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“If you have the chance to sleep on board, do it!”

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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Raleigh, NC
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103 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“If you have the chance to sleep on board, do it!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

What a cool experience! We went with the scouts and our whole family greatly enjoyed it. The museum kept all of the scouts busy and the flight deck tour guide made the different planes come alive. We even had good meals in the mess hall!

Visited June 2012
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Lacey Springs, VA
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Too much to see..”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

if you enjoy military history, go during cooler months as it gets stinkin hot there in the summer. The amount of things to see and the feelings you get being on an battle hardened carrier are hard to put into words...HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Visited June 2012
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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“nice visit”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

The tour of the Yorktown will involve a lot of stairs and inside the ship is NO air conditioning..Check the weather The trip and tour of Ft Sumtner is well worth the time...watch of dolphins

Visited June 2012
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Troy, Michigan
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Doesn't disappoint”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Wasn't our first tip here, but it was for our five year old. He was beside himself with excitement. Loved watching him. Ate in the galley this time. Had. Gret meal! Kids loved the experience.

Visited June 2012
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Go early morning!”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

If you are going to take the tour during the summer, go as early as you can during the day. The ships get hot, and there is no shade on the upper deck. We toured the ships with two small children. They seemed to enjoy climbing around on the ladders and in the plane, but tired quickly. I would recommend seeing the ships if you only have a few days in Charleston. It is well worth the heat! And just so you know, you will have to pay to park at the ship. In June 2012 it was $5 just to park your car.

Visited June 2012
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