Event Overview


Picture yourself here.

With unmatched views of the harbor and the Charleston city skyline, with 42,000 tons of steel underfoot, the USS YORKTOWN at Patriots Point is an unforgettable event location. There is no place like it; a setting where history is the remarkable backdrop for special occasions.

Patriots Point has evolved as one of the regionís most memorable travel destinations since its inception in 1975. It has been the site for hundreds of events of all types. Interior and exterior areas provide options for large and small groups. Guests now have access to spaces that were not previously available, including the Admiralís Quarters, providing perspective on past life on board a Navy ship. The new South Pier area provides a breezy waterside setting, with room for dining and dancing under Carolina blue skies or the stars.

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It's not just the commanding view and premium location that attracts meeting and event planners from across the country.

Known the world over as "The Fighting Lady", this WWII legend opens her hangar bay, fantail, flight deck and other locations and surrounds your group with stories of heroism, patriotism and adventure.

Please fill out the form to the right to request additional information, or contact Bobby Kotlowski - (843) 881-5989 or (843) 697-1186 or email eventsrentals@patriotspoint.org.

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Events Reinvented

We offer 20 different spaces for groups of 15 to 3,500 on board ship and on our grounds, all in an awe-inspiring environment with historic treasures throughout. Attentive service and a full-service onsite catering company make every Patriots Point event easy to plan, yet hard to forget.

The holidays are quickly approaching and Patriots Point has a venue for every type of celebration. JMC Charleston can help with all of your holiday party needs, making the process simple with their pre-planned packages. Watch the YORKTOWN transform with any of these parties. Contact Patriots Point to get started.

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Weddings on Board

With unmatched views of the Charleston harbor and city, The Fighting Lady presents itself among the top wedding reception venues in the area. Aboard the USS Yorktown, you and your guests will enjoy a romantic night amongst history and tradition in the number 1 city in America (according to Conde Nast). Whether it's a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or the wedding ceremony itself, Patriots Point has plenty to offer... MORE INFORMATION

Available Venue Spaces

Flight Deck USS YORKTOWN Fantail
Hangar Bay I, II, III Sponson
South Pier Outdoor Dock Pri-Fly & Observation Deck
Wardroom USS LAFFEY Fantail
Smokey Stover Theatre Vietnam Support Base Camp
Science Lab Picnic Area
Admiralís & Captainís Quarters Waterís Edge
The Grove Leadership Center

Reunions & Memorials


Celebrate life and close ties on board the USS YORKTOWN.

Come and share a day of old memories or make new ones as your group enjoys time together.

Our proud history provides an emotional setting for military reunions and a fun, instructional setting for a multigenerational family reunion. The possibilities are endless, whether you have a few hours or a few days, so explore our options.

Call Bobby Kotlowski - (843) 881-5989 or email eventsrentals@patriotspoint.org to plan a much anticipated, truly memorable reunion.



Come on board and become a "hero" with your group.

Top Shelf Catering is the official caterer of Patriots Point. Top Shelf Catering is in the business of “special.” The company has earned rave reviews from a wide range of event and meeting planners. Whether it’s an elegant wedding reception, office holiday gathering, golden anniversary dinner, or sweet sixteen birthday, Top Shelf Catering’s role is catering to you – your vision, your budget, your special day.

Contact Top Shelf Catering's Director of Sales Julie Haven at
(843)375-1366 or jhaven@topshelfcateringcompany.com.

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What types of venues do you have available at Patriots Point?
There are many venue spaces available on board the YORKTOWN and on our grounds, suitable for a wide variety of events. Some spaces are indoors on board the ship, and either open to weather or enclosed. Others are outside, off the ship. Some spaces are climate controlled. We are likely to have at least one space that will be ideal for your group size and other needs.
What are the costs of renting the venue?
Rental prices are quoted upon request and based on spaces used for the event. A basic guideline to prices for all of our spaces is available. Additionally, audio/visual, parking, optional tours, and other costs are itemized and available for your review while planning your event.
How do I hold a date?
After a client expresses firm interest in a space, the desired date of your event will be placed on hold, while space availability is checked and confirmed. Once the client approves the reservation, Patriots Point will send a contract, and a 50% deposit of the total fee is required. Deposits are non-refundable; but in the event that you must cancel, this amount can be applied to a future event. For more information, contact the Events Rentals department, 843.881.5989 or EventsRentals@patriotspoint.org.
What time can my event start and end?
Rental fees are based on a three to five-hour event. See our Location Fees list for specifics for each space. Overtime charges will be incurred for each additional hour or portion thereof. Generally, events may be scheduled 6AM-10:30PM, subject to compatibility, availability, and other Patriots Point functions.
Is there parking available for guests at the venue?
Parking is available at the Patriots Point parking lot, within walking distance of all venues. Parking is charged at $5 per vehicle per day.
Can more than one event occur at the same time?
The Events Rentals Department will determine the types and number of events that may occur simultaneously to make sure that events will not interfere with one another, and that they will not be disruptive to daily visitors.
Is tenting permitted?
Tenting is permitted on the Flight Deck and all piers, as well as in areas off the ship.
Is security available for events?
Patriots Point provides a public safety officer for every special event. Large events (such as concerts, Proms and fraternity parties) may require the use of off-duty Mount Pleasant Police Officers. This will be coordinated through the Events Rentals Department.
Is smoking permitted at Patriots Point?
There is no smoking permitted anywhere on board the YORKTOWN. Smoking is permitted outdoors in a designated area below Elevator Three.
Do you have access for persons with disabilities?
We are ADA compliant, with an elevator on board the YORKTOWN providing access to the Hangar Bay Level, Flight Deck, and Quarters. Accessibility for each venue space should be discussed in advance of confirming a location with the Events Coordinator.
Can banners, signs or other dťcor be hung in the event area?
Banners and signs are permitted. Please speak to the Events Rentals department regarding specific rules. Existing museum signage cannot be moved. Nothing can be hung from, or applied to, our exhibits. All event signage must be removed at the conclusion of an event.
Does the USS YORKTOWN have air conditioning?
Some inside spaces are both air conditioned and heated. Please discuss specific spaces in advance with the Events Manager.
How can we support Patriots Point?
By scheduling an event at the Patriots Point, you are providing support. We also have a variety of Membership Programs. Additionally, donations are always appreciated and will support our programs and services.