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

If you are used to the big battle fields like Gettysburg, Chancellorsville or Fredericksburg, you will find Ft Sumter to be very small and very quick to see. You have to take a ferry out to the island, but that is a part of the...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband loves anything history and this place fits that bill. It is a easy walk and can go at a slow pace.

Thank douglass1260
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely worth a visit even though it was very hot and buggy, and no working restrooms. The boat ride is pleasant, would have liked more historical narration. Museum before the boat ride has excellent narrations and artifacts. The tour at the fort with the park...More

1  Thank parrots2
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the first boat out on Sunday morning to Fort Sumter. This allows one to participate in the flag raising led by a park ranger. What an experience! Very nice museum at the fort with artifacts and data. Easy to view the fort and...More

1  Thank Margaret Q
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A Must see, especially for any history buff! We took the boat ride from Patriots Point. It is a beautiful and relaxing boat ride.

Thank Seth326
Reviewed 3 days ago

We waited at Patriot Point to board the vessel to travel to the fort. The USS Yorktown is in easy view and is a must see. Fort Sumter was simply amazing for someone who like history.

Thank James L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed the boat over to the island and the tour of the fort. Great and Informative Ranger. I would recommend the first tour of the day when they have the raising of the flag. They let people help with the raising the flag, especially children.

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took a tour boat out to the fort...about a 30 minute cruise over smooth water that takes you past the Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown. Park guides give interesting facts about the area while on the trip out to the fort. Once there, you...More

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is so historical. It's a must see for all people. So much information. I wish you could spend longer there. One hour is ok, so much to read!!..park rangers are very friendly and informative. We also enjoyed the boat ride to the fort.

1  Thank susank584
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great history of Ft Sumter which repelled British soldiers with large,fleets during revolutionary war. Conderates captured the Ft. Immediately after the,first shots were,fired. Union forces were repelled on,three occasions. Ultimately Charleston was captured from the land, and Ft. Sumter was abandoned but never captured. Museum...More

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Is it handicapped accessible?
May 6, 2017|
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Response from Carlos D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have an elevator to take you to the different levels of the fort.
How long is the boat ride from the mainland to Ft. Sumter? I hate boats but want to see the fort!
March 31, 2017|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
It's about a 20 minute ride, but it a big ferry, go inside and you'll never see the water.
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Is this tour appropriate to take with a one year old?
March 9, 2017|
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Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
not really. nothing much for them to do. nice boat ride out to the fort