USS Yorktown Ghost Tours

USS Yorktown Ghost Tours

Stories of Heroes, Sacrifice and the Unexplained

Listed as a must do by the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine, this exclusive guided tour explores the unexplained mysteries of the USS Yorktown in historic Charleston, SC. Hear stories of sacrifice and devastation as this tour ventures into areas normally restricted to the public. Learn of the strange activity that has been documented and reported including the startling results of the investigation by Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters.”

 Venture into the bowels of the ship and to the flight deck where many sightings have taken place!

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Explore the USS Yorktown

Enjoy a historic tour of Charleston Harbor. Then, walk in the steps of heroes on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Built in just 16 months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Known as the “Fighting Lady,” this World War II ship was instrumental in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945.

This combo does not include transportation to the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Rates are subject to availability and change without notice and does not include a $1 per person port fee. The USS Yorktown is a self-guided tour and will include any exhibits open at Patriots Point.

If you’re taking a later harbor tour, please note your tour time on the USS Yorktown will be limited and in some cases not available (last ticketed entry to Yorktown is 4 p.m.). Please plan accordingly to maximize your tour time.  Patriots Point will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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USS Yorktown Harbor Tour

One of the most predominate sites on our tour is the USS Yorktown (CV-10) . The Yorktown is located at Patriot’s Point In Mt. Pleasant just over the Ravenel bridge from downtown Charleston. Patriot’s Point is a museum of several ships including a Vietnam camp replica. For anyone that likes history, ships, old things or just likes to marvel at what humans can accomplish without the use of computers this is a must see while in Charleston.

CV-10 or Carrier Vessel is an Essex-class carrier that was built in 1941 and commissioned in 1943. CV-10 was originally named Bonhomme Richard it was renamed Yorktown during construction to commemorate CV-5, also named the Yorktown. CV-5 was sunk in 1942 during the Battle of Midway.

Yorktown prepares to get under way from NAS San Diego

Yorktown (CV-5) prepares to get under way from NAS San Diego (June 1940)

CV-5 Yorktown was the lead ship of the Yorktown class. She was a straight deck carrier and was designed and built in 1943 in Newport News Virginia , after lessons learned in the Lexington class converted battlecruisers. She was launched in 1936 and after many sea trials, fitting out, and war exercises Yorktown headed to the Pacific fleet in 1939.

The US enters the war after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 killing over 2,400 Americans and sinking or damaging 16 ships and 250 aircraft. CV-6 was damaged during the battle of the Cora Sea and arrived back in Pearl Harbor for repairs in May. She was minimally repaired and ready to head to sea to meet up with the Pacific Fleet Northeast of Midway. During this time after attacking several Japanese ships a raid on the Yorktown insured. The Yorktown and its planes fought off much on the incoming attack but 3 planes were able to hit the Yorktown. Just hours later after they had controlled all the burning and got the boilers running again the radar picked up another attack. This time The Yorktown was not so lucky and was fatally wonded. She had lost all power and had a jammed rudder and was dead in the water with a list to the port side. The ship was abandoned and was hit again by Japanese subs during a salvage operation. By June 7,1942 the damage was to much for the Yorktown and rolled upside-down and sank.

Smoke pours from Yorktown

Smoke pours from Yorktown after being hit in the boilers by Japanese dive bombers at Midway

The Yorktown CV-10 left Pearl Harbor on August 22,1943 for its first missions of the war just off Marcus Island . CV-10 also ran missions on Wake Island . Several months later it participated in it first major assault on the Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Abemama and Makin. For the next year it participated in raids from Marianas to New Guinea and even on the main land Japan. In June it was making air strikes on Guam to prevent the Japanese from launching their planes. It then returned to Pearl Harbor for more air training operations.

In 1944 in January it left Pearl Harbor to assist in operation Flintlock, the invasion of the Marshall Islands. The York town the Lexington and the Cowpens began air strikes on the Maloelap Atoll at about 5:20 am the morning of January 29. It also struck Majuro and Kwajalein to soften up the target so the troops could make landfall on the 31 of January.

