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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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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Reviewed today

Historians, especially those interested in the U.S. Civil War should not pass up the opportunity to visit Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston Harbor, where the first shots of the war for secession from the Union occurred. The man made island fort is accessible only...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a great pick for a fun adventure! It's also a great lesson in history. During the ferry trip over to the fort, the staff members told about the events surrounding it during the civil war. We also saw lots of dolphins during the...More

Thank alc0rn
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Fort Sumter this afternoon and had a delightful time learning about the history of this Fort. The staff was very knowledgeable and the tour is appropriate for people of all ages. This is a MUST SEE in Charleston!

Thank Kristina L
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Reviewed yesterday

So much of our nation's history started at Ft. Sumter it is a great place to see. It received so much bombardment from both the South, and later the North, that it is only a shell of what it was before 1861. The walls once...More

Thank Danc4652
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had always wanted to see Charleston and finally made it this year. Fort Sumter was very interesting. If you like history you will have to visit this place.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Get to the dock at least 45 min - 1 Hour before the scheduled boat. You need time to go through the very well done display and I would recommend you get in line for boat at least 20 min before departure as there are...More

1  Thank NYMark1
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a piece of American history that you should see on your visit to Charleston. Take the tour with a ranger if you can. It added a lot to the visit. An added plus is the ferry ride on the way over.

Thank RoBertie
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We didn’t realize the fort was so far from the city, but enjoyed the ferry ride and narrative which explains the background before you arrive. Exploring is self-guided, but there were several park rangers to answer questions. The museum was very good as well. My...More

Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Fort Sumter museum is all we did on this trip as we didn't want to take 3 hours to view the Fort itself by boat. The museum is well done and informative about the history of early Charleston and it is FREE!

Thank wacotxtraveler
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Take the short boat ride to the Island fort which is now a national monument and explore the history of the USA. Not just the civil war but the American revolution too. Be sure to read the displays, especially the ones on top of the...More

Thank Nyati818
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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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