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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
Phone Number: +1 843-883-3123
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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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A must for history fanatics! First shot of Civil War

Ok, this is a must for any history fan....and isn't that why you came to the most historic city in the South to begin with?! I took the boat tour leaving from Patriots Point with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok, this is a must for any history fan....and isn't that why you came to the most historic city in the South to begin with?! I took the boat tour leaving from Patriots Point with my wife and 3 year old. It's about a 30 min boat ride each way and you get an hour at the fort. The place... More 

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Sparta, New Jersey, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fort Sumter holds such an important place in American and Civil War history. If you are in Charleston, this is a must for your sightseeing.

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Loveland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The man made island is as historic as it gets and well worth the time. A must see in Charleston. However, we were only given a little over 1 hour to tour the Fort and see the exhibits and that is not near enough time. However, you have no choice if you want to ride the boat back that you... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is a true national treasure. Nothing I can think of that I would rather do than spend a day learning about history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love history, definitely a must see! The ride over is relaxing and we saw dolphins along the way also!

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Belleair Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Ft. Sumter recently. Although most of the original fort was destroyed in the war there is certainly enough to give a sense of the experience. It is about a 20-30 minute boat ride out to the fort and the guides discuss the history on the way. There is a small museum at the fort which includes the original... More 

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Jasper, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A visit to Fort Sumter is a must when in Charleston. It is a pleasant boot ride over to Fort Sumter. you can get a glimpse of the USS Yorktown on the way over. It goes without saying one gets a first hand look at history while approaching and on Fort Sumter. Seeing all the mortars and cannons was way... More 

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lansing michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great tour of Ft Sumpter - Anne and Paul were informative rangers and volunteers. Heard stories of battles and individuals who were involved in the Union vs Confederate struggle. Were able to help with the flag raising at Ft Sumpter so that was special experience. December was cool and windy weather but great to have just 100 others on the... More 

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Gloucester Point Va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see stop while in Charleston. Do not miss. Step back in time and visit the fort. Where it all started in 1861. Take time to read the many plaques on the island.

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Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The only way to get to the Fort is by boat. The National Park Service has contracted a tour company to get you on to the Island Fort. Very nice boat ride out there, and you are allowed an hour to tour the Fort which is plenty of time. Much of the Fort was destroyed over the years of bombardment,... More 

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