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Fort Sumter National Monument

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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and...

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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If you love war info, war history this is the place for you. My family of four all has different likes. Kids like the boat ride out there and seeing dolphins. My husband love war... read more

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you love war info, war history this is the place for you. My family of four all has different likes. Kids like the boat ride out there and seeing dolphins. My husband love war/ history stuff. I liked seeing both. There are guide walking around if you have any questions. You can even hear a story/ info when you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took the ferry over to Fort Sumter. It was very windy and cool so bundle up if you go in March!! It was nice to learn about the history of Fort Sumter - sad to know that it used to be a huge place! We got to see dolphins on the way back to the mainland - Worth the visit!

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King, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great time on our trip to Fort Sumter. We loved the ferry boat ride over because we stood at the front of the boat and saw tons of dolphins on the way over and back! If you are in the first tour over do not miss the flag raising!

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Thank susanalley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am a history geek, so this was a must see for me. It pretty much met my expectations, but didn't go above them. The museum is pretty good, but I feel a bit more restoration of the monument would have been nice (even just having part of the museum showing how the different troops lived there vs. just the... More 

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Castle Pines, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the only Fort Sumpter with its unique history but after visiting the Dry Tortugas, Sumpter's physical presence underwhelms. Both Sumpter and Dry Tortugas are forts from the same era and have the same type of construction but Sumpter is probably 1/5th the size of the Tortugas and has newer concrete bunker style construction from the late 1800s that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy to find with parking garage nearby ( $1/ half hour). Get to the visitor's education center early as a lot of history info is displayed. Boat ride to the island is leisurely and we spotted lots of bottle nosed dolphins to and from. Once on the island, time is a little short. We were on the first tour so... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The narrative on the noat ride and the displays at Fort Sumter are very i teresting. I thought it was just the starting plave of the Civil War. It was involved in the civil war from start to finish and changed hands from the North and the South several times. The National Park Service does good work.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was very interesting to be at the location where the Civil War began, but, it is a very small place and is in ruin. Hard to get there. Better to see from the hotel window.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The weather was pretty cold the day we ventured out to Fort Sumter, but it was worth the trip. The view from the boat back to Charleston was spectacular, and the fort is truly a national treasure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It looks like a ruin as you approach on the ferry, but the interior is fascinating. The fort holds a small but very informative museum within its walls. You get a feel for what the first few days of the Civil War might have felt like, and the deeply historical significance of Charleston. The boat ride is fairly short, and... More 

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