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MCRD Parris Island: 843-228-2111
MCAS Beaufort: 843-228-7100



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Visitor Information

Parris Island Geography and History

Parris Island, South Carolina, consists of 8,095 acres, of which only 3,262 are habitable. The remaining acres are primarily salt marsh. Enlisted male training began here in November 1915. Enlisted female training began here in February 1949.

Marines have trained on the Depot during each major conflict of the 20th century:

  • WWI – 41,000 recruits.
  • WWII – 205,000 recruits.
  • Korean War – 138,000 recruits.
  • Vietnam War – 250,000 recruits.

Visitors Guide

Parris Island is one of the most visited military facilities in the world, hosting more than 120,000 visitors a year. This translates into a significant economic impact for surrounding communities. Most visitors come to attend the recruit Graduation Ceremony. Visitors to at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island can find lodging, dining, tours and attractions in nearby Beaufort, Port Royal and Bluffton. Please view details at the Useful Links section. As the headquarters of the Eastern Recruiting Region and recruit training for all females and males east of the Mississippi River, we expect to provide only the best experiences possible for our visitors. Parris Island also extends its hospitality to Community Organizations that may wish to visit as a group.

Vehicle operators must possess:

  • A valid driver's license.
  • Vehicle registration.
  • Proof of automobile insurance.

The nearest major airports to Parris Island are the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and the Hilton Head Airport (HHH). The next closest airport is the Charleston International Airport (CHS). Transportation from these airports is not provided, however both airports have rental car agencies.

Special Needs

Those visitors who require wheelchairs may want to bring one of their own, as the Visitors’ Center has a limited number for loan. Individuals with impaired hearing who require a sign language interpreter for graduation should contact the Visitor's Center as far in advance as possible (30 days).

Please visit www.mcrdpi.usmc.mil or www.mccs-sc.com/recruitfamilies/ for more detailed Visitors Information.


Special Needs
Those visitors who require wheelchairs may want to bring one of their own, as the Visitors' Center has a limited number for loan. Individuals with impaired hearing who require a sign language interpreter for graduation should contact the Visitor's Center as far in advance as possible (30 days) before graduation.

 

MCRD Parris Island Visitors Center
Tel: 843-228-3650

The Douglas Visitors' Center is the initial point of contact for more than 100,000 visitors to Parris Island each year. The center is named in honor of Paul H. Douglas, who, in 1942 at the age of 50, was the oldest Marine recruit to have completed recruit training. After attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1946, he left the Marine Corps and went on to become a U.S. Senator in Illinois.

The Visitors Center is located on Boulevard De France just past Peatross Parade Deck. The center is staffed by Marines who have a wealth of information for visitors. For more information on graduation or visiting the Depot, please call the Douglas Visitors' Center. Pre-recorded information concerning graduation is available by calling 800-826-7503.

Graduation Week Hours of Operation (Closed on Federal Holidays)
Monday 0730 - 1600
Tuesday 0730 - 1600
Wednesday 0730 - 1600
Thursday 0600 - 1600
Friday 0600 - 1400
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Non-Graduation Week Hours of Operation (Closed on Federal Holidays)
Monday 0730 - 1600
Tuesday 0730 - 1600
Wednesday 0730 - 1600
Thursday 0730 - 1600
Friday 0730 - 1600
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


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Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) MCRD Parris Island
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Catering Information
Traditions Restaurant (MCRD Parris Island)
The Lyceum (MCRD Parris Island)
Food Court (MCRD Parris Island)
The Sand Trap Grill & Cafe (MCRD Parris Island)
Java Cafe (MCRD Parris Island)
Subway Restaurant (MCRD Parris Island)
The Officers' Club (MCAS Beaufort)
The Santini Bar (MCAS Beaufort)
Food Court (MCAS Beaufort)
Subway Restaurant (MCAS Beaufort)

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About Us
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Services

Temporary Lodging Facility (deTreville House)
ITT & All Points Travel
Parris Island R.V. Park
Outdoor Recreation
Barber & Hair Salon
Engraving Shop
Dry Cleaners & Laundry
Facility Reservations
Car Wash

Things To Do

Single Marine & Sailor Program
Movie Theaters
Afterburners
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The Legends Golf Course
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