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. 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 and 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).
MCRD Parris Island Visitors Center
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.