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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“park ranger” (272 reviews)
“civil war” (992 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love to visit historical places and love to go to NPS places. This was one of them. We learned a lot on the ferry over there and learned more from the 15 minute talk from the park ranger. The only downside is that you...More

Thank valliam13
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fort Sumter is a "must see". Nice ride put to the site, great history, beautiful views, get a memorial from the gift shop. Love the feeling & history while there.

Thank Earlene G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fabulous history lessons on the tour boat, onsite by rangers and in the museum's. If you go on the first boat you can volunteer to help raise the flag. And also reverse the process on the last tour. They let 20-30 people help. It was...More

Thank KarenBuelow
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a good source of early American history. Park Rangers are good guides and teachers. We took first boat over in morning to fort so we observed and could participate in flag raising.

Thank Imam-travelers
Reviewed yesterday

Boat ride to Sumter was very enjoyable. The Fort was well maintained; however, there were no conducted tours of the Fort which would have been helpful. Guides did answer any questions. Folding the flag ceremony was enjoyable.

Thank Foxsan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Highly recommend this tour for all ages! The ruins are amazing and there's so much history to learn about! The rangers were so friendly and knowledgeable. The tour price was affordable compared to other national monuments we've gone to and only takes about 2.5 hours!

Thank kltrolinger
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well worth the money to see this well preserved piece of history. Great history lesson for anyone, nice ferry ride with awesome views of Charleston & the surrounding cities! It’s a beautiful place!!!

Thank Stacie B
Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank kstaton10
Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago

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.

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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.