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
Discover rich maritime history of the Lone Star Coast! Shipbuilding, fishing, sub chasers, Spanish gold, French adventures, lighthouses, and more. Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 6-12 $3, 5 and under free. Tues-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 1-4pm. 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport. 866-729-2469
Exhibits represent 20 different Hispanic countries. In the Lichtenstein House in Heritage Park, 1617 N. Chaparral. Tues-Sat 10am-2pm. 361-879-0336
Home to twelve beautiful Victorian homes the oldest built in 1851. Guided tours Mon, Thurs & Fri 10:30am-noon, $6, 12 under $2. 361-826-3410
1870’s French Empire mansion open for guided tours. Located 3 miles north of Rockport, on Fulton Beach Road, Tues- Sun. 361-729-0386
Featuring ancient shipwrecks, the famous Columbus Ships and an array of live reptiles from alligators to turtles, this museum offers hours of fun with tours and activities. Tours one of the Columbus Ships, the Pinta for a walk back in time. The Spanish 1554 Padre Island Shipwreck contains gold and guns from the oldest scientific excavation in the Western Hemisphere. The convergence of Spanish, French and European cultures in South Texas is revealed in the LaSalle Odyssey story, Karankawa hunters-gatherers and ranching. The Children’s Wharf has interactive, bilingual activities. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Closed on major holidays. Senior/active military discounts, Children 4 and under and members are free. 1900 N. Chaparral. For more information 361-826-4667, www.ccmuseum.com.
A large collection of Oriental art. Heritage Park. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, $5, Students $3, $2 under 6.
Since 1972, the gleaming white walls of the Art Museum of South Texas have been a landmark on Corpus Christi Bay. Designed by Philip Johnson, the three-level facility is constructed of poured white concrete and shell aggregate. An addition, completed in 2006, designed by Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico City, doubled the Museum’s size, and includes galleries for the Permanent Art Collection and traveling exhibits, a Museum Store and a cafe overlooking the ship channel. Currently on exhibit: 100 American Ceramics from the Collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Closed on major holidays. Admission is $6; seniors/active military $4; under 12 and members free. www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org. 361-825-3500