy a one hour bayfront cruise for just $30 per person. Or, Experience Corpus Christi’s unique night time skyline featuring water view of the USS Lexington on their mood cruise. The Seawolf has a comfortable onboard cabin, perfect for their overnight excursions. Sunset Seafood dinners with onboard gourmet meals also available. Visit www.seawolftours.com or call 361-920-0436 for reservations or more information.
For the most amazing guided tour experience, see the Corpus Christi Bayfront on a Segway. As an ‘Authorized Segway Tour’ company their entertaining guides are properly trained to make your journey with them beyond expectations. www.segcity.com 361-563-4050
Painters, sculptors and photographers flock here to record seascapes, birds and windswept live oaks. Downtown is lined with shops and galleries. Many great dining choices. Located about 35 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi, on TX 35-BS.
Located in Rockport’s Heritage District, you’ll see exhibits by local and regional artists in a beautiful turn-of-the-century house on the edge of Aransas Bay. Downtown Rockport on TX 35BS. Tues-Sat, 10-4pm, Sun 1-4pm. Free. 361-729-5519
Experience full for the whole family with bay fishing. The Phase II is moored in Corpus Christi at the People’s Street T-Head. Trips are scheduled daily. For reservations call 361-855-7089.
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
125 costumed flamingos make Corpus Christi their summer home at the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center through September 1. Flamingo Fandango, a fun-tastic exhibit of innovatively-costumed pink plastic yard flamingos–and a huge flock of naked birds—opened to the public July 1 and continues at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center through Labor Day Monday, September 1. This is the fourth annual Flamingo Fandango in the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s 180-acre mix of gardens, native habitat and natural wetlands. This year’s flock is twice as big as last year’s. More than 100 professional and amateur artists of all ages have flamboyantly “costumed” their flamingos for the best-dressed bird contest, hoping to win in one of eight categories in the event, which this year includes the VISITORS CHOICE award, so make sure you stop by to pick your favorite. The object of Flamingo Fandango is to make Corpus Christi’s warm, breezy slightly sultry summer a lot cooler. Flamingo Fandango is co-sponsored by Art for All which sponsored Dances with Dolphins in 2005. Flamingos are available for viewing during the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s regular operating hours. The display is included as part of their regular Admission For further Flamingo Fandango facts, contact them at 361-852-2100 or online at www.stxbot.org. Located at 8545 S. Staples Street.