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“Glad we went, probably wouldn't do it again.” 3 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: 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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Richmond, Virginia
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“Glad we went, probably wouldn't do it again.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

In my opinion, the boat ride over to Fort Sumter was the part I enjoyed the most. Unfortunately, like others have stated, there really is not a lot left to the original fort. As I appreciate Fort Sumter's history, I was not impressed by the reconstruction of the various parts that stand there today. A ranger gave us a brief overview of the history of Fort Sumter and then sent us off to explore the rest of the fort on our own. The Museum was okay. I did enjoy seeing the original flag the flew over Fort Sumter but other than that, nothing too special. More information at the entrance. I'm glad that we had the experience, although we probably wouldn't go again anytime soon.

Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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“a must to understand charleston better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

there is so much to like about this visit.. first the boat ride along the cooper river and the Battery with beautiful views of Charleston . while gliding on the water. we are given a history of the life of the fort from its inception till today Once on the island, another ranger put all her heart and energy in re-constructing the battles during the civil war. the audience was rapt , their heart falling and rising with the fate of the fort to finally burst into applause for such a great performance. the visit of a small museum on site finishes our education on a very strategic moment of the civil war. it does not hurt that Sullivan island on which the fort was built is also a beautiful natural spot.

ps: food and bathrooms are NOT available on the island. use the boat facilities before landing.

Visited March 2014
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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“Not much left of the original. OK museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We were not overly impressed by Fort Sumter. The history is very interesting and important; however, there is very little left from the original fort. It is now a mish-mash of parts from various reconstructions. The photos show that during most of the civil war it was primarily a dirt fortification.

The museum is just fair compared to any good museum. I thought the layout of information at the entrance where you buy your tickets was better than the museum at the fort.

We've been to Charleston several times, so we're glad we finally made it here. Going to the site for its history alone is a good experience. We also had beautiful weather, so the boat ride was very nice.

If you're a history buff or you have visited Charleston a couple of times it is worth seeing; but, I definitely would not rate it a must see for the average first time Charleston vacationer.

Visited March 2014
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Suisun City
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Nice history lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We visited the fort in February. The boat ride over was enjoyable and lots of information. The ranger on the island was informative and gave directions to things of interest to see. This is a must see for all ages. There are some stairs to climb if you want to see the view, but you have plenty to see from the base.

Visited February 2014
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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“If you come to Charleston for history, you MUST go here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Your round trip to the fort includes spectacular vistas of Charleston and the surrounding area, and maybe even some dolphins. You'll have an hour to visit the fort, which is plenty of time. Be sure to look for artillery shells still embedded in the fort wall.

Visited March 2014
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