Educational Programs

  • History & Science

    Get a glimpse into the inner workings of an aircraft carrier and the surrounding environment at Patriots Point. Learn about Earth's vital marine ecosystems and American History all while “Walking in the Steps of Heroes.”

    • 1st - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 4th grade
    • 5th grade
    • 6th grade and up
  • Aviation

    Young aviators must protect our nation’s security against enemy combatants using cutting-edge flight simulators in the new Flight Academy aboard the USS YORKTOWN. Your overnight or day trip experience can be fully immersed into this extended program! Visit the Flight Academy page to learn more.

    • Ages 6-9
    • Ages 10+
  • Marine Science

    Spend time in our wet lab, getting up close and personal with local fauna. In this shipboard program, you will learn the importance of marine ecosystems, taking an in-depth look at the living and nonliving components.

    • Ages 6-9
    • Ages 10+
  • VIP Tours

    Enhance your group experience with one of our exclusive tours. Topics range from a behind-the-scenes look at life on an aircraft carrier, to the heroic stories of the captivating machines that once ruled the sea and sky. Join us for a “truly historic” tour!

    • All Ages Welcome
  • Virtual Reality Space Mission

    Patriots Point's new, virtual reality space program Journey to Planet X, allows students to become astronauts and explore the universe like never before.

    • All Ages Welcome
  • Shadows of the Ship Tour

    Coming January 2018!

    A special thrill for those who dare to explore areas FEW PEOPLE have ever seen. Descend down to the bottom of the ship into dark, tight spaces. With headlamps and hard hats, your group will discover the unknown as you investigate the shadows of the ship!

    • Ages: 10+ Only

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Charleston Excursions

If your group would rather participate in one of the below tours INSTEAD of the above educational programs, there will be no additional charge. Your group can also add one of the below tours in addition to the educational program for a fee. Off-site tours are subject to the company’s tour schedules.

Tour of Fort Sumter

Length: 2 1/2 hours

To do: Campers take a scenic ride across Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter National Monument. Campers get to explore the grounds where the Civil War began.

To see:

  • Cannons
  • Batteries
  • Parade Grounds
  • In-door Museum
  • Gift Shop

Departs: From Patriots Point

  • Saturdays at 8am from March – November
  • Saturdays at 10am from December – February


  • To be replaced by Forts of Charleston Boat Tour in 2018!
  • Due to scheduling, any group visiting Ft. Sumter will need to stay aboard the ship Friday night, with the tour on Saturday
  • This tour is not available to mid-week campers
  • Space is limited, and the designation of spaces assigned is first come, first served

More info: To ensure a trip to Fort Sumter for your group outside of the Patriots Point Camping Program, please contact SpiritLine Cruises at (843) 722-2628 for pricing and details

Charleston Harbor Tour

Length: 1 1/2 hours

To do: Campers learn about Charleston’s fascinating history through a live narrative while cruising the gentle waves of her harbor.

To see:

  • Fort Sumter
  • Battery Point
  • Cooper River Bridge
  • Castle Pinckney

Departs: From Patriots Point

  • Every day at 11am from March – October
  • Every day at 3pm from March – November

Note: Space is limited, and scheduling is subject to the tour’s timeline, so talk to Patriots Point staff about arranging this off-site excursion

More info: Please visit the SpiritLine Cruises website for more details


Enhance your Patriots Point visit with any of these additional activities. Prices vary per experience, so please contact Group Sales or call (843) 881-5976 for details.

  • Helicopter Tours

    Experience the awe-inspiring YORKTOWN from a completely unique perspective. Flights ranging from 5-20 minutes over Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor, and surrounding beaches provide breathtaking views from 600 feet.

  • Ship Shape Scavenger Hunts

    This 45 minute scavenger hunt will introduce you to many topics! All answers can be found throughout the YORKTOWN’s Hangar Deck, making this a perfect addition to your Patriots Point experience.

  • Flight Motion Simulator

    Come sit in a moving theater! This five-minute experience will give you the chance to become part of the action. The price for groups is $4 per person, or $5 for individuals.

  • Climbing Wall

    Our 34’ high climbing wall is a fun-filled challenge for adventure-seekers of all ages – and a great add-on activity for any group for just $5 per person.

  • Ship Store

    The Ship Store, the museum’s gift shop, offers a wide variety of Patriots Point, Ft. Sumter, and Charleston memorabilia. Now offering a 10% discount to all overnight campers (with wristband). It’s located landside of the USS YORKTOWN.

  • Audio Tours

    Rent your own personal audio player that will allow you to hear exclusive stories about the ship and her crew, including first-hand WWII Veteran accounts. There are more than 3 1/2 hours of content and 100 points of interest, and only plays what you want to hear.