Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is a collection of four ships and twenty-five aircraft. The 888-foot aircraft carrier Yorktown is the flagship of the battle group. Destroyer Laffey, the Coast Guard cutter Ingham and the submarine Clamagore are also on display along with the aircraft.
All of the ships are open for touring. The aircraft carrier Yorktown houses the 25 aircraft on display. The aircraft carrier tour is the longest of the tours and is broken down into several sections all originating from the main interior deck of the aircraft carrier. The tour includes the sleeping quarters, dining quarters, the bridge, and other areas.
Most of the aircraft are available for viewing the interiors as well as the exteriors. The other three naval crafts are open for touring as well. The submarine tour is especially interesting….you can only imagine living in such small closed-in quarters. It makes you appreciate the armed forces.
Our family enjoyed this tour for the historical aspects of it and simply for the fact that we got to walk around these great ships. The children had a good time imaging what it would be like to be on these ships while they are out at sea.
The only thing that I will mention is that the touring can get very long and drawn out for younger children….. You might want to choose the submarine tour and only catch the highlights of the aircraft carrier. Family vacations need to take everyone into account…. so plan accordingly.
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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
The Naval Museum is open daily except Christmas from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Visit the Patriots Point web site for more information.