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Fort Sumter National Monument

1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
843-883-3123
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, National Parks, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 surrendered after a 34-hour bombardment by the Rebels.
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Frederick, Maryland
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134 reviews 134 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The boat ride to the island includes background information about the fort and the events leading up to the bombing of Fort Sumter. Upon arriving on the island, we entered the fort and listened to an excellent presentation by the park ranger. We had about an hour to explore the fort, the surrounding grounds, and a small museum inside the... More

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Central Point, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Took the ferry to Fort Sumter. It was the first thing on our list of things to do in S. Carolina and it didn't disappoint. Went out in the morning while the weather was nice. The ferry had inside areas with windows for those that don't like wind. The presentation by National Parks Rangers was very well done. Don't miss... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

While Fort Sumter is a "must visit" due to its place in American history, it is a little disappointing once you actually arrive at the Fort. In truth, there isn't a lot left of the fort -- only the first level of the outer wall is left of three originally. But, there is enough left to get a good feel... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

this is a must in the Charleston area. The boat ride is great trip in itself. The history of Fort Sumter is important to experience through this trip. Only complaint is that it was not sufficient time on the island to truly see all at Fort Sumter. The park rangers are very helpful and very knowledgable about the Fort and... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Great cultural and historical destination. When taking the ferry to the Fort, remember, you don't have to come back on the next ferry. The first time I visited, I regretted I couldn't stay longer. For a mere $5, you can come back on a later ferry of your choosing...this allows you to spend more time absorbing the history of this... More

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California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Best way to understand Charleston is from the water. We were going to take a harbor tour when the young lady at the visitors center suggested we tour Fort Sumter. You get the same great water views an a little bit more. Staff is very knowledgable and can answer any questions about the fort or Charleston. Excellent way to spend... More

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Finger Lakes, New York
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Even if you don't care for military history, this place is of such historical significance that it is a "must do" when in Charleston. The boat ride is narrated and gives an excellent overview of the island fortress over its entire history, not just the Civil War. A Park Ranger gives an excellent opening narration when you first arrive. Well... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was a little disappointed in the Ft. Sumter monument. There isn't much left of the fort and not much inside. The park service staff were very helpful in answering questions. Good for history buffs, but the museum was more informative and enjoyable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Although this fort is relatively small, and not much of the original outer walls remain, the boat trip was a great way to get a double experience. Nice well narrated history. Good for children and adults alike. You get an hour on the island, which is plenty of time to look around.

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Homosassa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The ferry trip was very nice to and from the fort. It's about 30 minutes each way and is the only way you have access to the fort. The ferry is rather large and had plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The snacks on board are reasonably priced. Once you get to the fort, the ferry lets you off to... More

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