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Fort Sumter National Monument

Open today: 08:30 - 17:00

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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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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed today via mobile

Looking online, we saw that only 4 boats per day actually dock at Fort Sumter; we booked tickets in advance, and got in line just 15 minutes before boarding. The boat ride is about 30 minutes each way (with food and drinks available for purchase),...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mink52
Reviewed today

The trip across the bay was enjoyable but there isn't much to see once you get to the fort. It was never a residential fort, rather a fortification to protect the bay. Thus, not much to see. The ranger did a nice job of interpretation...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tourdemonde
Reviewed today

We have a wonderful tour guide tell us the story of the battles and bringing it truly to life for us. The ride on the boat out there was fun and so much beauty to take in, don't miss it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Susaperson
Reviewed today

Nice tour for some historical perspective. Tour starts with a nice ferry trip across the harbor to the fort. We booked the 9:30am departure to watch the flag-raising ceremony at the fort, which we would recommend, especially if you have children. We felt like we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank eagleeyetoday
Reviewed yesterday

Had the pleasure of being the last tour of the day and was able to watch the lowering of the flag. Great water taxi over to the island.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Regina H
Reviewed yesterday

Visited here yesterday and was amazed at the condition of the fort after being so heavily bombed. The layout of the cannons and to see the artillery shells stuck in the wall bring the reality of what these soldiers must have endured. Took the boat...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dale L
Reviewed yesterday

Was a cold and windy day, so the boat ride was a little long. Had a hard time docking at the Fort, but with so little to see we could have just done a drive by. One hour at Fort seemed too long.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Reggie2017
Reviewed yesterday

If you like history, this is a nice little tour for about a hour or two which gives some history of Charleston and Ft. Sumter. The museum on site very interesting. We were on the last tour of the day and you get a presentation...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PasadenaWoman
Reviewed 2 days ago

While we were amazed at how relatively small the fort was, it was a humbling experience to stand on this ground. A reminder of what serious division can do to a nation.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank barryl242
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend visiting Fort Sumter. If you're going to visit, I suggest buying your tickets online so that you can go straight to the dock once you arrive. You'll have to stand for awhile waiting to get on the Ferry, but once on, it's an...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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20 March 2019|
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Response from donnasew | Reviewed this property |
Did not see it either. Really wanted to participate so it was a bummer. They close at 4 so I would suppose you need to find out where to catch the last ferry there. Have read where many people who did participate, really... More
caroline d
7 January 2019|
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Response from NancyTColorado | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so unless there would be a private tour operator that offers that. We took the NPS tour
12 November 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest phoning the locations mentioned and or checking the web sites for an accurate answer. I am not able to give a difinitive answer, sorry. We embarked from Liberty Square. The park there is lovely and the port... More