For the next several months Yorktown was part of many raids thought the Atolls including strikes on Truk, a Japanese anchorage and installations on Saipan . In April it joined General MacArthur’s assault on Jayapura and Wakde-Sarmi north of New Guinea. From there they moved back to Turk Lagoon for another 2 day raid. After they returned once again to Pearl Harbor for training operations in the Hawaiian Islands.

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In June it headed back out to prepare for the invasion of Saipan and concentrated its efforts on the Japanese airfields airfields on Guam . During the battle of the Philippine Sea The Yorktown tock down 37 enemy planes and dropped 21 tons of bombs on the Guam airbase. Yorktown also laid strikes on the Japanese fleet and hit the Zuikaku although did not sink it. Also later conducted raids on Pagan Island and Iwo Jima.

On July 31 it arrived in the Puget Sound Navy Yard for a two month over haul and repairs. After it rejoined the fleet and conducted operations in the Philippines to support the Leyte Invasion. In December it helped in a rescue of three destroyers that sank in a typhoon .

In 1945 Yorktown rejoined Task Force 38 and was tasked with striking targets in Formosa and the Philippines. From there it moved on to the Japanese inner defenses. Yorktown spent time in Saigon and DaNang sinking 44 ships before moving on to Okinawa.

By March Yorktown was off Japan to start strikes on airfields on the mainland and was soon under attack by 2 bomber planes the first one was hit and crashed off the bow. The second went down several minutes later and no damage to the Yorktown was reported. But the end of March it was solely concentrating on its efforts in Okinawa and for 6 weeks ran support for the troops ashore.

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In Mid July she was off the coast of Japan launching strikes on Tokyo. Much of July was spent in this area running raids, refusing and replenishing as well as attacking the navy base of Yokosuka and installations around the Kure navy base. Several typhoon were in the area that hindered operations instill about August.

By mid August peace negotiations were going on and Yorktown and the rest of the TF 58 held tight off the waters of Japan waiting for instructions. She headed just off of Honshu to provide coverage for the forces that were occupying Japan until the surrender on board the Battleship Missouri .

At the end of the war Yorktown went to San Francisco to unload passages from the war and, continued on to Hunters Point Navy Yard for minor repairs. Repairs complete she headed back out to Guam to pick up more soldiers to return home. She did this several time before heading to Washington State where she was placed in reserve and remained there for the end of the year. In January 1947 Yorktown was decommissioned and was part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

In 1952 she was reactivated by 1953 it was converted to an attack carrier (CVA) and was patrolling the West coast. In August it joined TF 77 in the Sea of Japan and by this time a armistice had been sign two months earlier and Yorktown conducted training missions in the area. Yorktown was used as the platform for the movie Jet Carrier an Academy Award nominated film.

After making a few more calls to Hong Kong and the Aachen Islands it returned home and was placed in reserve while still in commission and receiving extensive modifications in eluding an angled flight deck . At the end of modifications she was placed back in full commission and resumed normal operations along the West coast with the 7th Fleet.

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In 1957 Yorktown’s home port was transferred to Long Beach California and reclassified as an antisubmarine warfare aircraft carrier.(ASW) More modifications were made at this time for the new CVS-10 classification in the Puget Sound Navy Shipyard. After renovations Yorktown resumed normal operations along the West coast until about November of that year when she did a tour of duty in the Western Pacific. During the deployment Yorktown qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal three times.

Yorktown once again entered the shipyard in January 1961 and returned to Long Beach at the end of January and resumed normal west coast operations until the end of July where it set back out for the Far East. This tour lasted until March of 1962 and went back to west coast operations.

In 1964-65 Yorktown was deployed for the Vietnam War in support of the American involvement in the crisis. Yorktown was a dominate force in the Vietnam conflict for 7 months supporting land based operations in the region.

in 1967 in went in for a 7 month overhaul and completed repairs in early October and resumed normal west coast operations till the end of 1967. In December it set out for its last touring the Western Pacific where it provided AWS and SAR support in the wake of the North Korean capture of Pueblo.

