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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 yesterday

Worth the money, very nice boat ride and educational. We enjoyed the fort with its history and views.

Thank kstaton10
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I suggest arriving early for the first boat ride to Fort Sumter. This gives you the opportunity to participate in the flag raising on the monument. The site is well maintained by the National Park Service. It includes access to many of the ruins of...More

Thank Gumgrove
Reviewed yesterday

Informative tour about beginning of civil war. One hour time allowed at the fort is not quite enough time absorb all the details. Park guides well informed.

Thank 2pks
Reviewed 2 days ago

I went there with imagine in mind of what it should look like, I was disappointed for the imagine in mind was what it looked like pre civil war. It is no longer a three story structure, it is one to one and a half...More

Thank Herb T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Firing on Ft. Sumter started the Civil War. We were on the first boat out and were honored to help raise the flag that flies over the fort. The boat ride over and back was great. We enjoyed the ranger's narrative before the ceremony explaining...More

Thank takrafty
Reviewed 3 days ago

On the way out, you'll hear a narrated history of Ft Sumter, as well as some geographical orientation. The island is mostly self guided, with plaques around the perimeter and a museum, but there is a park ranger talk, and he was available for questions....More

Thank bddNewEngland
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Never really knew the significance of the history. Very happy I was able to learn about it and the major role it played in this area.

Thank OpinionGuru
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great history for adults and kids. You walk through on your own and can take your time and great pictures.

Thank Melisa M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We brought a friend who was visiting from TX and our youngest children. It really was a great day, expecially if you understand history and the significance of the location. We went in mid July, mid afternoon - yes, it was hot! Be sure to...More

Thank Kristine A
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the boat out to Fort Sumter last weekend. The weather was great, and it made for a pleasant ride out to the Fort. Along the way, we saw dolphin in the harbor. After about a thirty minute ride, we arrived at the Fort...More

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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.