May 19th, 2019

Patriots Point – A unique museum for the family

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Written by: rscott


South Carolina

We recently headed to Charleston, South Carolina for a two-day visit. We were sailing from the Port of Charleston on a Carnival Cruise but wanted to check out the city while we were in town. Since we only had a couple of days to visit, we had to be very selective on just what we wanted to experience.

After much research, we decided that Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was a must. I’m so glad we did. It was an incredible experience that our entire family enjoyed (and learned from).

Patriots Point is an amazing military museum. From the moment you see the awe-inspiring USS Yorktown, you begin your journey. Nicknamed “The Fighting Lady”, the USS Yorktown served in the Pacific in World War II, Vietnam and interestingly enough also picked up the Apollo 8 astronauts upon reentry after their mission.

Once on board the USS Yorktown, you can follow several different tours. These tours allow you to see all the different areas of the carrier. You’ll go to see where these brave sailors lived (it was tight quarters!), the kitchen area, the engine area and so much more. My boys really enjoyed checking out the 40,000 square foot hangar deck. Here, you will find a Hellcat, Cougar, B-25 Mitchell and more planes that served our Country. There’s even a replica of the craft that carried the Apollo 8 astronauts.  It is incredible to me how large this carrier is. To say it’s massive is an understatement.

Along with all the exciting planes, equipment, living areas (bunks above the torpedoes!), there’s another aspect of the tour – the Medal of Honor museum. It showcases the Americans to whom the medal has been awarded and the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I enjoyed seeing the awards but found the actual stories behind the medals very moving. I am inspired by their selfless service to our nation.

Along with the USS Yorktown, there’s another smaller vessel and a submarine to visit. And just a little beyond the naval area, there is a replica of a Vietnam-era naval support base. With the sounds, buildings and vehicles, you are able to step back in time and get an appreciation for what our brave men and women went through. We watched a short movie before we toured the site and it was moving to hear directly from those who served in Vietnam.

We chose to stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mt. Pleasant. It was the perfect hotel from which to base our visit to the museum. The hotel is an easy drive to the museum, as well as a number of other attractions. We were able to get the museum quickly and when we were ready to explore historic Charleston, it was only about three miles away. The hotel is modern and includes many important amenities such as free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. The hotel also has an outstanding commitment to going green.

To learn more about The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, please visit To make a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, visit

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