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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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  • Average9%
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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 2 days ago via mobile

We were not able to go out to the fort but did go through the museum. The rangers were awesome and the told us some of the history while we viewed the exhibits. The flag was there from the fort and that was pretty cool...More

Thank Debrowan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I'm a history buff so this was a must and what better day to choose then the 4th of July weekend. Great little boat ride with historical pieces along the way across the Charleston harbor. Great time looking at all the old war stuff in...More

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 4 days ago

First the pointers - booked online for $21/ea (still have to stop at the ticket counter to check in at the national monument museum which is up the steps to your right as you enter Liberty Square. take water with you, yes water is free...More

Thank GT8672
Reviewed 4 days ago

We departed Patriot's Point (which charges $5 to park) at 1030. The ferry ride to the fort was nice, there was a naturalist on board along with a recorded narration of sights to see along the way. We passed Pinckney Castle and Fort Moultrie. There...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice tour. It includes a boat ride out to the monument and about the perfect amount of time to wander the monument on your own and visit the museum or listen to the guides narrative.

1  Thank LFCJDC
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got the evening trip out to the fort that comes with food as part of the deal. The food was ok but nothing to rave about(after all your there to see the fort the foods a bonus ) . There was also a live...More

Thank alan s
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum during the wait and the tour was very interesting and informative. You get some great views of Charleston during the ferry ride as well! I would definitely recommend it if you're interested in the history of the start of the American Civil War.

Thank redxmatchstick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the the cruise out to Sumters Island. It was an enjoyable short cruise with good guides giving loads of information. Be sure to take a water bottle with you, it does get warm out there. Took about an hour and a half.

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the start of the Civil War and it looks like it very old and not much left standing. The Island in the bay looking out in the Bay is beautiful. However, the cruise over was very peaceful and I dozed off it was...More

1  Thank Terrell H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the first boat over to visit the fort and enjoyed it very much. You queue in a museum style display that gives you context about the history and sets the scene for the trip. There is a lot to see there so if...More

1  Thank Victoria M
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August 27, 2017|
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Response from Carey J | Reviewed this property |
The fort is all open but I believe they do. When I went it was sunny and while at the fort it turned black and poured!! Boats were still running back and forth. Hope that helps. Hope you get to see it!!
August 1, 2017|
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Response from TcarlGren | Reviewed this property |
At least 4 story parking garage
July 23, 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.