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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 3 days ago

Must see... but wish had a bit more time at the actual monument ...at least the same amount of time it takes to take boat out to monument.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 459keith
Reviewed 3 days ago

The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because 1 hour on the island was not really enough to go through the museum and walk around reading all of the placards. Since we did the afternoon tour after eating some lunch,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SoonerWolverine
Reviewed 3 days ago

My companion is a history buff so we had to go to Fort Sumter. We got to the National Parks site 30 minutes before departure at 11:00am. We strolled through the small museum there before we boarded the ferry. While the ferry does flash photos...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BML111
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited Ft. Sumter with friends and loved every minute of the tour. We departed from Patriots Point by boat for the fort and enjoyed dolphins swimming along side much of the trip. The entire boat ride is narrated and helped orient us to Charleston...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank cribben2
Reviewed 4 days ago

The ferry ride was fine and the rangers at the Fort were wonderful and gave a great short speech to inform us of both broad history and specific details not found in brief summaries. They were friendly and enthusiastic. And the history of Fort Sumter...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paulofglenview
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent park ranger interpretive speech about the Fort. Morning visitors are invited to help raise the flag, afternon visitors help bring it down. 'A special moment during our trip.' Go on a warm sunny day if possible because the winds are strong and cold on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Beth B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great way to see the harbor and the bridge from the water to and from the fort. Very comfortable ferry ride with restrooms and snack bar. Awe inspiring structure whose original walls are a third the height of the originals, gives one the sense of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Arthurgray
Reviewed 4 days ago

Onto the ferry for a 30 minute history ride then a guided tour by the park ranger. Being present at the end of the day affords the opportunity to see or participate in the lowering of the giant flag. About 20 folks help catch and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank theonlymaryhoward
Reviewed 4 days ago

Before we speak of the Monument, let"s first talk about the beautiful ride to the Fort. You have an outstanding view of Old Charleston, the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, the Ravenel Bridge, and the overall view that is presented to every ship coming into the port...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank feetfly1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived on the last boat of the day and were able to participate in the flag lowering ceremony. The park ranger that led the ceremony gave a brief but moving speech. Fascinating, and the 1 hour on the island is just the right amount...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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
29 July 2018|
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Response from Ken1776 | Reviewed this property |
Please access the Fort Sumter website; it has all of the information you need!