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Just across the sparkling span of the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown Charleston, Patriots Point preserves naval history in its centerpiece: a World War II aircraft carrier named the USS... Read More
Just across the sparkling span of the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown Charleston, Patriots Point preserves naval history in its centerpiece: a World War II aircraft carrier named the USS Yorktown. Both 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. Beyond impressive naval history, Patriots Point serves as a departure dock for boat tours to the Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.
40 Patriots Point Rd
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
- Daily 9am-6:30pm
- Adult $16; Senior (62+) $13; Military $13; Child (6-11) $9; Child (5 and under) Free
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Patriots Point is a launch point for exploring several Charleston attractions. Tour the USS Yorktown here, play a round of oceanfront golf, or catch a cruise ride to historic Fort Sumter National Monument."
- Historic Sites: "Overnight camping aboard the USS Yorktown is very popular with boy and girl scout troops, and can be booked in advance for smaller groups and families."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Sweeping harbor views aside, Patriots Point is a must-visit destination for many Charleston visitors interested in American history, showcasing historic battleships and aircraft.