Types of Tours at Patriots POint
There are many ways to explore Patriots Point. With our captivating tour guides and first-hand accounts from our veterans, each touring option gives you a completely unique experience. Whether you are visiting with your family or a large group, you are sure to gain a better understanding and appreciation for our nation’s history as you ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes.’
Self-Guided Tours & General Admission
With general admission, you can explore the USS YORKTOWN, USS LAFFEY, USS CLAMAGORE, Vietnam Experience, and Medal of Honor Museum at your own pace with self-guided touring. With five tour routes on the YORKTOWN alone, maps and on-site navigation guide you to walk in the steps of the ships' sailors and officers. Learn about the men who powered these great ships by visiting everything from the YORKTOWN's Flight Deck, to the LAFFEY's Mount 53 Experience, and the torpedoes of the CLAMAGORE.
Self-Guided Audio Tours
Tour freely at your own pace as you listen to firsthand accounts from WWII veterans on a personal audio player. With more than 3.5 hours of content and 100 points of interest on the tour, you can pick and choose where you’d like to explore and what you want to hear. A $6 rental fee is required.
Guided VIP Group Tours
Get a behind the scenes look not available to the general public with your own personal tour guide! VIP group tours are only available to groups of 10 or more and must be scheduled 2 weeks prior to your visit. Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Choose from a variety of tours available.Learn More
We welcome day groups for a visit that includes FREE bus parking and FREE admission for the tour escort and driver. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Charleston, I-26, and US 17. For more information or to reserve dates and rates for your group, please contact Group Sales at (843) 881-5976.
Give your youth group a hands-on glimpse of maritime and military life – and action-packed, interactive lessons in astronomy, aviation, history, and oceanography aboard a true piece of American history. Campers sleep in authentic ship berthing quarters, eat meals in true Navy fashion in the Chief Petty Officers’ Mess Hall and are free to explore the USS YORKTOWN, USS CLAGAMORE submarine and USS LAFFEY destroyer. For more information or to reserve dates and rates for your overnight group, please contact Group Sales at (843) 881-5976.Learn More
Give your school group an awe-inspiring, hands-on lesson in astronomy, aviation, history, oceanography, and more aboard the USS YORKTOWN. More than just being “wowed” by the YORKTOWN’s size, students have the opportunity for hands-on exploration and get a change to meet our resident wildlife! For more information or to reserve dates and rates for your school group, please contact Group Sales at (843) 881-5976.Learn More
Fly-In Helicopters at Patriots Point offers exclusive tours of the Holy City that is a "must do" for any visitor. Flights ranging from 5-20 minutes over the Charleston Harbor, the USS YORKTOWN, and surrounding beaches provide breathtaking views and photo opportunities that even locals enjoy. Tours are available daily, weather permitting, from 10am - 5pm or until all ticketed flights are completed. Purchase tickets at the Patriots Point ticket window or online. For more information, visit the Fly-In website.Flight Tickets
Explore the YORKTOWN’s unexplained mysteries through areas of the ship normally restricted to the public! Hear legendary stories of sacrifice and bravery as you learn about the well-documented stories of strange, startling sights and sounds. See why there’s a Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” all about the YORKTOWN – and why both The Today Show and Family Circle magazine call it the must-do walking ghost tour in Charleston.Learn More