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

I suggest that if you are a tourist to Charleston, South Carolina that you take a boat trip to Fort Sumter. It was here that the American Civil War began in April, 1861. The Park Service guides give an excellent history of the bombardment of...More

Thank Dennis N
Reviewed yesterday

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, we took one day and headed to Charleston. My wife is a teacher and wanted to take our children to Fort Sumter. We took our ferry boat ride from Patriots Point, but you can also catch a ferry from...More

Thank beachlover105
Reviewed yesterday

We purchased our tickets the day before at Liberty Square for the boat ride with tour. I don't think it is necessary but we wanted to make sure we had a certain timeframe. We were able to purchase $21 tickets for $18 with military ID...More

Thank VirginiaPatriot
Reviewed yesterday

We visited Fort Sumter with two children (ages 8&6). The ticket price was a little steep but that did include a ferry ride to and from, which I'd imagine to run that thing all day is not cheap. The ferry ride takes about 25-30 minutes...More

Thank Sarah1517
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour is exactly one hour. Perfect amount of time for visit. The boat is well maintained with a knowledgable crew. The trip across the harbor is very informative. A must event for a Charleston visit.

Thank Mike K
Reviewed yesterday

We visited a few days ago and although it was rainy in the morning by the time we took the 2:30 afternoon boat the sun was trying to peak out. I can't imagine how hot and miserable the fort must be in direct sun on...More

Thank SueMPA
Reviewed yesterday

We took a boat over to Fort Sumter. The boat crew was not so great but the park rangers James and Jamie were outstanding! It was very nice to see the fort and the exhibits they have there. Great views.

Thank Vacation_Bound_40324
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one place I would recommend you go in Charleston! We went there from Patriot's Point! We went on the 1 pm when it was raining. Totally doable in the rain and our group only had 38 people so it was excellent! The boat...More

Thank sk03
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not much to see for the price of the boat trip there. Beverages on board ridiculously expensive and my Sierra Mist was horrible.

Thank Stephanie K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was extremely hot out during our visit. The AC on the lowest level of the ferry was great. The flag raising ceremony was nice when we got there. They gave us an hour to explore, which was just right given the heat. On a...More

Thank kfairchild4
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June 19, 2017|
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Response from Charley5555 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on where you are staying. We stayed close to the Old Market so we took the ferry from Liberty Square because it is closer to our hotel.
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Margaret Q | Reviewed this property |
I would go with Patriots Point, as downtown Charleston is always busy. The 4th of July will be very hectic in Charleston with all of the celebrations taking place. If you do decide to leave from the Charlston side, there... More