Yorktown was also the platform for the filming of the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, the tale of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

In December 1968 she was one of the recovery ships for the Apollo 8 space module. in 1969 she rounded South America to meet up with the Atlantic Fleet and her new home port of Norfolk, Virginia.

Durning the early part of 1970 Yorktown was decommissioned in Philadelphia and berthed with the Atlantic reserve fleet. She was there almost three years before she was taken off the Navy list and in 1974 was donated to the Patriot’s Point Development Authority. Yorktown was towed from New Jersey to Charleston in 1975.

Yorktown still sits at Patriot’s Point today along side the USS Laffey a Cold war Submarine and a Vietnam base camp.

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Captain Dave Gugliotti holds a 200 ton USCG Master License, teaches boat handling, and close quarter maneuvering. He is both a NASBLA and Safe Boating Council certified instructor for both in classroom and on the water training. He has been the winner of the Post and Courier Charleston Choice award for five years running and loves being out on the water.

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USS YORKTOWN TOUR AT PATRIOT’S POINT TOUR

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Visit the iconic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier

Let us transport you in our climate controlled mini bus from downtown Charleston across the water to the Patriot’s Point! Visit the iconic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier at the largest museum in South Carolina – Patriot’s Point Maritime Museum.

This tour includes:

  • Breathtaking views while you enjoy roundtrip transportation over the world renowned Charleston Harbor on the Ravenel Bridge
  • Admission to Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Admission includes all exhibits:

  • USS YORKTOWN aircraft carrier
  • USS LAFFEY Destroyer
  • USS CLAMAGORE Submarine
  • 3 acre Vietnam experience
  • Medal of Honor Museum
  • 29 Historic aircraft

Enjoy a relaxing and unique opportunity to to see a WWII era aircraft carrier!

What Is Not Included?

  • Food and drinks at Patriots Point are not included in the price of your ticket. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase at Patriot’s Point.
  • Additional experiences may be available for purchase once at Patriot’s Point, such as the Flight Simulator experience and souvenir photographs.
  • Gratuities – While not required, are always appreciated by your driver and guide for a job well done!
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance purchase is highly recommended and tours often sell out in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.

Are children allowed?

Yes, and there is a reduced price for children 11 and younger.

What type of ticket should I buy if I’m bringing a very young child?

While we welcome children of all ages on the tour, the tour is not recommended for small children. We have reduced price tickets for children ages 4 to 11. Children ages 3 and younger are free with an accompanying adult ticket.

Is there parking?

Yes, parking is available at the Charleston Visitor’s Center where the tour originates. There is a surface lot and a garage next door. Parking starts at $2/hr.

Can I bring food or beverages on the bus?

Food and drinks are not allowed on the bus.

Do you run year-round?

Yes, we operate tours seven days a week year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day. Seasonal hours apply so please check our calendar for the most up to date schedule information.

Is the bus air conditioned?

Is the tour narrated?

This tour is focused more on transportation, the tour guide may provide some light narration en route. They are always happy to answer any questions you have!

Is there a restroom on the bus?

No, but restrooms are located at the Visitors Center.

Can I carry luggage or other large items on the bus?

No. We do not have space on the bus for large items such as luggage, wheelchairs, or strollers.

Are pets allowed?

No. Service animals are allowed, however.

Can I book a private tour?

Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please contact our sales department at 843-722-1112 or [email protected]

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Come aboard The USS Yorktown and hear the stories of the American Heroes who lived, died, and are still rumored to be here today. Commissioned in 1943, the “Fighting Lady” was once manned by over 3,000 people and designed to fight off enemies all over the globe during WWII. You will hear stories of their ultimate sacrifice and heroism as the people that once inhabited this ship dedicated their lives to the service of our country and to this great ship. This tour gives you exclusive night time access to areas of the ship that are closed to the public, including access to the flight deck after dark.

