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“Learned a lot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
843-883-3123
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Type: Historic Sites, Battlefields, History Museums, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Parks
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Dallas, Texas, USA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Learned a lot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The fort is on an island. So opt for this tour which gives you a tour of the harbor plus a tour of the fort that played such a pivotal role in the Civil War. There are harbor tours at about the same price as the Fort Sumter tour, which offers a greater value. Learned a great deal.

Visited October 2013
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McHenry, Illinois, USA
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“Good Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The tour guide at Fort Sumter did a good of telling us the history of the fort and it was great standing there getting an idea of how it felt to be trapped in a small fort being shelled non stop. A ferry takes you out to the fort.

Visited April 2013
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Aiken, South Carolina
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“Park Ranger provided great overview of Fort and its place in American history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

National Park Service provides a first class experience for the traveler to Charleston. The boat ride to the Fort also provides a narrative of the harbor as you travel to and from the Fort. While the fort is mostly just a collection of old bricks and stones, it is steeped in history starting from the War of 1812 which I believe was the lynchpin in having the fort built to protect the American Homeland. The Ranger and several volunteers provide excellent information as you walk about the fort. It is really a must do while in Charleston.

Visited November 2013
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Apopka, Florida
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“An important part of American history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We took the ferry from Patriots Point over to Fort Sumter. The 1/2 hour boat ride each way gave ample opportunities for great photos of the Ravennal Bridge, the USS Yorktown and the Charleston Harbor. A park ranger met our group upon arrival at the Fort and presented a short but informative talk about the history of the Fort, with special emphasis on its role in the War between the States. The self-directed tour of the island is limited to one hour which is probably too short for history buffs or folks who may want to spend a lot of time at the on-site museum/gift shop. But we found the hour to be just about right for our interests as well as anyone traveling with young children. The park ranger made herself available for questions during the entire time and signage around the old fort provided additional information about various points of interest.

Visited October 2013
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Denver, CO
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19 attraction reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Bucket List Item”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have wanted to visit Fort Sumter for 45 years. A couple of days ago, I got to to it, and I was not one bit disappointed. We hit it right, visiting on 10/31, not many people on the boat. Maybe 15 to 20 from Patriot's Point. Since there were not many on the boat, I had the opportunity to stand on the bow all the way across. It was a gorgeous day and to see Fort Sumter come into view, was a dream come true for me. The tour was amazing and very personal. The staff on the boat and the NPS ranger was very knowledgeable and brought history to life. I highly recommend taking this piece of history in when you visit Charleston/Mt Pleasant. Lots to do in the city as well as historical places to visit.

Visited October 2013
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