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Captain's Tour Aboard the USS Yorktown

History Tours

Tour Details


Adults: Starting at $45
Child (4-12): $32
Senior: Starting at $37
Military: Starting at $39
3 and under free


10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm


1h 30m

Meeting Location

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
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Ending Location

You'll return to the starting point after your tour ends.

Max Group Size:




Activity Level


Wheelchair Accessible


What’s Included?

  • Professional Guide
  • Admission fees to all Patriots Point exhibits

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Closed toe shoes

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation up to 24h in advance
  • Tours run rain or shine

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  • Email & mobile tickets accepted

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.

An Important Historic Site

On this comprehensive tour you’ll learn about life aboard the USS Yorktown during times of peace and conflict.

Passionate Experts

On our history tours, you’ll meet our most veteran and experienced tour guides. Professionally licensed and endlessly knowledgeable about this vessel.

History Brought To Life

We skip the dry historical soundbites and focus instead on the engaging stories, interesting people and critical moments that help you appreciate and understand life on an aircraft carrier.

Get Oriented

The sheer size of the USS Yorktown is overwhelming, but with the help of our guide, you’ll make the most of your tour.

A Way to Give Back

A portion of your ticket purchase is donated to the properties we tour, which means you’re helping preserve Charleston’s most historically significant landmarks, structures and sites for future generations.

Book With Confidence

The Lowest Price. Period.

Book directly on or call our office to get the best price on our tours. Find it cheaper? We'll refund the difference!

Free Cancellations

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a FULL refund. We know that plans can change, that’s why we offer one of the most generous cancellation policies in the industry.

Great Tour Guarantee

If you don't have a great tour, let us know and we promise to make it right with a full refund or voucher for a future visit.

What Our Guests are Saying

10/10 recommend Bulldog tours. We did the USS Yorktown and was very impressed. It even impressed my “too cool for you” 16 year old nephew. We will definitely book other tours with them in the future.

Katlyn - Google Reviews

Tom was our guide and aside from the fact that he served our country for 20+ years, he was an amazing and insightful guide on the Yorktown. My kids loved all the stories and anecdotes he shared both about the ship itself, but also about his times serving aboard multiple aircraft carriers. The time flew by and each stop was so captivating. There is nothing like seeing a carrier in person as the sheer scale is hard to describe.

Alexander - Google Reviews

Great tour, great tour guide, very knowledgeable, learned a lot last night and got to see areas of the ship I’ve never seen before. The type of tour you can take over and over again because it’s such an awesome experience.

Lee - Tripadvisor
Facebook: 4.8 out of 1,462+ Reviews
Google: 4.5 out of 8,395+ Reviews
Travelers' Choice 2013 - 2021
Tripadvisor: 4.5 out of 8,060+ Reviews

A Brand You Can Trust

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  • Over 1.5 Million Guests Since 2001
  • 10,000+ 5-Star Reviews
  • $4.9 Million Donated to Charleston's Historic Sites

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do the Tour Activity Levels mean?

    • EASY – Walking tours are designed for a leisurely pace but may include uneven sidewalks, some stairs and a combination of walking and standing for up to two hours.
    • MODERATE – Tours will include a more active pace at times including stairs and uneven terrain. Expect to be on your feet for the duration of the tour covering a minimum of a mile and half of the area.
    • ACTIVE – A high physical activity level is required to walk and climb narrow stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests who require canes or walkers.

  • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

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

  • What if it rains?

    We present tours rain or shine, unless the conditions are dangerous. Charleston is famous for its summer afternoon passing showers.

  • Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?

    Because of the narrow stairs and tight passageways, this tour is not conducive to wheelchairs and strollers. Ask about our private tours that can be offered with accommodations in mind.

  • How many stops?

    Once aboard the USS Yorktown, guests are guided on a tour of a “behind the ropes” portion of the ship. The remaining exhibits not included on the tour are included in the tour price and may be explored on your own.

  • How much walking is involved?

    Most of the walking for this tour is done as guests approach the aircraft carrier. There are narrow passageways, steps and ladders on the tour, but walking is light to moderate

  • What if I am hard of hearing?

    Our professional guides are skilled public speakers and work hard to make sure everyone can hear during the tour. If you are hard of hearing, please let your guide know and we’ll ensure you get a front-row seat.

  • Is parking available?

    Parking is available for a small fee at Patriots Point for tours aboard the USS Yorktown.

  • What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a FULL refund. If you need to change or modify your tickets, simply call us at 843-722-TOUR (8687). We offer trip protection which ensures a refund within the 24 hours prior to the tour if you need to cancel.

  • What if I am unhappy with the tour?

    Our #1 priority at Bulldog Tours is giving great tours. If you don't have a great experience, let us know and we promise to make it right with a full refund or voucher for a future visit.

  • Are bathrooms available during the tour?

    Yes, bathrooms are available aboard the USS Yorktown. We encourage guests to use them prior to the tour because our guides will not interrupt the tour for restroom stops.

  • Are tours offered only in English?

    Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please email or call us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.

  • Should I tip my Bulldog tour guide?

    If you feel your tour guide has provided a great experience, gratuities are encouraged— and welcomed—at the end of your tour. We believe that recognizing excellent service is a personal matter, though 15-20% of your booking fee is a good rule of thumb. Gratuities for your guide are always appreciated, but never expected.

  • What if I still have questions?

    We’re here to help! Simply call us at 843-722-TOUR (8687) if you have any additional questions or concerns.


We’re happy to arrange private tours or build custom group tours for schools, corporate teams, non-profits, family reunions, and more. Simply contact us or call 843-722-8687 to book.

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Sustaining Charleston's Historic Places

A portion of your ticket purchase is invested back into the properties we tour, ensuring that Charleston’s most historically significant landmarks, structures, sites, and stories endure. As of today, Bulldog Tours has raised $5,419,287 for the preservation of our historic site affiliates in Charleston. Thank you for your generous support.

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