Located about two hours south of Myrtle Beach by car, Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum offers a wide range of activities for history buffs, current and former service members, and marine enthusiasts.
As the site of the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier that played a major role in the Pacific Offensive and the subsequent defeat of Japan, visitors can take tours of the ship that was awarded 16 battle stars in WWII and Vietnam. The museum is also home to two other significant vessels – USS Clamagore (submarine) and USS Laffey (destroyer) – that played vital roles during past engagements.
In addition to the historic military ships, visitors can also tour the Medal of Honor Museum and Cold War Memorial, and immerse themselves in the two-and-a-half acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit, which uses more than a dozen different components to simulate life on a support base and artillery fire base during the 1968 Tet Offensive and Battle of Khe Sanh.
Throughout the year, the Museum also hosts School Groups, Scout Groups, JROTC, and Faith-Based Groups, and is also a very popular destination for Memorial Day and Fourth of July fireworks.
General Admission tickets include access to all of the Patriots Point attraction, and prices are $20 for Adults (ages 12 – 61), $17 for Seniors (ages 62 and up), and $12 for Kids (ages 6 – 11). Active Duty Military with ID receive $3 off, and admission is free for Active Duty Military in Uniform and Children under 6 with paid Adult admission.
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