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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Charlotte, NC
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81 reviews
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“Great volunteer guides”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

When you first come aboard the aircraft carrier, there's a station manned with volunteers who will assist you. Don't miss it: they are very helpful in explaining which of the self-guided tours are best for the interests and ages of your family/group.

Our 8- and 10-year-old grandsons had extra fun sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet! :) I especially enjoyed the lunar capsule and accompanying radio transmissions. Hubby liked the deck filled with all sorts of aircraft.

Admission price is a little steep ($18 for ages 12+ and $11 for the kids) but it can be an all-day adventure. Snacks are available on board and restrooms are scattered throughout the ship. There's even an air-conditioned theater with a continously running movie, if you need to cool off or rest your feet for a little while.

Note for the motionsick: this ship is very stable. No rocking at all. It is permanently docked in the harbor. :)

Visited June 2012
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Finksburg, Maryland
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“Aptly named!”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

We visited the USS Yorktowne Aircraft carrier museum the day before Independence Day and we truly felt we were seeing a great slice of American history.
The ship is awesome and the layout of tours is great.
What we truly enjoyed the most this day before July 4th, was talking with the volunteer Veterans who were all over the ship and so willing to talk about it and share it's (excuse me, "her")history! They were all so friendly and so passionate about the ship's service to this country and so humble about their own service. The visit was very moving. We did not get to stay to see all we wanted to or talk to more Veterans because of another commitment, but i would love to go back.

Visited July 2012
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Charleston, SC
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138 reviews
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“Great for history buffs and kids.”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

Patriots Point is a great place to visit, especially for history buffs and families!

Visited July 2012
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Raleigh, NC
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“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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“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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