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Fort Sumter National Monument

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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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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
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday

There are two parts to seeing Ft. Sumter. The fort itself is on an island about 30 minutes by ferry, which you catch at the Museum on the waterfront. BE SURE TO CHECK THE FERRY SCHEDULE AS THEY ONLY RUN A FEW TIMES A DAY....More

Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed 2 days ago

A tour of Fort Sumter National Monument is a great way to spend a few hours while in Charleston. You can buy/reserve tickets ahead of time and need to plan about 2 1/2 hours from the time you arrive until you get back off the...More

1  Thank LPS789
Reviewed 2 days ago

Boat ride over was hot, but relaxing. Could. To hear the audio of the narration of the Fort. Once on the Fort, Rangers gave very good historical events about the Fort and the Cival War. It is worth listening g to these presentations, otherwise will...More

Thank 0305tiger
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed visiting this monument. The ferry boat road ride was informational and provided great scenery on the way. We were occupied the full hour while on the Fort and were very satisfied with the experience. Would definitely recommend. My only...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great to see an iconic Civil War monument. Nothing much too it, but the ferry ride out and back makes the trip worth it. Good historical museum inside part of the building that was built for WWI and WWII.

Thank cfitzsim
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice visit to this fort / museum. Rangers were very helpful, and gave a good tour of the fort. Only disappointment was we were on the island for one hour, but could have used extra time.

Thank Traveller-BL
Reviewed 2 days ago

A pleasant boat ride, even on a hot day. A summary of the history is on display inside after you enter the center to await your departure; that same history is repeated briefly on the boat and then given with some variation on the island....More

Thank L Frank
Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour is timed perfectly. Beautiful boat ride with dolphins and diving pelicans take you for an hour to the fort. Being small and partially ruined, we had enough time to visit the entire fort and enjoy the boat ride back. After 3 hours, we...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed 2 days ago

Boat trip to Ft. Sumter. It is narrated along the way. Lots of great history to be learned. You have an hour at Ft. Sumter which is plenty of time.

Thank Lora Lee C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you like history you will enjoy Fort Sumter. The boat ride over there & back was half the fun. They have a small gift shop and rest rooms on the island along with spectacular views and loads of history.

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July 23, 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.
June 26, 2017|
Response from pamdean2017 | Reviewed this property |
We saw plenty of dogs in the area. I don't believe the one we were at offered that option.
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Charley5555 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on where you are staying. We stayed close to the Old Market so we took the ferry from Liberty Square because it is closer to our hotel.