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“So much to see!”

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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We toured this awesome piece of history on a very hot day, yet still thoroughly enjoyed our visit! I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, as we mainly did the tour for my husband's enjoyment, as he is the history buff. It was pretty amazing to get to look around through all the inner workings of such an impressive floating museum. I really came away with a feel for what life on an aircraft carrier might be like. I enjoyed the fact that the tours were self-directed, as we like to go at our own pace. There was so much to see on board that we ran out of time to see it all. Be sure to give yourself a lot of time if you want to see everything!

Thank 123sab
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

WOW - when you see what happend on the Laffey and the Yorktown, you will want to just say thank you to a veteran. If you visit the Medal of Honor museum, you will be amazed at what people have done for our country. Lots of steep stairs to get through all of the ships. You don't have to be a WWII history buff to enjoy the experience. The size and scope - both the large size of the aircraft carrier - and the small amount of space those planes had to land on - have to be seen to appreciate it. We took the Fort Sumter tour from there so toured the sub and Vietnam area after that to break up our day of history.

Thank EV8
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Went aboard the USS Yorktown with a group of Navy Veterans who gathered in Charleston, SC for a reunion of our air squadron. We were lead to the hangar deck and then to the flight deck by a member of the Yorktown. He was very informative and give insight into the operation of the ship. They also had self-guided tours throughout the ship, including below deck. This brought back old memories of my years in the Navy as well as showed my girl friend how we lived. We eat in the ship's Chief Mess which was a good experience. I would highly recommend this tour to veterans of both carrier or air wings sailors.

Thank Paule E
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

So much to see and do here. Make sure you allocate enough time to see it all! There are a lot of stairs so be prepared to do a lot of walking and climbing.

Thank Kim098
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We got our Fort Sumter tour from this side of the river. You can park across the street for free (look for soccer field) or pay 5 dollars in their parking lot. We also took the USS Yorktown tour. It was a great tour of an aircraft carrier as well as the planes that have flew off carriers.

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