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Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

Learn about American military heroes, climb aboard the vessels in the harbor and sleep the night in the quarters of a ship.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is a fun institution with overnight camping and tours of ships. The site is ideal for kids. The museum contains many vessels and teaches children about the nation’s maritime history via intriguing displays and antics of the museum’s mascot, Scrappy the Canine Sailor.

Choose one of the tours for a comprehensive overview of the museum. Take along a personal audio player to cover the exhibits at your own pace. Venture behind the scenes with a guide on the VIP group tour. Camping is available in authentic ship berths. Bring your kids for packages that include lodging, meals and educational activities on the vessel.

Climb aboard the ships in the museum’s harbor. Notable vessels include the USS Laffey destroyer and the USS Clamagore submarine. Explore the Vietnam Experience Exhibit, which simulates life as part of the “Brown Water Navy” in the Vietnam War. Climb to the top of the observation tower and listen to the sounds of jet aircraft and helicopters flying overhead.

Peruse the photographs and military artifacts displayed in the Medal of Honor Museum. Learn about American heroes who have served and protected the United States.

Take the kids to see Scrappy the Canine Sailor, who is based on a real dog that lived on the USS Yorktown during World War II. Get souvenir photos with a military-themed background to remember your trip.

Purchase souvenirs, such as military memorabilia and clothes, from the site’s gift shop. Enjoy a meal at the Fighting Lady Café in the CPO Gallery or take the kids to the Sticky Fingers Snack Shack in Hangar Bay 3 and next to the Yorktown ship.

The museum opens daily from morning until late afternoon. There is an entrance fee with discounts for seniors and children. Toddlers enter for free.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is on the eastern Mount Pleasant side of the Cooper River in Charleston. It is near the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina and directly across the water from the South Carolina Aquarium. Pay a fee for the day to leave your car in the parking lot.

Make the most of your time at Patriots Point. Here is a list of some of the best things to do:

Trying out a Haunted Ghost Tour of the USS Yorktown will help make the visit to this famed attraction all the more memorable!

For more things to do, have a look at our Charleston things to do page.


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Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina CA $130
Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

20 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Mount Pleasant, this beach resort is within a 5-minute walk of Patriots Point and USS Yorktown. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and Patriots Point Links are also within 5 minutes.

    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel CA $223
    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

    115 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historic Charleston, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gibbes Museum of Art and Charleston City Market. Waterfront Park and Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal are also within 10 minutes.

      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina CA $227
      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      28 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Mount Pleasant hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patriots Point and USS Yorktown. Patriots Point Links and Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum are also within 10 minutes.

        The Francis Marion Hotel CA $194
        The Francis Marion Hotel

        The Francis Marion Hotel

        387 King St, Charleston, SC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historic Charleston, this spa hotel is steps away from Marion Square and College of Charleston. Charleston Music Hall and Charleston Museum are also within 10 minutes.

          Best Western Patriots Point CA $98
          Best Western Patriots Point

          Best Western Patriots Point

          259 McGrath Darby Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in The Groves, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Shem Creek Park. USS Yorktown and The Citadel are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant CA $123
            Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

            Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant

            250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Mount Pleasant, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Patriots Point and USS Yorktown. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and Shem Creek Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Belmond Charleston Place CA $455
              Belmond Charleston Place

              Belmond Charleston Place

              205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historic Charleston, this luxury hotel is steps away from Confederate Museum and Charleston City Market. Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal and Waterfront Park are also within 15 minutes.

                Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District CA $193
                Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

                Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

                560 King Street, Charleston, SC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of PURE Theatre and Charleston Music Hall. College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina are also within 15 minutes.