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“A "Don't Miss" for history buffs”

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A "Don't Miss" for history buffs”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

Seeped in history with enough to do to take up 8 hours, if you wish, but allocate at least 3. Medal of Honor Museum is worth the trip all by itself. Go up on the carrier deck and see the vintage planes. Most of ship is not handicapped-friendly - up and down, through hatches, etc.

Visited May 2011
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Buchanan, Georgia
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“Nice step back in time . . .”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

Patriot's Point is just that, a point for patriots of the United States to visit and reflect on how much our military has progessed and given to us. The Medal of Honor museum is second to none and gives an exhaustive look of those who have received the Nation's highest honor. I enjoyed the fact that there are many volunteers who really add to the experience by giving their own accounts of service on the carrier - at least there were when we were there. I didn't like the deteriorating status of some of the areas - but this is a non-profit and they can only afford to do so much. Definitely a kid-friendly attraction and one any airplane buff / navy buff will certainly enjoy!

Visited February 2011
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34 reviews
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“Lots to see and learn”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

Really enjoyed touring the Yorktown. It's huge, with lots of great information. Also fascinating to see the Vietnam camp recreation. Take your time and enjoy the experience.

Visited November 2011
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“The Aircraft Carrier tour is a must!”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

I have lived in Charleston for 35 years, and I am still amazed by the USSYork Town. So many examples, stories, and little known information make this a worthwhile tour while in Charleston.

Visited December 2011
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North Carolina
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“Great for Scouts”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

We traveled to Patriots Point with our Cub Scout pack in Oct. 2011. We had known about this trip for a year and I was so excited about going. I believe I was more excited than some of the kids were. This was going to be a great opportunity for myself as well as my son and the other kids in our pack. We did the weekend campout. For $80, we got to stay 2 nights on the ship and actually sleep in the berthing areas that the NAVY sailors slept. Had breakfast, bag lunch, supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning. There was a lot of history to be seen and learn about on the ship. This will definitely be an every 2 year trip as long as my son stays in Cub Scouts. This is a great value and a life time experience. Not many people can say they have slept on an actual aircraft carrier.

Visited October 2011
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