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“Worth visiting once” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Worth visiting once”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

At $18 each (plus $5 parking) Patriots Points is worth visiting once. I am big into Military History so I had a great day visiting the Yorktown and other vessels. Next time I am in Charleston I will see the other sights I did not get to.

Visited January 2013
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“Great Military History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was my second visit to Patriots Point and I will return. The progression of the tour from an aircraft carrier down to a submarine gives you a great perspective of World War II era technology. Great location. Views of Charleston and the Cooper River Bridge just top off the experience. Great for families and veterans alike.

Visited January 2013
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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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“Great place for the kids and adults to get a hands on experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We took our kids here and they loved it. There is an aircraft carrier, destroyer and submarine. They let you explore a good portion of each ship. It was a great hands on experience for the kids who loved walking around the ships to see what everything looked like. The only downside was that there was not a lot of explanation to what you were looking at. I think that a self guided audio experience or better signs would really enhance the experience. That being said it was still amazing to see how big these ships really are when you walk around them. I would recommend a trip.

Visited January 2013
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Chattanooga
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“Anchors aweigh!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great place to learn about heroism at the Medal of Honor museum on the aircraft carrier Yorktown. The ship is old but had its glory days and exploring the ship was very interesting. There is also a submarine and a destroyer you can explore as well. There is a large gift shop for anyone who wants to browse for all kinds of Charleston souvenirs or military-type gifts.

Visited January 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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“If you are up for a lot of walking, this is a good tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Although very interesting, this tour is for folks who can get around farily well. If you can't easily climb stairs, you won't make it from deck to deck. There are elevators available on the Yorktown (if I recall correctly, they don't take you to all of the decks) but in the destroyer and the sub you are on your own.

I thought they could have provided better or more written information in the different areas that were included on the tour of the Yorktown. I did not go on the destroyer or sub, so I can't comment on those.

I did think the $5 charge for parking was a bit over the top. Unless you are going to see the exhibits, there is no reason to go into the parking lot. And you have to pay to get into any of the exhibits. At $18 per person ages 12 and up, I thought the prices were a bit steep, especially considering the tours are self guided.

But, if Naval history is of interest to you, this is a good way to spend an afternoon in Charleston.

Visited January 2013
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