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Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Mount Pleasant

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Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Mount Pleasant
SC
29464
Tel: 866-831-1720

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Patriots Point would become one of the largest museums of its kind in the world with the addition of other ships such as the destroyer USS Laffey, known as The Ship That Would Not Die. The Treasury class Coast Guard cutter Ingham would join the Patriots Point battle group along with the Balao class submarine Clamagore. Priceless war planes from WWII and Korea are featured in Yorktown's hangar deck and on the flight deck an array of aircraft from the Vietnam War and Desert Storm up to modern marvels such as the F-14 Tomcat and S-3 Viking.
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    Loved the experience. Air, destroyer, submarine, air craft carrier. I found myself in awe of the soldiers who fought these wars in such valor. Well worth theticket price and trip out here.

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    I can't say enough good things about this visit. There is so much to see on the ship and it is so well preserved that you can easily spend a couple of hours without reading the placards. Even if you aren't a history buff or into military stuff I'm sure you would still appreciate the visit. You also get to board the Laffey (Destroyer) and the Clamagore (Submarine) on the same ticket. We didn't get a chance to see the Laffey but the Clamagore was really cool. It's hard to imagine living in those cramped spaces for months on end. I would not, however,...Read More

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    This was an awesome experience. I was able to see a lot of things and gain a ton of knowledge.

    There is an aircraft carrier, a destroyer, and a submarine at this museum. Each have plenty of literature and volunteers to help you learn while seeing the different ships / subs.

    The only con is that is was HOT in certain parts of it. Some areas were cooled well with AC units while others had fans that could not handle the size of the room.

    My suggestion would be to visit the exhibit first thing in the morning. They open at 9am every day. This way...Read More

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    I honestly am conflicted about this. My reaction varies based on context- history buff looking for a unique experience? 5 stars! Go there and enjoy a chance to get inside a special ship. Have young kids or not really into military history? 3 stars! Tight passageways, high heat, and lots of risk make this place un-kid-friendly. I wouldn't bring a kid under 6 there. And in such a history rich area there are other great options. But a part of me wants to give it a 1 star review. I feel like this place is poorly managed, and it's a tragedy. Lack of...Read More

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    We took the cruise out to Fort Sumter from here and then spent the rest of the day around Patriots Point. In total we spent close to nine hours here and Fort Sumter and still it wasn't enough time! A must see for any history or military buff!!!

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by Jeff Smith

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I can't say enough good things about this visit. There is so much to see on the ship and it is so well preserved that you can easily spend a couple of hours without reading the placards. Even if you aren't a history buff or into military stuff I'm sure you would still appreciate the visit. You also get to board the Laffey (Destroyer) and the Clamagore (Submarine) on the same ticket. We didn't get a chance to see the Laffey but the Clamagore was really cool. It's hard to imagine living in those cramped spaces for months on end. I would not, however, pay the money for the flight simulator. It's not WWII themed and the motion seems incongruous with the movie. You might want to check the weather before going. In the event of lightning or heavy storms they will close the flight deck and bridge areas which are some of the best parts of the tour.

by April C

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This was an awesome experience. I was able to see a lot of things and gain a ton of knowledge.

There is an aircraft carrier, a destroyer, and a submarine at this museum. Each have plenty of literature and volunteers to help you learn while seeing the different ships / subs.

The only con is that is was HOT in certain parts of it. Some areas were cooled well with AC units while others had fans that could not handle the size of the room.

My suggestion would be to visit the exhibit first thing in the morning. They open at 9am every day. This way you beat the heat and have plenty of time to explore all three before the heat and humidity really gets going.

A must see while in Charleston. Even if you are not into military or ships like me, you will enjoy it!

by Nate B

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I honestly am conflicted about this. My reaction varies based on context- history buff looking for a unique experience? 5 stars! Go there and enjoy a chance to get inside a special ship. Have young kids or not really into military history? 3 stars! Tight passageways, high heat, and lots of risk make this place un-kid-friendly. I wouldn't bring a kid under 6 there. And in such a history rich area there are other great options. But a part of me wants to give it a 1 star review. I feel like this place is poorly managed, and it's a tragedy. Lack of painting, lack of signs and displays, planes with sun ruined canopies and no engines, and worse of all, neglecting the submarine USS Clamagore. The poor ship has been left to rot, and is millions of dollars from saving. The sub will probably be sunk as a reef soon, despite her history. Proper upkeep could have made this place a gem. It's great as is, but could be so much better.

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