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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
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour guide was great, energetic & full of knowledge. He walked around the boat before we arrived at Ft Sumter & after we left asking visitors if they had any questions. It was a great, educational but fun trip! Highly recommended.

Thank MrsAB01
Reviewed yesterday

We went there while Charleston was at its peak cold front.. The weather was colder than normal winter but we still managed to enjoy the boat ride.. The water is rich with dolphins and saw groups swimming in the water.. The fort itself is very...More

Thank travelgeek630
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Here the first shots of the civil war were fired. Great history and artifacts and a museum on site. Highly recommend

Thank NHTraveler1234
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved this tour, informative, enjoyable, but cold! Watch the weather and dress accordingly. The rangers were really nice & helpful.

Thank BAPulley
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was visiting Charleston for a conference, and we had an extra day to do an activity - so we decided on visiting Fort Sumter. It was a great activity and fun to do - particularly taking the ferry (if you don't take ferries that...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the boat over and spent some great time learning about the historical events and individuals who gave so much to support their position or belief. Don't agree with all their positions or ideas but appreciated that they were willing to give of themselves to...More

1  Thank Will L
Reviewed 5 days ago

We traveled here on a cold, clear January day. The boat ride out was very informative. When we got there, one of the national park rangers said that several people had asked whether there was a tour (there wasn't one scheduled) so he said he...More

Thank Marianne P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a good review of our country’s history and a good introduction to the civil war for our young son. The biggest drawback was the temperature- very cold.

Thank cguanu
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth the time. A piece of history -- the first battle of the Civil War. Nice boat trip, views of Charleston looking back, and the Fort itself is very interesting. Good presentation from the Parks people and an interesting museum.

Thank n s
Reviewed 1 week ago

While if was a cold day, the ferry ride to Fort Sumter was much warmer than anticipated. The ride offered excellent views of sites around the Charleston Harbor. Seeing where Civil War hostilities actually started was sobering. Life on this artificial island in a stone...More

1  Thank SirFrances_MmeKen
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DL P
November 29, 2017|
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Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I was there on Nov 1, this year and no there was no elevator at the Fort. However in the visitor's center there was easy access by elevator to the ferry terminal up top and souvenir shop.
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DL P
November 29, 2017|
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Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
You'll be coming in through the visitor's center which has elevators and easy access to the ferry. The Fort actually as I remember was rather bare. I'm a Senior citizen also so I'm sure I found some place to sit down... More
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November 9, 2017|
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Response from rstout98 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone with pets during our visit to Fort Sumter. I did however find the following in the National Park Service website: "Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet long and may not be left... More
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