USA, Corpus Christi – In the Waves
First, we will please fans of the military, because we will take you to the gigantic aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which first set sail in 1943 to become part of the Battle of the Pacific. Because of its dark blue camouflage paint, it was nicknamed the Blue Ghost. The myth of the ghost was even helped by the fact that in one battle the Japanese thought they had sunk an aircraft carrier, but later it appeared elsewhere.
This 250m ship still serves today, but only as a military museum. Other important objects are historic aircraft, original cabins, various models, or even a captivating 3D film about air combat. In addition, you can use the services of a guide, and if you are a true enthusiast of the navy, then you must not miss a four-hour tour that will take you to the very heart of this colossus.
Once we start by the water, we can continue smoothly to the local Texas State Aquarium, which will captivate with a rich and engaging example of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. We especially recommend paying attention to Living Shores, an exhibition that includes a piece of the shores of Laguna Madre in the heart of Corpus Christi, where you will see, among other things, seahorses and crabs. Probably the most popular, however, is the huge tank with dolphins.
Water and great beaches around Corpus Christi are also associated with one of the most popular water sports, surfing. And if you want to learn about surfing, there's no better place than the Surfing Museum, which proudly documents the history of this pastime in the state of Texas. You will see, among other things, hundreds of photos, surfing equipment, learn about various attractions and you can also watch a movie. All this will surely put you in a great mood to try surfing on your own.
There are many places in and around the city and it is definitely no problem to hire an instructor if you are going to climb the board for the first time. You can start, for example, in J. P. Luby Surf Park. Admission to the beach is free and the west or southwest wind is constantly blowing on the coast. The Bob Hall Pier area is also very popular, but there are usually more people. Renting a surfboard costs you about twenty dollars a day. Other beaches where you can surf are South Packery Beach, Newport Pass Beach or San Jose Island.
If you don't feel like surfing, but still intend to stretch your legs, try the Corpus Christi Bay Trail. On this 14km route you can both walk and ride a bike.
Text: Maxim Kucer
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