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Fort Sumter National Monument

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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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+1 843-883-3123
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Must stop for all American history buffs

I have been wanting to experience this place for a while, since it was where the first shots of the civil war took place. I enjoyed it being a history buff, a little short in my... read more

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Carlos D
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Westerly, Rhode Island, United States
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Westerly, Rhode Island, United States
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been wanting to experience this place for a while, since it was where the first shots of the civil war took place. I enjoyed it being a history buff, a little short in my opinion, but I also was in a little time crunch.

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Lots of history at this fort Flag raising on first trip in AM lowering on last Volunteers give different presentation on boat and at fort

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Fort Sumter in April, hoping to see the opening shot of the Civil War. The private concessions (aka boat rides) are doing well while the Fort languishes. The Fort needs repairs and attention, which is odd since so much $$ is spent on new weapon systems in the Middle East or Korea, while U.S. military history is forgotten.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Rangers and volunteers very knowledgeable and fun. Enjoyed ferry ride and time at fort. Not a history buff myself, but still enjoyed.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Large parking garage in the adjacent block to the Visitors Center. Tickets for the various ferry times are purchased at the entrance to the Visitors Center. At the back of the Center is a small waiting area with rest rooms and an outdoor platform with good views of landmark Ravenel Bridge, the Cooper River and Mount Pleasant area. Loading is... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A really good experience seeing US history. The boat ride out to Fort Sumter was very pleasant too. A must see when you go to Charleston.

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In many ways the history of the Civil War begins here. If you are interested in history and the Civil War in particular this is a must visit. You need to catch a ferry run by the NPS for your trip to the island. A good sized parking garage a short walk from the visitor center make this an easy... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The trip out to Ft. Sumter was by boat and a wonderful way to get an idea of the geography of Charleston! The actual visit to the old Fort brought home how South Carolina figured in the history of our country. South Carolina was the first to declare independence from England, the first to secede from the union, and South... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth the trip. Amazing part of our country's history. Listen to the park service tour guides. They know their history.

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Belvidere, New Jersey
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We liked visiting the fort and the boat ride was great. The Rangers are very informative and the fort is a definite must. You can see dolphins and pelicans in flight. The fort has actual bullet shells in the walls.

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