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“A Good Place to Lose Track of Time” 5 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, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Good Place to Lose Track of Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

No matter which warship you're on, you cannot help but imagine the lives of the sailors. For the submariners, the doldrums of a long patrol, cruising on the diesels, punctuated by the harsh call for a crash dive. On the destroyer, keeping watch on the horizon, shepherding the battle group, then going on the hunt for that ghostly swish of an enemy sub's propeller wash. Lastly, on the carrier, on edge watching for that hook to snatch the arresting gear, followed by a mad scramble to get the fighter parked, secure chocks, and help get the pilot out. Yes, you can lose all sense of time here. And it will be time not wasted.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

If you are into military history this is a must. The carrier and destroyer both saw action in WW2 and its awesome to be on ships that helped win the war. The destroyer was hit by kamikazes. There are tons of military planes on the flight deck and hangar bay of the Yorktown. The submarine was also interesting to tour. The medal of honor museum was a plus as well.

Visited February 2013
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Bolton, Connecticut
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“Nostalgia trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Having served aboard the USS Yorktown 40 years ago this was a real treat. The displays are well done and informative. I was disappointed that so little mention was made of the Vietnam Era service of the vessels. It seemed the shipboard maintenance was significantly below US Navy standards. Perhaps it was because I visited off-season. If you served aboard any of these ships this will be a real nostalgia trip.

Visited January 2013
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LaGrange, Georgia
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“Great Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a great place to visit! The Navy ships there are very interesting to go onboard and see. My husband served on the USS Laffey 50 years ago and I got to see firsthand how his life was onboard this Destroyer. Thanks to all of the volunteers who put in so much hard work to make this possible.

Visited February 2013
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“Very cool to See.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We decided to visit on a rainy day. Most of the tour is inside the ship so it didn't hinder our experience too much. It was very cool to see the inner workings of a aircraft carrier, a battleship, and a submarine. If you are into history this will be a good trip for you. They also have the Medal of Honor museum aboard the Yorktown. That was a humbling tour through our nations finest heros. They have plans to constuct a seperate building on the property to house the MofH museum soon. Good way to spend a day, rainy or otherwise.

Visited February 2013
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