Patriots Point USS Yorktown

One of the most popular places to visit in Charleston, South Carolina is Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. This interactive museum gives you the chance to tour the USS Yorktown as well as the Vietnam Experience, the USS Clamagore Submarine, USS Laffey Destroyer and the Medal of Honor Museum. Come prepared to spend some time and do some walking as you explore and learn about naval history. This Museum experience should definitely on the top of your list of things to do in Charleston!

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PATRIOTS POINT home of the USS Yorktown

Patriots Point USS Yorktown

There is so much to do when you visit Patriots Point, but the top thing people think about is the opportunity to tour the USS Yorktown.

When you cross the Ravenel Bridge, there are clear signs directing you to where to park for Patriots Point. If you are planning to tour Fort Sumter, then you can park in the same parking area all day for both tours.. Parking is $5.00 per car and allows you to stay all day!

Patriots Point USS Yorktown

Insider tip: Purchase your tickets online so you can skip the lines and go straight through to the museum and ship experience!

Most people start their tour at the Vietnam Experience where you go through a series of interactive museums to get a feel for what it was like to be in Vietnam during the late 1960’s.

Become part of the crew, as Patriots Point brings the history of the Vietnam War to life in this fully immersive 2 ½ acre exhibit that brings Marine officers to life through holograms in an exciting 3-D production.

Set in a “Brown Water Navy” support base and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery fire base during the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sanh in 1968.

Vietnam Experience Patriots Point

This is an opportunity to climb inside the helicopters, walk through the mess hall, hear the gunfire from the bunkers and climb the guard tower.

Vietnam Experience Patriots Point

When you finish the Vietnam Experience, you will walk across the bridge and board the ships.

USS Yorktown Patriots Point Charleston South Carolina

USS Laffey

The USS Laffey is the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence. You can tour the engine room, steer the ship and experience the interactive exhibits throughout the ship.

USS Laffey Patriots Point

The ships and museums are not stroller or handicap accessible. The tour requires steps has places with uneven footing and narrow access points.

As you tour the ship, there are many beautiful overlooks of the water that make for great photo opps!

USS Laffey Patriot Point

USS Clamagore

The USS Clamagore is the only GUPPY III cold war submarine preserved in the U.S. and is preserved at Patriots Point. Right now you are able to go down into the submarine and walk the length of the sub. You climb through the doors and get a feel for what it’s like to live on a submarine. The doors are small and you really do climb through them.

USS Clamagore Submarine Doors

The ship is a preserved rusty relic that floats alongside the USS Yorktown. For someone like me who had never been on a submarine, I can’t imagine how it would feel to live underwater in this ship.

USS Clamagore Submarine

USS Yorktown

The largest museum and ship at Patriots Point is the USS Yorktown. The USS Yorktown offers many different tour options that take you through the many levels of the ship. You can follow along the tours to see the different parts of the ship and then of course you want to make your way to the main deck.

USS Laffey & Yorktown Patriots Point

The USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy and participated significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The USS Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II.

Learn about the Apollo 8 orbit and how the astronauts were picked up by the USS Yorktown in 1968.

Apollo 8 USS Yorktown
USS Yorktown Exhibits

When you make your way to the top flight deck, you will have the opportunity to see many different aircrafts that have had an impact on the conflicts that the US has been involved in. But don’t get lost in the history of the moment and miss the chance to have some fun with the kids. After all, what boy has not dreamed of being a super hero and having the power to hold back a jet?

USS Yorktown Interactive Pictures with Kids

From the end of the flight deck, you have a beautiful view of one of the most iconic bridges in South. Take your beautiful scenic pictures like a typical tourist or see if you can hold up the bridge with some fun altered reality shots!

Ravenel Bridge South Carolina Patriots Point

Connect with Patriots Point

40 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464


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  1. Wow. This looks like a great place to visit. Lots of fun things to look at and so much to learn. We will have to check it out.

  2. My entire family would love that. My husband and son love historical sites like this, and all of us love to learn about history. And, of course, A BIG SHIP!

  3. It’s so much fun when you can experience history. I’ve never been to Patriots Point, but I know the kids would get so much out of the adventure.

  4. We are actually looking at the area for a spring break trip. Will add this to the list of must do’s, we love historical sites.

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