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“A Must Do for History Lovers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-2727
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Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums
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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 USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Clamagore (SS-343), the Medal of Honor Museum, 25 aircraft from WW II to present and a Vietnam Support Base. Hopefully in the near future, USS Laffey (DD-724) will return to a berth at Patriots Point
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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“A Must Do for History Lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

I had read reviews about Patriot's Point from other TripAdvisors members. I thought this would be something my husband would really enjoy. I went to the Patriot's Point website, and I was sold...and so was he! His dad had been in the Navy during WW2, so there is that personal connection. I had read from another reviewer to plan on at least 3-4 hours to fully appreciate all that is there. That was an accurate estimate. We spent neasrly four hours exploring the ship, the submarine, etc. I came away with a deeper appreciation for the men who served in our armed forces during WW2, as well as those who serve (both men and women) and protect us today.

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“An All Day Attraction To Be Enjoyed By All Ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

Retired military receive a discount for your entire party, but be prepared to show your military photo ID card if you ask for the discount. Don't fall for the picture routine as you enter, just walk around them. I wish they would not do this, because it causes an unnecessary delay for those not wanting photos taken. All ages will enjoy this place, but be prepared, it is an all day attraction. Viet Nam vets will appreciate the Viet Nam base camp display. They hit you for parking and admission, but the charges are reasonable. During Summer months, it is VERY hot down inside the ships.

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“A Great Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

I highly recommend this tour, even for those who may not be military ship enthusiasts. It was SO interesting to see SO MUCH of the inside of an aircraft carrier--most of the ship is open to the public to see. Kids would really enjoy investigating all the levels on various tours. We spent so much time wandering the ship. There is also a military museum on site, as well as a Viet Nam replica camp, a submarine, and a Coast Guard ship. A warning about the gift shop. It closes earlier than the attractions do. My husband wanted to buy a shirt, but we found the shop closed at 5:00 pm. The attraction was open til 6:30 pm, so we didn't get to go in. Disappointed in that.

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“Awesome Naval Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2009

This was a great visit for anybody with an interest in Naval history. The highlight of the tour is getting to see the USS Yorktown (CV-10), a highly decroated WWII aircraft carrier. There are 6 self-guided tours through the carrier, with the highlights being the bridge and the flight deck. The hangar deck also has the medal of honor museum, and there are several WWII through modern day naval aircraft in both the hangar deck and on the flight deck that are great to check out. You'll need at least 3-4 hours to see everything on the carrier, and the visit also includes the Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, the naval Destroyer Laffey, and the submarine USS Clamagore, all of which you get to tour through. Again, strongly recommended, and even friends/family that aren't history/navy buffs can easily find something to enjoy.

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“History and more.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

The activities are all self guided so you can spend as much or as little time as you want. The main attraction is the USS Yorktown but there are a couple of other ships and a sub that you can tour. We visited on a weekday and there were several school groups that were there at the same time. Not that it was a big deal, but if you are not a fan of having a bunch of kids running around, keep it in mind when planning.

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