My family group of 8 visited Patriots Point in July 2014 and it was a great experience. We were able to explore the aircraft carrier, a destroyer, and a submarine. We catered mostly to my sons' pace. Since they are 6 and 3 we covered a lot of ground but didn't take a tour and weren't able to read a lot of the information. There is much wonderful information to learn from the three vessels, and you can take as little or as long as you like. My boys were amazed at the WWII planes inside the carrier and wanted their picture take with each one. We went into the theater on the ship and watch a video of actual footage taken during WWII. The boys thought that was amazing. Afterwards we went up to the runway and saw the more modern jets. Papaw, Daddy, and the boys (and me with the camera) went up and down, and through many parts of the ship where the boys could touch and feel the gears, handles, seats, etc. After a picnic lunch, the boys went back to explore the submarine. One thing to remember if you are going to visit in the summer, especially in July and August, is that it is extremely hot inside and around the ships. They are not air conditioned. Do not let that deter you from going, but bring lots of water comfortable clothing and shades! My boys, even my big boy (my husband) said that it was their favorite part of our Charleston trip, and they have asked to go back. I would highly recommend a visit to Patriots Point for families.
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