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Fort Sumter National Monument

Address: 1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Phone Number: 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
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...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Attraction details
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, National Parks, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

I love visiting old forts and historical monuments. This was a great place to add to my list of visited historical sites. Unfortunately, we went to the fort on an overcast day. Therefore, my pictures do not do justice to the beauty and excitement of this monument. The tour started on the boat ride over. A park ranger pointed out... More 

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St. George, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

While the Fort visit is free, it cost $18 (soon to be $19) per person to ride the boat to the fort. Once there, you only have one hour to visit and your doing this with 300+/- other people who rode the ferry with you. Unlike some of the other NHS's we've visited, this one is nothing close to what... More 

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Washington, DC
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121 reviews 121 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the boat ride and the history of the recording on the way over. A National Park ranger also gave a history of the fort upon arrival and we were then able to wander the grounds. The one hour time frame was just the right amount.

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Florida
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330 reviews 330 reviews
99 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We walked about 15-20 minutes to Fort Sumter from our hotel near city market. The admission to the Fort cost $36 for 2 adults with departures at 11am or 230pm. They recommend advance ticket purchase but we were able to acquire tickets 20 minutes before departure. The visitor center has a detailed history of the Fort. A 3 level tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My husband and I visited Charleston on our honeymoon and as a history major, he demanded we take the ferry to see Fort Sumter. My best tip: bring a jacket for the ferry ride. It was a very warm day however once the breeze off the water starts and the ferry is moving, it was freezing. The trip isn't that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

First, when you arrive ask a Ranger for the kit for the children to do their National Park Ranger Badge Program, this is a free service in ALL National Parks and Monuments! A little known program, I might add. Sorry adults, I believe its only for minor children;) This is a must see/experience. The boat ride over is surreal! Try... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

They give you a safety spiel and take you through the first moments of the civil war, then turn you loose! The cannons and artillery they have preserved are a fascinating glimpse into the Fort's life, and really help the imagination run wild. Some of the tidbits you learn from the park rangers are really fun too! The museum in... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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275 reviews 275 reviews
71 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a great tour, it leaves from Patriots Point, you can get your tickets online, so you don't have to stand in line to get them, but you still need to get a boarding pass, I believe. It takes almost an hour each way on the boat. They serve coffee, sodas, chips and hot dogs on the boat on... More 

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Munford, Alabama
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This site is a must see for Civil War history buffs and for anyone interested in American history. Parking is available close by in the aquarium parking garage. The national monument is a short walk away. I thought the cost was high but the boat to and from is operated by a private company. Make sure you allow 3-4 hours... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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28 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

First, to avoid the long line for tickets, buy in advance online. With your online confirmation, you can bypass the long line outside and go inside to a small window for ticket pickup. The half-hour boat ride from Liberty Sq. is filled with information on the Fort. After disembarking, you will go into the yard to hear a 20 minute... More 

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