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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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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

You must take a ferry as the fort is in the center of the harbor. You can just visualize how the revolution and civil war were fought on this. It of history. It's a beautiful, well kept national monument. The Rangers are well versed in...More

Thank Rosedr25
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Unlike the Alamo, a historical site that has been significantly changed since the historical battle took place, Fort Sumter's historical-intactness was greatly appreciated.

Thank JMRpink
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Definitely take the boat over to Fort Sumter. The sense of history is palpable and only by being there in person can you truly appreciate the importance of this battle in starting the Civil War. The fort is smaller than one would anticipate and to...More

Thank dvorac4
Reviewed 11 January 2017

I really enjoyed the cruise out across the water and exploring and reading about the fort. However, my family members who don't care much for history found it somewhat boring, so it's not for everyone, but if history is your thing, you will have a...More

Thank tmagic11
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

A ride in the harbor, ranger history narration and talks and a beautiful sunny day, so what is not to like? We had a class with us, so we all got o help raise the flag which was a fun and moving experience on the...More

Thank JudgeT
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

This fort was one of the reasons we chose to vacation in Charleston. The boat ride out to the island included commentary on the history of its importance at the beginning and during the Civil War. The commentary was very well done and we enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Purchased the SpiritLine boat trip to Fort Sumter from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. The departure times change depending on the time of year. Arrive 30 minutes early to get tickets and boarding. Plan on 2 hours and 15 minutes. (1 hour at the fort)....More

Thank endlesstrip16
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

A wonderful boat trip takes you to Fort Sumter National Monument. It was a moving experience being part of the lowering of the flag. The guide was very informative.

Thank goldwingbaz
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Fort Sumter is a must-see for any war/Civil War buff and really anybody in general. Very neat to see the spot where the Civil War's first shot was fired. Though we did not know it when we booked the tour, we were on the first...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Very cool to see where the Civil War Started. There is a museum both on the shore and at the Fort that you have to check out. To get to the island – which is way further out in the water than I ever thought...More

Thank mja1982
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2 August 2017|
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Response from TcarlGren | Reviewed this property |
At least 4 story parking garage
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.