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“Overnight trip with Cub Scouts”

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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Great attraction for the naval enthusiast or family history lesson. There are 3 main attractions: battleship, aircraft carrier and submarine. We stayed for an overnight with the Cub Scouts and our experience was a little more in-depth.
Unless you are are a real Navy enthusiast, 3-4 hours is enough time to explore with a family. Our boys loved the freedom of exploring the ship and enjoyed the videos of military action involving the 2 ships. Both are showing a lot of wear and some of the displays are very worn and outdated- none of the interactive elements that are becoming more prevalent at other museums. The regular day staff were helpful and informative.
For Scout groups-
• The "camping staff" involved with the scouts were less than friendly and fairly unorganized. A few of the other reviews said there were cuts in staffing and it showed.
• There is a mandatory and fairly ridiculous fire drill at 9:45 each night.
• The movies are interesting but again, outdated.

Overall a great place to spend a few hours- not a whole day. There is a lot of walking, climbing, etc. - not for small children, strollers or elderly.

1  Thank bmttrips
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Great place to visit and see an old submarine and flight carrier. Plenty of parking space and nice staff

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

A little on the pricy side like most Charleston attractions but a must see if you are interested in US military history. We met a chaplain who was an original passenger and helped christen the carrier. He was full of info and and a hero in my book. Many original planes to see thru the lifespan of the carrier.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

How can you not enjoy a visit to a place that has the oldest surviving US aircraft carrier? We really enjoyed the tour of the Yorktown. The different tours on Yorktown were well marked and the routes easy to follow; some ship tours this is a problem. The tours could be better with more interactive information that better explains what went on in certain parts of the ship. The Yorktown was all I thought it would be and worth the visit. The submarine however, was a different story. It is in terrible condition and it doesn’t have any interactive signage. I have been on many submarine museums and this is the worse by far. Patriot’s Point is a great place to visit just by what is there, but management needs to do a better job up keeping what they have.

Thank ben17a
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We had a great time, it was really windy and cold but once we made it to the Yorktown we were like kids in a maze. It burned a lot of energy for the kids climbing stairs and seeing how their grandfathers lived while at sea. The submarine made us realize that "tin can" is really what it feels like. We didn't make it on the battleship.The Viet Nam exhibit looks like it was in progress, it only took a few minutes to walk through. Had a fun day, lots of walking and climbing steps :)
It is really as much or as little as you want to learn, we could have spent two days there if we really looked at everything on the aircraft carrier. Beautiful scenery from the flight deck overlooking water ,bridge and Fort Sumpter. We bought the 20 dollar picture they take when you walk in, it is in a nice folder and has one big picture and 3 smaller ones with the aircraft carrier in the background.

Thank vexxed
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