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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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We took the 30 minute boat ride from the visitor center to the fort. Had 1 hour at fort. Restrooms at fort not working due to hurricane, but you can use boat facilities at any... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Susan L
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the 30 minute boat ride from the visitor center to the fort. Had 1 hour at fort. Restrooms at fort not working due to hurricane, but you can use boat facilities at any time. Rangers give history talk and there is small museum. Very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fort Sumter is an important piece of US history. It does sit out in the bay and its about a 30 minute ferry ride to the island. Get there early in order to buy tickets for an early time slot. The ferry is nice, relaxing, and they tell you the history of Fort Sumter while you ride out to the... More 

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Thank Nicholas M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I took a boat ride out to Fort Sumter. I learned a lot that I did not know about the history of the South. The fort itself is magnificent and I was amazed at how they are able to keep it so well maintained out on that island.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Figure 2.5 hours from departure to return. The ferry ride was about 20 minutes each way. Lots of information shared over the loudspeaker. Once to the island take advantage of the stories from the park rangers.... Wonderful for history and to think back to how those tumultuous times must have felt. Good opportunity to walk around the fort and island... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

But it didn't deter us. The water taxi was a bit chilly going over (and every traveler sat in the enclosed downstairs on the way back). Overall, the informative history was welcomed and concise. The fort was very cool to experience up close. For anyone interested in Charleston history, a Fort Sumpter visit is a must. If you're looking for... More 

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Thank David U
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So awesome. My inner geek was flipping out. The park ranger, Antoine, was great. Funny, teasing, and very knowledgeable. You have to take a ferry to the site so being a light jacket just in case, being on the water can get a bit chilly. It was a site to behold. Yeah, the fort isn't what it was in 1861... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love war info, war history this is the place for you. My family of four all has different likes. Kids like the boat ride out there and seeing dolphins. My husband love war/ history stuff. I liked seeing both. There are guide walking around if you have any questions. You can even hear a story/ info when you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the ferry over to Fort Sumter. It was very windy and cool so bundle up if you go in March!! It was nice to learn about the history of Fort Sumter - sad to know that it used to be a huge place! We got to see dolphins on the way back to the mainland - Worth the visit!

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King, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great time on our trip to Fort Sumter. We loved the ferry boat ride over because we stood at the front of the boat and saw tons of dolphins on the way over and back! If you are in the first tour over do not miss the flag raising!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a history geek, so this was a must see for me. It pretty much met my expectations, but didn't go above them. The museum is pretty good, but I feel a bit more restoration of the monument would have been nice (even just having part of the museum showing how the different troops lived there vs. just the... More 

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