Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Review, Patriot Point Maritime Museum

The Fighting Lady is Very Impressive

Visiting Patriots Point, the nation’s oldest aircraft carrier museum was an awesome experience! The Fighting Lady is a retired World War II aircraft carrier, at over 70 years old she is still very impressive today.

Retired warplane located on the flight
deck of the Yorktown CV-10

The inside of the USS Yorktown CV-10 is laid out similar to a museum. There are lots of military artifacts, scaled models, and several full-size airplanes. When you step out onto the massive flight deck, you will be in the midst of even more retired jets and military planes. This part of the tour was especially exciting to my seven-year-old son. The CV-10 is not designed for those with bad knees, many of the stairways are more like ladders than steps.

The Destroyer

The USS Laffey (DD-724) is more interactive for the kids. This amazing vessel is much smaller and feels less like a museum. My advice would be to resist the urge to go straight for the enormous aircraft carrier. Take in the military destroyer and all it has to offer before embarking on the journey of exploring the CV-10.

USS Laffey (DD-724) Retired Military destroyer

I am not a huge military buff nor do I typically enjoy touring museums. I thought this would be a fun and educational day trip for my family and as it turns out, I was correct. I highly recommend visiting this exhibit, I would suggest that you allow at least 4 hours to enjoy this tour. Who knows, if we are back in the area again, we may see you there.

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