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“Naval History On Display”

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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Simpsonville, SC
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30 reviews
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“Naval History On Display”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Patriot's Point (in Mt. Pleasant, SC, across the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston) consists of three floating exhibits, namely: 1) the USS Yorktown (CV-10), a WWII through post-Vietnam era Essex-class aircraft carrier; 2) the USS Laffey (DD-724), a WWII through post-Vietnam era Sumner-class destroyer, and 3) the USS Clamagore (SS-343) a WWII through post-Vietnam era 'Guppy' class submarine.

Allocate plenty time for your visit as there is plenty to see. Get your exercise in before arriving to tour the exhibits because much of your time will be spent climbing ladders throughout the three vessels (stairs, steep stairs in Navy parlance). There are some 30+ aircraft from the carrier's periods of deployment on display on the hanger and flight decks. Pretty much all areas of the ships are available to tour at your leisure. Abundant descriptive and historical material abounds for your reading pleasure and education.

Land-based exhibits portray a Vietnam era support base and a memorial to those cold-war era submariners who, during tense times, continued the legacy of the 'silent service.'

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum - Amazing”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

One can easily spend a half day or full day at this well organized and beautifully maintained museum complex. However, I only lasted for about 2 & 1/2 hours. This was our first visit to Charleston and one can only experience a limited amount in two days. There is so much information in the way of the displays and exhibits that it is difficult to fully appreciate in one visit. There are incredible opportunities to explore fantastic spaces throughout the carrier Yorktown, destroyer Laffey, and submarine Clamagore. The aircraft displays are fantastic. The Congressional Medal of Honor exhibit is superbly done and quite moving. I will be revisiting this site again. It deserves multiple visits. Good for children, families, or just adults. One of the Fort Sumpter Tours leaves from the nearby dock and this would be a good opportunity to do both - certainly a full day but worth it.

Visited December 2012
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“Really neat”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We left from Patriots Point to do the Fort Sumter Tour. After the tour we left the park and drove around the area (Mount Pleasant and Isles of Palm) to have lunch. We came back and did the tour of the USS Yorktown. It was really nice. People were friendly and informative. If you want to do both Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown allow for a full day.

Visited November 2012
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“Nice, history-filled day.”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Great, interesting way to spend the day. Yorktown is BIG and you can do as many or as few of the self-guided tours as you like. Destroyer Laffey is there also. Make sure to watch the History Channel film on board. We wanted to take the boat tour over to Sumpter, but missed the last tour that day. Get there early if you want to do it all!

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Sauble Beach, Canada
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“Once in a lifetime”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

How many of you reading this have explored an aircraft carrier? We hadn't and it was top gun. You are able to visit all areas of the ship as well as helicopters and jets on the flight deck. There is a submarine (claustrophobic after the aircraft carrier!) and a destroyer. Plan to spend a good 4 hours if you want to experience them all. We used a Groupon coupon for 2 for 1. Parking is extra and they will take your picture upon entry and try to sell it to you upon exit (sound familiar?). You may want to consider the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina a lovely short walk away. (Groupon!) You will leave having gained an appreciation for the lives of the sailors - especially the submariners!

Visited November 2012
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