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Fort Moultrie
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Owner description: Federal headquarters for the National Park Service's historic properties located in Charleston and Fort Sumter.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is a national park, so kids can participate in the Junior Ranger program and get their badge if they complete all the assigned activities. The volunteers and rangers that work there are very helpful and accommodating. The film and indoor museum was informative, but the fort itself takes you through time from the Revolutionary War through World War 2 and the 160 years the fort was actively used. It only cost $3 for myself and my 9 year old was free. Definitely worth going out to Sullivan's island. They architecture of the surrounding homes and churches are an added bonus.

Thank carolinagirl64
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

An interesting place that has lots of history behind it, Be prepared for a lot of walking because the complex is a lot larger than it appears at first.

Thank Jeramy L
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

If you are visiting Sullivan's Island for the beach or to see where the Hunley was launched, you must go to Fort Moultrie. It is much less crowded than the Ft Sumter tours, the museum is much better (and has a funny/informative movie where one actor stars as various army personnel through the life of Ft Moultrie), the fort is easy to walk around and the displays cover the entire active life of the fort, you can walk around the outside and get great photos of the harbor and Charleston. It is less expensive than Ft Sumter, and the fort is better preserved and to our family much more interesting.

2  Thank TomTrel
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Other writers have told of the historical significance of Fort Moultrie and I'd like to cover the practical. Getting there must be done by private car or tour bus from around Charleston but it's a fairly straight shot on 17 to Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant and onward with reasonable traffic until you're actually crossing the bridge to Sullivans which can be slow. Follow the map on their website.

The restaurants nearby always have a wait on weekends and parking in that area is difficult.
I have never seen and don't believe there are any fast food establishments nor strip malls so best to bring a picnic if you want casual inexpensive eating.

At the Fort there is plenty of free parking even if an event is going on and they have several a year with re-enactors and other guests. It's a bargain entry at $3 for an adult and kids get in free. The visitors center has exhibits and well informed park service people. Frequently events are free entry for everyone.

Regarding accessibility for wheel chairs and strollers. They do have one wheel chair available to borrow but best to bring your own. The visitors center and most of the grounds surrounding the fort have a great paved path, parking lot is paved and ramp up to the visitors center. There are only about six handicapped parking spots but all the parking until you get to overflow is on flat ground.

Inside of the fort for the most part is also accessible but this is a fairly large site and grounds. There are some steeper inclines that may take a bit of muscle to get up especially if it's 97 degrees. To view the World War II exhibit from a wheel chair would involve special instructions from the park service employees which they are happy to provide.

In front of the Fort facing Fort Sumter across the water is a wonderful small public beach that we plan to be prepared for on our next visit. There are also other public beaches in the area.
I could not find a paved path to the beach but have not thoroughly explored Sullivans Island. There is a rough grass path from the fort sidewalk to a viewing point near the waters edge.

For us one avid history person and one not (and after several visits) we can still spend an hour to two just walking around, looking at the water and enjoying the site. If there are demonstrations or re enactments or we wanted to spend time on the beach it would be a longer time.

This can be a wonderful low cost, educational and beautiful outing for the multi generational family with beach time to boot!

3  Thank GallaghersTravels
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We visited Fort Moultrie because it was a great deal cheaper than Fort Sumter. My kids enjoyed the tour, and we enjoyed the history. We learned so much from the tour. The park ranger was so helpful and super nice! My daughter completed the park ranger program while there. If you are visiting from out of town, you should stop by and visit!

Thank Kate T
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