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“Patriot's Point”

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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$21.99*
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit
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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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Give yourself a couple of days for this. We only had enough time for Yorktown and ferry ride over to Ft. Sumter. We so wish we had more time to see the rest of the exhibits. Yorktown is well worth the visit.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown is docked at Patriots Point and it is an amazing vessel. The self guided tours are a bit of a challenge if you have trouble climbing steep stairs but it is amazing to see the living and fighting conditions our fathers and grandfathers lived in for months at a time.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

I went on a weekend that was pay what you can, I could understand normal prices being too expensive. It was during the winter when tourist season was down so I guess they wanted to get the numbers up. I've seen some reviews that say the ships are in bad shape, I noticed some rust, but also that they were doing work and it didn't take away from the experience. Spent hours on board, went from engine room to the bridge, can imagine it'd get very hot during summer, though they do have an elevator (albiet limited access to the tours). Read up on the history of the destroyer Laffey! Amazing the attacks it survived.

Also, where comfortable shoes and the girls probably won't enjoy short skirts, very steep ladders to climb up and down

Thank Ben B
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Self guided tours of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) were very good and the displays were logically thought out. It was easy to imagine the lifestyle of those who took the mighty ship to war. $15.00 with military discount.

Thank waldosgone
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We toured the USS Yorktown. We did a self-guided tour. It is lengthy and you must watch your step and your head. You also need to pay close attention to the arrows showing you which way to go. As you make your way it is easy to imagine how life was for all the sailors on the carrier in WWII. I loved it but my wife felt a little sick as we neared the end of the tour.

Thank crackerman1981
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