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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%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

This was an incredible piece of history. The park rangers here really know their stuff and the introduction to the site is worth taking time to listen.

Thank Evan G
Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

Worth the trip when you are in Charleston. Narrated boat trip to Fort Sumter. Plan about 3 hours round trip. Good view of the harbor. Saw some dolphins on the trip out

Thank raclark60
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

I always wanted to visit Fort Sumter because of its historical significance. We learned a lot about it during the boat trip to the fort and at the museum at the fort. Be ready to climb many steps at the fort. I enjoyed this trip...More

Thank Charley5555
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

For me personally the boat ride out to Fort Sumpter was the best part. There isn't much to see at the actual Fort but it was cool to step onto a piece of history and imagine the day the Civil War started.

Thank Stephanie V
Reviewed June 6, 2017

It is ok to see and great to hear the stories about the time before and during the Civil War. History is more complex than we heard in school. The boat ride out and back are a good port tour.

Thank Bert C
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

If you take the first boat of the day you ride over with the NPS staff as get to be there as they open. They allow you to participate in the flag raising. Take the time to listen to the history they provide on the...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Nice ti see this place it has amazing scenario and having good location to stay.The park was so good and beautiful. It gives so pleasure to us

Thank Manish2618
Reviewed June 4, 2017

My main tip is to see if you can arrange to stay longer than the one hour or so allowed on the island. We were scheduled to come back after spending the prescribed hour there, but the ranger there said we could stay longer and...More

Thank Phil G
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

For us as visiting Brits this was so interesting and full of information. A nice cruise with narrative out to the Fort then an hour there with a compelling guide who kept everyone interested whilst telling the history. Time to wander around before the trip...More

Thank Catriona G
Reviewed June 3, 2017

Take the Dash Shuttle to The visitor center and switch to the Aquarium Shuttle. Enter the NPS building up the steps and the Ferry Ticket Office in inside on left to buy tickets or get cards for on-line purchases. Enjoy the modest exhibit the go...More

Thank 410Ronn
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August 27, 2017|
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Response from Carey J | Reviewed this property |
The fort is all open but I believe they do. When I went it was sunny and while at the fort it turned black and poured!! Boats were still running back and forth. Hope that helps. Hope you get to see it!!
August 1, 2017|
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Response from TcarlGren | Reviewed this property |
At least 4 story parking garage
July 23, 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.