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Fort Sumter National Monument

1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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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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  • Average9%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday

IT was a very hot July day, but we took the boat to Fort Sumter. The boat ride was a delight. We listened to one of the Park Rangers describe the fort and the battles over it. Worth the time and money.

Thank Ron C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Here are a few things I learned after visiting... 1. You need 2.5 hours. 2. We chose not to buy tickets in advance which worked out just fine for the first departure. Due to summer rains, bring an umbrella. It was down pouring on the...More

Thank ventura_lady
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was my granddaughter's first boat ride on the ocean. Her first trip to Ft. Sumter. I thought the price was very reasonable. The boat had an open deck and an air conditioned deck. Snacks, drinks and the best souvenir glass I have ever bought...More

Thank sanlougen4848
Reviewed yesterday

The ferry ride to Ft. Sumter was relaxing and included an audio overview of Ft. Sumter's history. We were on the last trip of the day, so we were able to participate in the lowering of the flag, which gave the tour a patriotic feel....More

Thank meganmoore71
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the last ferry ride to Fort Sumter. The boat ride over was enjoyable. As soon as we arrived, we headed to the ceremony where the flag would be lowered. The park ranger asked for volunteers and my husband and son were able to...More

1  Thank LAE-Travel4me
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So at $21 per adult, the trip got expensive quick for four. That's the negative. On the positive side the ferry boat was really nice, well run, and ran on schedule even though we caught some rain and fog on the way out. The sight...More

Thank Francis A
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are two parts to seeing Ft. Sumter. The fort itself is on an island about 30 minutes by ferry, which you catch at the Museum on the waterfront. BE SURE TO CHECK THE FERRY SCHEDULE AS THEY ONLY RUN A FEW TIMES A DAY....More

Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed 3 days ago

A tour of Fort Sumter National Monument is a great way to spend a few hours while in Charleston. You can buy/reserve tickets ahead of time and need to plan about 2 1/2 hours from the time you arrive until you get back off the...More

1  Thank LPS789
Reviewed 3 days ago

Boat ride over was hot, but relaxing. Could. To hear the audio of the narration of the Fort. Once on the Fort, Rangers gave very good historical events about the Fort and the Cival War. It is worth listening g to these presentations, otherwise will...More

Thank 0305tiger
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed visiting this monument. The ferry boat road ride was informational and provided great scenery on the way. We were occupied the full hour while on the Fort and were very satisfied with the experience. Would definitely recommend. My only...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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24 July 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.
26 June 2017|
Response from pamdean2017 | Reviewed this property |
We saw plenty of dogs in the area. I don't believe the one we were at offered that option.
19 June 2017|
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Response from Charley5555 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on where you are staying. We stayed close to the Old Market so we took the ferry from Liberty Square because it is closer to our hotel.