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“An incredible way to spend a day!”

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976. Today the museum consists of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) with 29 aircraft on display from WWII to the present; the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner-class destroyer; and the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a GUPPY III submarine. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is headquartered here and their official Medal of Honor Museum is onboard the USS Yorktown. There is also a Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base Camp on the surrounding grounds.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The whole experience of Patriot's Point is well worth the time. There is so much to see and you will be completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the site. It is a feast for the eyes (and the camera)...ships, submarines, planes and even Vietnam jeeps, helicopters and medevac transportation. To spend time here is to immerse yourself in the past and gain a deeper level of understanding of what it felt like to be on these beasts of military equipment. SIghts and sounds abound - not to miss!!

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

While visiting Charleston we visited Patriots Point and glad we did! We booked the tour ahead of time online which saved time. We did the combo package which included the Fort Sumter tour. This however does not include parking which you still have to pay separate. There is so much to see and do I would recommend spending a day here. We started with the USS Laffey and then moved onto the USS Clamagore. Next we went on the USS Yorktown and this alone you can spend several hours exploring. On the flight deck they have numerous aircraft which just adds to your experience. I recommend you go early as large crowds were there in the afternoon. If you love history this is a must! Great for families and anyone who wants to touch history!

Thank rotyluvr
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Spent hours there and didn't see everything, loved it! The ship was amazing, seeing all the jets and planes was amazing and listening to stories of veterans was a tear jerker.

Thank shelly A
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I would go back. There was so much to see I barely scratched the surface. We were climbing all over the Yorktown. The Vietnam exhibit was also fascinating. The only drawback was there were so many school groups. The kids were loud and obnoxious. We went in the sub but didn't have the energy or patience for the destroyer.

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I love history and this was perfect to see how sailors lived, ate, slept, etc. What a sacrifice to serve their country. From airplanes in WWI to an F-18, there was so much to see. Can't ask for more.

Thank Jimmy P
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