Also known as “The Blue Ghost,” the USS Lexington is the most popular attraction in Corpus Christi. Walk from our hotel to tour this Essex Class aircraft carrier built in 1943 at the Massachusetts Fore River Shipyard more than 2,000 miles away. Originally called the USS Cabot, the ship was renamed after a carrier named USS Lexington sunk in the Coral Sea. The Blue Ghost played a vital role in World War II and in the Vietnam War, setting more records than any other carrier of its kind in the history of naval aviation.
Just one year after being decommissioned in 1991, the USS Lexington came to Corpus Christi, thanks to a robust fundraising effort and a strong showing of community support. Today, the USS Lexington is docked just a five-minute walk from the Radisson, welcoming visitors from around the world with educational programming, an on-site 3D theater, a gift shop and plenty of popular exhibitions.
USS Lexington has been the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for many years running and is rated #1 of 103 things to do in Corpus Christi.