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Touring the USS Yorktown Charleston aircraft carrier is a great way to spend a day in the Charleston area. This historical battleship played an important role during World War II and has now settled in the waters of Patriots Point as a museum ship. You can hop aboard for a trip through U.S. Navy and Charleston history. History lovers, military buffs, and those interested in boats and ships will all be happy to get the chance to explore this unique sightseeing attraction, located just a few miles away from your Exclusive Properties vacation rental—eight and a half miles to be exact! You can even rent a taxi or other form of transportation if you feel uncomfortable making the drive yourself, which is yet another advantage to staying in one of our vacation homes; they are close to everything!

The USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy, originally commissioned on April 15, 1943 after only 16 ½ months of construction. The amazing workmanship that was put into the carrier was in part because of the demand for an offensive in the Pacific during World War II. USS Yorktown would go on to earn 11 battle stars for its service. After surviving World War II unscathed, this massive aircraft carrier continued its winning service, earning five of its previously mentioned 11 battle stars in Vietnam. Perhaps, most famously, the USS Yorktown recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule in December of 1968. This was an important mission for the NASA program, as it was only the second manned spaceflight in American history. The USS Yorktown would then be decommissioned and put on battle reserve two years later, in 1970 Ever since 1975, the ship has been in Charleston as the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, where thousands of tourists a year trod upon the historic decks, learning its stories as they marvel at all that had been accomplished before being decommissioned. The USS Yorktown has traveled many miles over the years, fought many battles, and now it’s time for it to rest on its laurels.

Basic Tours

Admission for tours of Patriots Point includes access to USS Yorktown , the USS Laffey destroyer ship, and the USS Clamagore submarine. Adult (12 or older) tickets cost $22 each, senior tickets are $17, children aged 6 to 11 are $14, and children under six are admitted for free. Additionally, tickets for those with a military ID will cost $17, and those dressed in uniform are admitted free. We in South Carolina salute those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom; how could we even think of charging for their admission? The USS Yorktown tour includes an exhibit based around the Apollo spacecraft. You’ll be able to take a ride to the moon as you listen to the actual radio communications and watch video of the Apollo’s landing, reliving that exciting, yet frightening time period in American history. You may even find yourself biting your nails in fear that the astronauts won’t make it home, even though you obviously know they did!

Ghost Tours

Looking for a history lesson and a scare at the same time? The USS Yorktown in Charleston SC is known as one of the most haunted ships in the country and ranks number three on the list of most haunted places in all South Carolina as well. As a result, there are now nighttime ghost tours offered aboard “The Fighting Lady.” These tours aren’t for the timid, as you’ll learn about all the strange activity and ghoulish behavior that has been witnessed on the USS Yorktown since the ship was put out of commission. Earning a starring role on the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters, the heroes who served aboard this powerful aircraft carrier still try to be heard decades after their untimely deaths. You might even feel a chill down your spine and encounter your own paranormal experience. USS Yorktown Tours are offered nightly, but depend on the season. Prospective visitors should book a trip ahead on YorkTownGhostTours.com . Prices start at $25 for this 90-minute tour. For more on Isle of Palms attractions / events :

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Experience the USS Yorktown: Charleston’s Renowned Aircraft Carrier

Planning a trip to Charleston, South Carolina is always an inspiring choice for travelers looking to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Here, it’s as easy to spend time on the sand as it is to indulge in amazing dining options, check out boutique shops, or hop from one gallery to the next. While the cobblestone streets are charming, downtown Charleston is bustling with vibrant options for fun and entertainment. Outdoor experiences are truly exceptional in Charleston, but if you happen to be a history, find yourself in town on a rainy day or you’re looking for an educational twist for a trip with the entire family, there are plenty of historical landmarks well worth checking out. Among them is the Charleston Aircraft Carrier. This exciting stop brings history to life in style and puts your right in the heart of the Charleston Harbor experience.

