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Fort Sumter National Monument

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday

My son and I rode the ferry out to Fort Sumter. Great experience! We loved spending an hour on the island seeing and learning more about the Civil War!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

About 30 minutes by boat to Fort Sumter, then an hour there. We were the last boat of the day at 230. But it let us become part of the flag lowering ceremony. (If you are the first boat, you get to be a part...More

Thank jbmander
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family loves visiting National Park Service sites and we traveled to Charleston mainly to experience Fort Sumter National Monument. We chose to take the boat in Charleston although there is another one that leaves from Mount Pleasant. The ferry leaves from the visitor center...More

Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit for a few hours. Nice boat ride to the fort. You may take a guided tour or walk around at your leisure.

Thank Kate821
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I've always wanted to visit Fort Sumter and was glad I got the chance. The museum is better than I had imagined. The original flags that were flown over the fort are on display and seeing them is worth the trip. The park rangers were...More

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a great experience to physically see where men and some women struggled for their beliefs, or their state. The guides were informative and the museum was impressive with bits of history that I was unfamiliar with. All in all a great way to...More

Thank pariscarson1995
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour wasn't high on our list of to dos for our Charleston Weekend but I'd tell everyone it should be. It made me stop and think about our country and it's history and such a monumental moment. Our guides were very knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Sunvsclouds
Reviewed 1 week ago

After about a 30 minute ferry ride to the fort, once inside we had about a 15 minute presentation by an enthusiastic park ranger that did a good job setting the stage for the historical events that took place. Inside the museum, you can see...More

Thank Jordan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry ride over to the fort was the best part. Having visit several forts around the country, I am usually excited and glad for the experience. This was one fort that left me feeling underwhelmed. While there is a nice museum on the island,...More

Thank mike4867
Reviewed 1 week ago

The site of the start of the Civil War. The first shot was fired at the Union ship "The Star Of The West" as it attempted to resupply union soldiers holding the fort against the southern blockade. Visit and contemplate the awful 4 years of...More

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July 29, 2018|
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Response from Ken1776 | Reviewed this property |
Please access the Fort Sumter website; it has all of the information you need!
July 27, 2018|
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Response from Rebecca D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a snack bar at the ticket booth area, and they have hot dogs and snacks on the boat ride over. There is nothing available to eat while you're on the island, but you're there for such a short time that there... More
Anson L
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Such a swim would be very difficult and dangerous due to the tides and currents in the harbor. I have heard of people trying but know of no official record or reports.