Patriots Point Charleston – Naval & Maritime Museum

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Patriots Point Charleston (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 that are displayed on the Yorktown.

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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.

patriots point charleston pinMost 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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The USS Clamagore is an iconic Cold War–era submarine. No other Guppy III submarine has been preserved in the US.

USS Clamagore

USS Clamagore

Known as “the ship that wouldn’t die,” the USS Laffey is another popular feature at the museum. It is the most decorated among all World War II–era US destroyers that are still in existence.

The USS Yorktown—an actual naval aircraft carrier that can be explored by museum visitors  – there are several walking tours throughout the vessel so that you can see all of the living and working quarters.

USS Yorktown

USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier

Another fun option available is camping on the USS Yorktown—yep, you spend the night onboard the ship!

The museum will manage your stay and take care of all food during the camp out. All you have to do is make your reservations!

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Fun Facts about Patriots Point Charleston

  • Launched in 1943, the USS Yorktown is a naval vessel used by the American military during the Second World War. It was one of the largest ships used by the navy, complete with some of the most advanced
    equipment available at the time. It was one of twenty-four aircraft carriers built for World War II.
  • There is a flight academy at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum where kids can participate in flight simulations handled by real-life military pilots.
  • The museum is also an embarkation point for the boat ride to Fort Sumter.

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Patriots Point Charleston Information

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 

Phone:  843-884-2727

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.

Charleston South Carolina Virtual Field Trip

Week 1 – Charleston Vacations – An Overview / Quick Look
Week 2 – Downtown Charleston – 10 Pieces of History Not To Be Missed
Week 3 – Fort Sumter National Monument
Week 4 – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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