Everything You Need to Know About the USS Yorktown, the Most Famous Charleston Aircraft Carrier

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Infuse History into Your Visit

The Charleston aircraft carrier, officially known as the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, is located within the greater Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. This destination was opened in 1976 and was designed as a space to educate visitors on wartime history and the resources and aircraft that are part of those battles. The USS Yorktown aircraft carrier was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II and repurposed for battle once again during the Vietnam War. Today, it is very much the centerpiece of Charleston Harbor attractions and sits alongside other historic ships, a Medal of Honor Museum, and a recreation of a navy base used in Vietnam complete with a fire control bunker, mess hall, and river boat patrol.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Touring the aircraft carrier is both educational and exciting for guests. Signing up for the captain’s tour is a sure way to get the most in-depth experience possible. As you walk through the aircraft carrier, you’ll learn more about its placement as the 10 th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. Your guide will give you insight into this Essex-class carrier that was constructed over the course of 16.5 months total. The carrier was modernized for jet aircraft in the 1950s and was designated as an anti-submarine aircraft carrier in 1957. In 1975, the aircraft carrier was moved to Charleston and officially became part of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum experience. It’s 888 feet long and when it was in use, could travel at a speed of over 30 knots for 14,000 nautical miles.

Plan Your Experience At This Famous Charleston Aircraft Carrier

The Charleston aircraft carrier experience is located at 40 Patriots Point Road and you’ll want to set aside at least 2 hours to make the most of the fun. Admission includes access to three historic ships, the museum, and the Vietnam Experience alike. The museum is open year-round and adults can enjoy time here for $27 a person while kids 6 to 11 can visit for $16. Children under the age of 6 can tour the aircraft carrier for free. There’s also a gift shop on-site to browse before you go if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit.

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New Guided Tour Aboard USS Yorktown Unveils Captain's Quarters

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Charleston, SC (WCIV) - Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is now offering guided tours aboard the USS Yorktown. The new tour gives visitors access to the Captain's Quarters, the anchor room, and parts of the ship that have been off-tour for more than a decade. Tours will also include exclusive access to a recently restored B-25 plane.

Patriots Point decided to team up with Bulldog tours to offer this addition after their nighttime ghost tours on the ship were successful.

The cost of the tour is $39 for adults, $29 for children, and $34 for seniors.

Tours are offered from 9 am to 6:30 am every day starting Friday.

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Exploring the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC

February 6, 2019

Exploring the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC

It was over 30 years ago that I first visited the naval ships in Charleston, SC.  My grandfather, who had served in the Navy, took all of his grandkids when we were all very young.  I was about Payton’s age and really enjoyed our visit.  I remember the excitement and the awe of visiting the ships and thinking about the time he had spent on board during his younger days. When we began planning our visit to Charleston, I knew that I wanted to show Payton what my Grandfather had experienced during World War II . She has the utmost respect for our Veterans; and enjoyed learning about their experiences on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC.

Disclaimer: Our visit to Patriots Point was hosted, however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Family souvenir photo from the USS Yorktown in Patriot's Point SC

Arriving at Patriots Point SC

There is a parking lot dedicated to those visiting Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and costs $5 (flat fee). Once you get your tickets, stop to pose for a souvenir picture. We love family photos and always purchase a package to take home when visiting new places with cool backdrops. After your picture, proceed down the walkway to the USS Yorktown.  There are also volunteers to shuttle visitors over in motorized carts if you prefer not to walk / can’t walk over.  We chose to walk and take in the view of the ship and the numerous American flags that were waving proudly above us.

The walkway to USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC

USS Yorktown Museum

The USS Yorktown was completely built in 14 months in the early 1940s.  Originally it was 872 feet long and weighed 27,000+ tons when it was first commissioned. Over the course of its service, it gained additional features which added to its weight and length.  It is now part of the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriots Point.

Self-guided tours of the USS Yorktown

There are multiple self guided walking tours available that are included with your ticket price.  The map that you receive with your ticket gives you a brief overview of each one and directions as to where they begin.  Each tour is labeled and there are arrows painted on the floors and the walls to help guide you through the tour. You can choose to do one or all of them based on the amount of time you have available.  

Payton in the galley of HSS Yorktown

Here in the galley, we learned that they prepared meals for over 3,500 people everyday, four times a day! The ship’s cooks used about 120 tons of food every month!

Bunks in the USS Yorktown

We toured many areas in the living and working quarters of the ship.  I am claustrophobic so I could not imagine so many people living and working on this ship for months and years at a time.  Payton said it would not be a problem for her!  

