Guided Tours

Get behind the scenes and hands-on!

We offer two unique group tours for visitors: our Flight Operations Tour, where you’ll take part in the operational sequence of a naval aviator, and the Hard Hat Tour – a deep exploration of 15 different areas not on the public tour.

Flight Operations Tour

A true adrenaline rush, you’ll see what it’s like to be an aircraft carrier pilot! It’s a hands-on experience you’ll never forget.


Book your Flight Operations Tour

$ 50

Per Person
Call or Email to Book

361-888-4873 ext. 307 or 800-LADY-LEX ext 307 or Tour Reservations

Reservations are required in advance
Tours last three (3) hours and are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9am
Six Person Minimum. Must be at least 10 years of age.

Flight Sequence

Ready Room Briefing

Ready Room Briefing:  Feel the excitement start to build as you get briefed and trained on everything you’ll see and do on the Flight Deck!

Catapult Launch Procedure

Step into the boots of the Flight Deck personnel and experience the rush of working with these powerful warbirds on the deck of the USS Lexington!

Primary Flight Controls

Primary Flight Controls (Pri-Fly): Learn all about the specialized roles and equipment that the aviation team utilizes to control flight operations aboard a floating aircraft carrier!

Aircraft Recovery Procedure

Aircraft Recovery Procedure: You know how the crew launches the planes off of the ship. Now it’s time to learn how they get them back onboard safely!

Hard Hat Tours

The tour includes areas from the 02 level to the 6th deck, lasting 3-4 hours. The tour will include climbing steep ladders, confined spaces, dimly lit or dark compartments. Guests will be provided with a hardhat and small flashlight. Guests should dress comfortably and wear rubber-soled shoes.

Book your Hard Hat Tour

$ 50

Per Person
Call or Email to Book

361-888-4873 ext. 307 or 800-LADY-LEX ext. 307 or Tour Reservations.

Reservations are required in advance.
Tours available daily based on availability.
Six Person Maximum. Must be at least 8 years of age

Areas on the Tour

  • Secondary Conn
  • Forward Battle Dressing Station
  • Forward AFFF
  • Forward Diesel
  • Brig
  • Damage Control Central
  • Gyrocompass Room
  • Fireroom #1
  • Power Shop
  • Power/Rewind Shop
  • Bomb Elevator
  • Scullery
  • Magazine
  • Ordnance Shop
  • Aft CHT
  • Galley
  • Laundry

Action & Exhibits

Flight simulator. 3D MEGA Theater. Pearl Harbor. The action never stops, with endless features and exhibits to give you a true naval experience!

Join Us

Want to be a part of our team? We’re always seeking volunteers! Or join us by becoming a member and get exclusive benefits!


Ready to come aboard? The USS Lexington is open year-round, seven days a week for touring and special events.