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Fort Sumter National Monument

Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Left from Patriots Point for an enjoyable 30 minute ride to the fort. A narrative played on the PA system highlighting sights along the way. Two park service rangers met the ferry even though the government is on shut down and gave a presentation in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SVAGroup
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the ferry to the fort, which didn't allow enough time to thoroughly see the museum located there. But the park ranger who spoke to us was very interesting. Worth the time to visit, esp. for US history.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jim P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great history it's a approximate 15 minute boat ride to the fort this fort was once 3 stories high .why they lost, all the cannons we're facing towards the ocean.they tell you what happened to a lot of the cannons an the fact that no...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tommer9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a ferry ride to Fort Sumter. Make sure to bring a light jacket, because it can be windy. We arrived at Fort Sumter and had a very short tour and two rangers explained a couple of things to us. Very nice view, small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank braunwalder2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took our own boat out to catch a breeze. Beached and headed up to the monument. Loved the history I learned at the museum. Good air conditioning and water to refill our bottles. Beautiful stop for history lesson.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CandyNh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

‘The first shots of the Civil War’....... so much history here. What an amazing place. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and staff are friendly and eager to explain the history. Very unique, isolated, primitive, and a National Monument MUST SEE!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelers966
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an important piece of American history, and you will experience it up close. This is where the War Between the States began, with the 34-hour-long shelling of this fort by Confederate forces in 1861. The park rangers give an excellent narrative of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You only have an hour or so on the island, which is just fine. If you're doing the first trip of the day, make sure you go along to the flag raising ceremony first, then work your way back down. The boat ride to get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wayne F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Fort Sumter during our first visit to Charleston. Aside from being a very cold and windy day the visit was worth it. The fort itself is a shell of what it once was. There are still parts being excavated and researched. Make sure...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank UTCBoy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Any NPS is a must visit and Fort Sumter was no exception. A 30 minute ferry ride gets you to the fort where we stayed for 1 hour. Saw dozens of the resident dolphin population along the way. Once at the fort, because we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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caroline d
January 7, 2019|
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Response from NancyTColorado | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so unless there would be a private tour operator that offers that. We took the NPS tour
November 12, 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest phoning the locations mentioned and or checking the web sites for an accurate answer. I am not able to give a difinitive answer, sorry. We embarked from Liberty Square. The park there is lovely and the port... More
July 29, 2018|
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Response from Ken1776 | Reviewed this property |
Please access the Fort Sumter website; it has all of the information you need!