One of the volunteers gave Payton an eye exam like the sailors and pilots would have done; explaining how they checked peripheral vision back then.  Every volunteer we met during our visit was helpful, friendly, and full of information.

A volunteer guide in the USS Yorktown Museum

Museum Exhibits

After touring the lower decks, we made our way up to the top floor that is still inside and just below the flight deck.  This level includes various WW II period aircraft, the Apollo 8, and the Medal of Honor Museum. A new addition, which we also enjoyed, is a space for temporary exhibitions. Payton loved being able to view and learn about each aircraft, but she especially loved being able to sit inside one!

Payton in a plane at the USS Yorktown Museum

All 3 of us enjoyed the Apollo 8 experience.  You can actually climb inside and experience the action from blastoff to splashing back down in the ocean.  Here we learned that the USS Yorktown was on site to retrieve the astronauts from the ocean after returning to Earth.

The Apollo 8 pod at Patriots Point SC

The Medal of Honor Museum

The Medal of Honor Museum was very humbling and fascinating at the same time.  The sacrifices that these people made seems almost hard to imagine.   Their courage is truly incredible.  Inside the museum, each recipient was recognized in a time line fashion as to the conflict or war it was received from.  It was as if walking through history with some of the most courageous people to have ever lived.

Payton and the American Flag

The Flight Deck

The views from the flight deck are breathtaking.  Not just the views of the aircraft, but also the views of Charleston, the Arthur J Ravenel bridge , and the other ships and submarines onsite. I am still amazed that pilots (then and now) can land a plane on something this size that is rocking and swaying with the waves out in the ocean!

Flight deck of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC

Don’t forget to explore the highest point on the USS Yorktown – the bridge. Try your hand at being the Commander of the ship. Payton climbed into the Commander’s chair and could see for miles.

Payton on the Bridge of the USS Yorktown

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USS Clamagore

While at Patriots Point, you can also tour the submarine USS Clamagore (pictured), and the USS Laffey (a Benson-class destroyer).  Your ticket includes both of these along with the USS Yorktown access. There is ongoing debate as to whether to restore the USS Clamagore or to sink her to become an artificial reef. Check the Patriots Point website for up to date information.

The USS Clamagore Submarine at Patriots Point

Educational Programs

There are so many things to do at Patriots Point including a  Flight Academy , overnight camping programs , educational programs , and event rentals .  These programs would be amazing opportunities for school groups, field trips, youth groups, church groups, and more.  There are also ferries to Fort Sumter leaving from this area.

Payton pledges her allegiance

Visiting Charleston with kids? Don’t forget add the South Carolina Aquarium and The Hunley to your list of activities!

We truly enjoyed our time at Patriots Point SC, and exploring the USS Yorktown & Museum. Being a homeschool family , there is no better way to learn history than hands-on.  We recommend spending the whole day at Patriots Point, and discovering all the naval history that Charleston has to offer.

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38 thoughts on “Exploring the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point SC”

This place looks amazing! It must have been very inspiring to see what things were like for your grandfather when he served.

I love Charleston! What a great tour!

We did a boat tour years ago that went past Patriots Point. If we had more time on our visit, this was the next thing on our list. Wish we could have squeezed it in, looks great!!

We took my boys on a battleship in our town, I bet they would love to go visit this if we ever make it to SC!

I’ve been here! Thanks for the great pics and trip down memory lane.

Thank you for your grandfather’s service. We are grateful to visit our nation’s history.

Charleston is on my list of cities to go check out since I keep hearing great things about it. We’ll have to put this on the list of places to visit when we are there. Thanks!

What a cool tour to take your family on. So much great information!

I love trips like this! Very inspirational! Kids need more of it..heck, we all do!

South Carolina is for sure on my travel list. I will make sure to visit this place. Thanks for sharing!

This looks like so much fun! We have visited the ship in San Diego, and loved it! It’s amazing how huge they are!

Great pictures! I love all the details you have so I know what to expect! My kids would love this!

