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Fort Sumter National Monument

1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
843-883-3123
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As featured in Daytrips from Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Battlefields, History Museums, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Marion
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I was a beautiful Day a little windy but what do you expect when in Charleston, the ride over to Fort Sumter was very good and the rangers at the fort were very knowledgeable and friendly, a bit of History I would recommend anyone to see.

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Madison, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a perfect day, weather wise when we visited the fort. The ferry ride was enjoyable and informative. The rangers were very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw more dolphins in the harbor than we expected! We left from the Patriots Point dock where you can also tour the USS Yorktown. A fun way to spend three hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Lovely boat trip. The parks service people are knowledgable, helpful and friendly. The fort has a very cool museum and the place is great full stop. The 2 hour trip is JUST enough time to see everything and hear a 10 minute talk about the history of the fort. Highly recommended

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Westfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice afternoon exploring the fort. Allow about 3-4 hours for this and book your ferry trip in advance if possible. My 7 and 9 year old boys did the Jr Ranger program and they enjoyed finding the facts as we did the museum, rode the ferry and explored the island. The ferry trip is about 45 minutes each way and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

A short and pleasant ferry ride to and from the island provides a good introduction to the fort and the role it played in the Civil War. The ranger at the fort was informative and the structure itself is very impressive. Highly recommended.

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Since Fort Sumter is on an island, this visit gave us more bang for our buck with a ferry ride out to the island and a very good narrated tour detailing Charleston's storied past and providing excellent views of the harbor. The fort itself is a partially reconstructed ruin, half the height of the original, with the large concrete "Battery... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

30 minute boat ride (dolphins in the harbor) each way to the fort with one hour spent at the fort. There is a museum on the fort and a small gift shop. A great history lesson for all and meaningful as the Civil War started at Fort Sumter.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

There is so much history about Charleston that is linked with the fort and to not see it would be a mistake. The Park ranger Anne was really good and helpful. You need about 3 hours for the total boat ride there and back and you have only about 45 minutes at the fort...Definitely better than just doing the harbor... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We took our 6 year old boys over to the fort to add some history to our stay. It is about a 30 min ferry ride over to the island. Great history about where the Civil Way began. I have learned so much about Fort Sumter over the years so fascinating to see it, learn additional facts and walk around... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Don't really get into the whole civil was history thing, but really like this attraction. The park service worker was very knowledgable and made it interesting. The whole event including the boat ride is just over 2 hours with just one hour on the island. The boat ride was educational as well and gave us a good overview of the... More

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