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Fort Sumter National Monument

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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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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%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Museum at Ferry dock was very interesting. Ferry ride was about 35 minutes each way and narrated by Park Ranger about history of area. Inside and outside seating. You have an hour at Fort Sumter where docent volunteer gives additional talks on the battle. Worth...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I am sure the boat ride would be awesome on a hot day. We had a very cold and windy day, but I enjoyed listening to some of the history before and after touring Fort Sumter. The boat has a lower deck if the upper...More

Thank MamaGal
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must see visit. One of the more significant and important parts of our history. It's about a 3 hour trip in total.

Thank William M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fort Sumter was a great place to visit. I really enjoyed the presentation surrounding the lifting of the American flag which occurs during the 11am tour. The rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable! The fairy out to the Fort was enjoyable as it is neat...More

Thank Andrea56789
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the price. Fun boat ride out to the island and the Rangers were knowledgeable and helpful. A must for history buffs.

Thank Kathleen B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This fort is a must-see. The entrance fee of $22 (for an individual ticket) was worth the 30 minute ferry ride to the Fort. My son and I saw dolphins and were able to see the area from a different perspective - by water! The...More

Thank 411melissag
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Reviewed 4 days ago

arrived by ferry - wonderful NPS park - very informative and educational. strongly recommend if visiting charleston

Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

To get to Fort Sumter you ride a boat so you get to experience looking at the city from the water. While traveling to Fort Sumter we saw several Dolphins :) The monument itself is a huge piece of history and the people who work...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Let's say for a moment you have little to no interest in American history ... the $21 admission for the 45 minute one-way boat ride is well worth visiting Fort Sumter. You can except to see some traffic on the Cooper River (shrimpers, large container...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was a treat visiting such an historic site! This National Monument was well organized with Rangers and Volunteers who were both knowledgable and friendly. We booked our reservation online which made it easy to exchange for our boat boarding passes. Our recommendation is to...More

Thank Twinder
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Melissa V
February 14, 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
I would expect the Charleston Harbor Tour to be routed around the harbor were as the tour to Fort Sumter is a straight line from the Ft. Sumter Visitors Center to the Fort and back. There are good view of the harbor and... More
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DL P
November 29, 2017|
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Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I was there on Nov 1, this year and no there was no elevator at the Fort. However in the visitor's center there was easy access by elevator to the ferry terminal up top and souvenir shop.
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DL P
November 29, 2017|
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Response from Debra H | Reviewed this property |
Not at all. Once you take the ferry over to the island, you walk a short distance to the fort. A few places to sit, but probably not ideal.
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