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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 good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ferry ride” (520 reviews)
“park ranger” (295 reviews)
“civil war” (1,092 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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"ferry ride"
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Reviewed today via mobile

We stopped on the tour not knowing what to expect. It's a bit of a wait between tours so we walked around a bit. Once there it is an awesome place. The history behind it and how well things are preserved there are outstanding! For...More

Thank Dan H
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Reviewed today via mobile

I visited Fort Sumter on its 4:00 cruise. It was a true honor to help bring down the flag at the end of the day and to assist in folding it. If you love history like me, you should definitely visit it. The museum was...More

Thank Lisa F
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were a little bit disappointed; the fort is quite small and there’s not a lot left from the original structure. But it’s a nice boat ride of half an hour, with interesting historical information and there is a ranger on site who gives a...More

Thank Monique E
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had high expectations about this fort which played such a role in the civil war. The boat trip towards the island is always nice and takes about a half hour. The fort itself is rather small and severly damaged. From the original fort which...More

Thank Hans V
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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting tour, a boat ride there & back, walk around for an hour, tour guides very knowledgeable.

Thank JackieT181
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a must see along with patriot bay in Charleston. The history lesson and ferry service will amaze.

Thank ppetotfl
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a nice boat ride to the fort. Were able to see many dolphins. The Fort was interesting we were the first group so we saw the raising of the flag which was cool.

Thank Laurajanenebooth
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place has quite an interesting history. You do have to ride a ferry over to the island. It is a national park unit; you pay a premium (in my opinion) for the ride, but this is common for all water activities (tours, shuttles, cruises)...More

Thank SWVA_Traveler
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a good time, the fort was a lot smaller than I imagined. The ferry was good. The park rangers were knowledge.

Thank Aubrey I
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Got refreshed and learned a lot more of this historical point and start of the civil war. Just wish we had more than an hour to view all of the exhibitions on the island.

Thank Marty L
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DPenn_11
May 11, 2018|
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Response from Denis B |
The upper half of the Morris island lighthouse can be seen over the top of Morris island at a distance of about 3 miles from Ft. Sumter. It can also be seen from the parapet or beach at Ft. Moultrie on Sullivan's island... More
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medwards40
April 7, 2018|
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Response from flyfisher007_12 | Reviewed this property |
There's a fee for the 30 min ferry ride out and back to the fort about $20
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Frank N
March 14, 2018|
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Response from tanna123 | Reviewed this property |
The only transportation is a boat as it is on an island. You do have to park in a parking ramp if you board the boat from the harbor which is about $2.00/hr. You can also catch the boat from Patriots Point where you pay I... More
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