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Fort Sumter National Monument

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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
Phone Number: 843-883-3123
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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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A must-do in Charleston

What a great experience. We were able to get on the first boat going out to the Fort, which was an incredible bonus. The Park Ranger was so enthusiastic giving a speech once on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lancaster, MA
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Lancaster, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great experience. We were able to get on the first boat going out to the Fort, which was an incredible bonus. The Park Ranger was so enthusiastic giving a speech once on the Fort, and then the subsequent flag raising ceremony, that it made our visit extra special.. My family got to participate in the flag raising which... More 

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Reno, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Park service does a great job at the fort itself and at the visitor center where the boat leaves from. Great presentation on the history of the Confederate flag by Ranger Dennis

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Red Wing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fabulous opportunity! 30minute ferry back and forth....nice boat ride. Get in line early if you want to be on top outside. one hour at fort which is enough....

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Thank Janie79MN
Bedford, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ferry ride to and from Fort Sumter was AWESOME. Fort Sumter itself is great if you like history. If you are not into American History you would find it boring. I would go again just for the ferry ride.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is where it all started and amazing how it has been recreated. Cannons were interesting. The guides on land were great and informative. Great American history

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Braselton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We rented a boat to see the sights and went over to fort Sumter, it was a magnificent fort. Glad we added this to our day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a lot of fun here. Park rangers were helpful, and the fort was in as good a shape as is to be expected from a 150+yr old military instillation. 9/10 would go again

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited his must see landmark on our way back North from Florida. While it is 100+ minutes round trip off I-95 it was worth it. Recommend the 0930 departure. The aquarium parking garage is across the street for $1/half-hour. The garage check-out was slow and unorganized so be prepared to wait to exit. Now, The Rangers at this Monument... More 

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped here while on a road trip and were fascinated by all that we saw. The boat ride over was smooth. Once we got there we headed to the museum and read up on the Civil War in general and the Fort's involvement. Then we headed to the gift shop to pick up a couple of things but our... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the boat trip, which is excellently organized and well worth the time. Customers are given a lot of information during the trip, and there is enough time to visit the excellent museum on Fort Sumter.

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