Patriots Point Naval & Maritime

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime


Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, and USS Clamagore, all retired WW2 watercrafts now at home and at peace in the Charleston harbor. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Patriot's Point is a unique way to experience life at sea aboard these ships during World War 2, and learn about the history and brave missions of their American crews. Expect sweeping views of the ships themselves, as well as panoramas of the Ravenel Bridge and Charleston peninsula. Spending Fourth of July in Charleston? Bring your folding chairs and flags to watch the fireworks above the USS Yorktown, alongside the harbor and several hundred other revelers.

Just across the sparkling span of the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Patriot's Point preserves naval history in its centerpiece, the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Kids and adults alike love to scramble up and down the 13 decks of this 888-foot-long ship, which was commissioned in Newport News, Virginia, in 1943. As you roam the decks, you'll find 26 naval aircraft on board as well as the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum (in Hangar Bay #3). Also on-site are a recreated Vietnam Support Base, the Cold War Memorial, and two other World War II ships: the submarine USS Clagamore and the destroyer USS Laffey.

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