What a great way to spend the day, sharing the memories of the trip with your grandfather. Looks like your daughter had a lot of fun too! Hard to believe they built that ship in 14 months, amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Very cool! I don’t think I could have lived in such tight quarters (slightly claustrophobic as well), but I could definitely visit.

Going to Charleston soon for a getaway…adding this to our list of things to do!

Looks like a great trip!

South Carolina is on my bucket list and this looks like such a fun place to visit! Thanks for sharing.

What a fun outing and how special with your family connection. I’ll bet your daughter learned so much!

My husband and son loved this trip with boy scouts. Makes me more grateful to see how our military lives when serving our country.

This is such a great place to visit and you did an awesome review of it here! Love your pictures!

My family went to see the Tall Ships as they came into Boston harbor when I was a kid. The battleships were really impressive. It’s been a long time. This looks like a great place to go in SC.

14 months is really impressive! Great photos! It looks like a lot of fun!!

This looks like fun. I love military museums.

this is so amazing! I love the photos that you included!

We are planning a trip to Charleston too. I will add this to the list! My kids would love the flight academy!

That looks so cool!! My kids would love to go on the ship.

What a great experience to share with the family. I would love to go back to SC on day.

Wow! Sounds like a great place to visit! I’ll definitely have to check it out! Great post!

What a great experience for Payton! I love history and have been to San Diego many times, but have never taken advantage of touring the ships. This looks like something we should do!!

Seems like such a fun trip! My fiance and I love to find out the history behind the places we travel to.

What a fun experience! I love how interactive the staff were, even with the self-guided tours! We will definitely put this on our list to do when we visit!

120 Tons of food per month!!! I love seeing this type of exhibit! I love to take my kids to them.

We were here when our kids were 10-16. They were really interested in the ship.

I love in depth this is and how much you were able to experience while there. As a retired military family, we love touring various military destinations, spots and venues. This will have to go on our list of places to visit.

What an awesome tour! I’ve never been to South Carolina, but I’ll definitely have to add it to my list!

What a cool experience to have with your grandpa and even cooler to take your daughter back to pass those memories onto!

This looks like such a great way to spend a day. Having fun and learning in one place–I love it!

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    The ship also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule (December 1968). YORKTOWN was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve. In 1975, this historic ship was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. ... Please consider booking a guided or self-guided tour for your group ...

  2. Captain's Tour Aboard the USS Yorktown

    Tour Overview. Walk in the steps of heroes by getting a behind the scenes tour of the Yorktown featuring exclusive access to the Captain's Quarters and the B25 Bomber plane, areas of the ship not normally accessible to the general public. Price includes 1.5-hour tour and General Admission to all Patriots Point exhibits.

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    Patriots Point is located on Charleston Harbor at the base of the Ravenel Bridge and just 5 minutes from downtown Charleston. Come visit us at: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Eastbound on I-26 / Northbound on Hwy 17: Hwy 17N to Mt. Pleasant exit and cross over the Ravenel Bridge, at foot of Bridge, merge right onto Coleman Blvd (703).

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    We did the Yorktown Ghost Tour with Dustin and it was an awesome experience with an awesome host! ... An incredible thing to see! Out tour guide knew the ship incredibly well and told great stories, he also let us walk around areas on our own to get pictures and take our time. ... Bulldog Tours 18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843.722.8687 ...

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    Proudly Offered by Bulldog Tours. Audio Tour. In coordination with Bulldog Tours, our USS Yorktown audio tour pairs the exhibitions and artifacts onboard the historic ship with in-depth information and firsthand accounts from Sailors. The tour is available for $7.99 through the Patriots Point Experience app on the IOS and Android marketplaces.

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    This tour gives you exclusive night time access to areas of the ship that are closed to the public, including access to the flight deck after dark. Highlights may include: -Maritime Superstitions -Unusual Ship Christening -Captain Jocko Clark -Smokey Stover -Mysterious Sailor Disappearance. Read more.

