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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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+1 843-883-3123
Today
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and...

Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War, in which the Union forces finally surrendered after a 34-hour bombardment by the Rebels.

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Fort Sumter - More Important than Ever to Visit

Even though I am a Canadian, I have always been fascinated by the story of the American Civil War and the lessons, learned and unlearned, that came out of that conflict. Estimates... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ok. I was teetering between 3 and 4 stars, and decided on 3. Here's why: the visitor's center at Patriots Point is excellent, exactly up to par with the quality I've seen from the National Park Service in the past. Rangers were there to answer questions and were very friendly. The boat ride out to the fort was iffy. The... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though I am a Canadian, I have always been fascinated by the story of the American Civil War and the lessons, learned and unlearned, that came out of that conflict. Estimates of the war dead have always been difficult, but there is no doubt that at least 620,000 men died from wounds, disease or as prisoners of war. Some... More 

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Piscataway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just took a lovely relaxing 35 minute ferry ride over to Ft. Sumter and back, and the actual "guided tour" of the Fort and the surrounding island forts, is given aboard the ferry boat on the way there. The ferry is clean, and has a small snack stand aboard, where hot dogs, sandwiches, and a few other snacks, sodas and... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was very interesting to take the boat to Fort Sumter and to walk around the island. We were there in July and it was extremely hot. There weren't many places to get out of the extreme heat. I would have enjoyed this more on a cooler day. We really enjoyed the boat ride to and from the island. The... More 

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Athens, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The river boat ride out to the monument was nice. Many of us saw dolphins swimming near us! The guide gave a nice demonstration of lowering the flag as well as explaining the start of the Civil War. Worth your time!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Low impact activity that seemed good for all ages. Didn't seem like the most interesting thing for the little kids. Good audio history on the boat ride over and informative signs all over the fort. Beautiful view of Charleston and surrounding area.

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Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband has always wanted to visit here so I planned a trip here during our last anniversary. We had a great time. So much history here, I learned quite a bit I didn't know about it's influence during the Civil War. My only complaint is the lack of time we had over here before having to take a ferry... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip by boat over to Fort Sumter. The tour of this very historical land mark was outstanding.The history of the island was well documented and the site well presented and maintained .Walking round the island viewing the surrounding coastline was very pleasurable.The only negative was the lecture we got on the way back by an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Significant local history location. Nice ferry ride to and from the fort. Rangers give a short tour of the museum once on the fort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent trip for anyone who wants to lean more about the Civil War. I had. It realized that the Civil War actually started here. There is a museum at the port and another museum on the island with interesting displays. You take a ferry to Fort Sumter then you have 45 minutes to look around at the Fort before heading... More 

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