The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston, SC, offers an array of engaging exhibits to entertain guests of all ages. It also serves as host to various events throughout the year! Explore aircraft carriers and submarines. Peruse the Medal of Honor Museum. You can even opt for a helicopter tour of the Holy City. Read on to learn more about why you should visit this attraction. Then, be sure to check out our complimentary Destination Guide for more great suggestions to include in your itinerary!
4 Reasons to Visit Patriots Point in Charleston, SC
1. Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, Submarines, and More
Whether you’re a seasoned history buff or simply a curious tourist, there’s no doubt you’ll find the various military artifacts at this historic attraction interesting. On the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, guests can admire various exhibits such as the Apollo 8 replica and the interactive control room. The USS Laffey Destroyer offers visitors a chance to experience what it was like in the Combat Information Center. They can also witness what it was like serving in the gun mount, Mount 53.
Additionally, guests will encounter the USS Clamagore, Patriots Point iconic Cold War submarine as well as various types of US military aircraft that took to the sky over the years. Fighters, carriers, helicopters, bombers, and more make their home here!
2. Exciting Events
From firework extravaganzas on the Fourth of July to D-Day anniversary commemorations, Patriots Point hosts various events, celebrations, memorials, book readings, lectures and more throughout the year. Be sure to check their calendar to see if there are any events you won’t want to miss!
3. Engaging Museum Exhibits
In addition to exploring military crafts, you can also browse various displays such as the Vietnam Experience Exhibit and the Medal of Honor Museum. Guests will encounter a fire control bunker, mess hall, M35A2 Kaiser Jeep, 105 Howitzer gun, Wilys M725 Ambulance, and more. They will also have the opportunity to take the time to honor and pay tribute to those who served the US.
4. Unique & Exclusive Tours
For a one-of-a-kind experience, consider opting for a helicopter ride over the Holy City or a ghost tour of the USS Yorktown. These unique opportunities cater to unique interests and allow visitors an exclusive look at the city as well as the famed aircraft carrier that now makes its home here in Charleston.
Hours and Ticket Pricing
Patriots Point is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Ticket sales are cut off after 5 p.m. Be sure to check for special holiday hours or closures.
General Admission includes access to: USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, USS Laffey Destroyer, USS Clamagore Submarine, the 3-Acre Vietnam Experience, Medal of Honor Museum, and 28 Historic Aircraft.
Adults (12+): $24
Seniors (62+): $19
Children (6-11): $16
Children under 6: Free
Active Duty Military (ID Required): $19
Active Duty Military in Uniform: Free
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