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    Join your expert tour guide for exclusive access to the USS Yorktown. Hear terrifying tales about a ship that was once home to 3,000. ... South Carolina. Things to do in Charleston. Charleston Harbor. Guided tour. Charleston: Patriot's Point Haunted USS Yorktown Tour. 4.6 / 5 124 reviews. Activity provider:Bulldog Tours. Add to wishlist. Guided ...

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    USS Yorktown Ghost Tour. 18 Anson Street Charleston, SC 29401. (843) 722-8687. View Website.

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    Listed as a must do by the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine, this exclusive guided tour explores the unexplained mysteries of the USS Yorktown in historic Charleston, SC. Hear stories of sacrifice and devastation as this tour ventures into areas normally restricted to the public. Learn of the strange activity that has been documented and reported including the startling results of the ...

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    Enjoy a historic tour of Charleston Harbor. Then, walk in the steps of heroes on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Built in just 16 months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Known as the "Fighting Lady," this World War II ship was instrumental in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended ...

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    Tour Overview. Embark on an immersive journey through history and mystery with the Patriots Point Haunted USS Yorktown Tour, delving into the intriguing tales surrounding this legendary battleship in Charleston, South Carolina. Visitors can anticipate paranormal encounters, spooky stories, ghostly sightings, and eerie experiences as they explore the haunted corridors of the USS Yorktown.

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    USS Yorktown Harbor Tour. One of the most predominate sites on our tour is the USS Yorktown (CV-10). The Yorktown is located at Patriot's Point In Mt. Pleasant just over the Ravenel bridge from downtown Charleston. Patriot's Point is a museum of several ships including a Vietnam camp replica. For anyone that likes history, ships, old things ...

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    Visit the iconic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier at the largest museum in South Carolina - Patriot's Point Maritime Museum. This tour includes: Breathtaking views while you enjoy roundtrip transportation over the world renowned Charleston Harbor on the Ravenel Bridge. Admission to Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

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    Tour Description Come aboard The USS Yorktown and hear the stories of the American Heroes who lived, died, and are still rumored to be here today. Commissioned in 1943, the "Fighting Lady" was once manned by over 3,000 people and designed to fight off enemies all over the globe during WWII.

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    The tour needs to be another 20-30 minutes longer. There is so much to see. We will be returning at some point. Our guide was very informative and lots of fun along with the history. Book your USS Yorktown CV-10 tickets online and skip-the-line! Save time and money with our best price guarantee make the most of your visit to Mount Pleasant!

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    Our most recommended USS Yorktown CV-10 Cruises & boat tours. 1. Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry. Enjoy a ferry ride to the grounds of Fort Sumter and explore the grounds at your own pace. Pass by the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and take in the sights of Charleston's stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes.

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    354 reviews. 155 helpful votes. 1. Re: Touring USS Yorktown. 12 years ago. 2-3 hours at the Yorktown. There are some other things there to tour that may be of interest so alllow about 1/2 day for all. Ghost Tours of Charleston or Bulldog, if you want to do the old jail tour. Report inappropriate content.

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    Basic Tours. Admission for tours of Patriots Point includes access to USS Yorktown, the USS Laffey destroyer ship, and the USS Clamagore submarine. Adult (12 or older) tickets cost $22 each, senior tickets are $17, children aged 6 to 11 are $14, and children under six are admitted for free. Additionally, tickets for those with a military ID ...

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    The Charleston aircraft carrier experience is located at 40 Patriots Point Road and you'll want to set aside at least 2 hours to make the most of the fun. Admission includes access to three historic ships, the museum, and the Vietnam Experience alike. The museum is open year-round and adults can enjoy time here for $27 a person while kids 6 ...

  22. New Guided Tour Aboard USS Yorktown Unveils Captain's Quarters

    The cost of the tour is $39 for adults, $29 for children, and $34 for seniors. Tours are offered from 9 am to 6:30 am every day starting Friday. Charleston, SC (WCIV) - Patriots Point Naval and ...

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    The USS Yorktown was completely built in 14 months in the early 1940s. Originally it was 872 feet long and weighed 27,000+ tons when it was first commissioned. Over the course of its service, it gained additional features which added to its weight and length. It is now part of the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriots Point.

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