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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
Douglas Visitors' Center
  Visitors to Parris Island should check in at the Douglas Visitors' Center before going anywhere else on the island. The Marines can give you a map of key locations around the island and let you know the best places to see during your visit. The visitors' center operates throughout the work week and opens early on graduation and family days.

The center is located on the left side of Boulevard de France approximately 350 yards past the parade deck.


Graduation Week
Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
*Closed on Federal Holidays.
Non-Graduation Week
Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
*Closed on Federal Holidays.


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 can be contacted at 843-228-3650 or 843-228-3297.