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About Fort Sumter Tours
Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service Concessioner providing the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. Once aboard, enjoy a 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. On arrival to the Fort you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter & its pivotal role in the American Civil War. Check out seasonally scheduled departure times online.
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Overview
Visit historic Fort Sumter in Charleston, the site of the battle which signified the start of the American Civil War. This tour is provided by the only operator within the city that includes both round trip ferry service in addition to entry into Fort Sumter. Enjoy a scenic 30-minute cruise each way along Charleston Harbor from two convenient departure locations, Liberty Square and Patriots Point. On the way, view top Charleston sites such as Rainbow Row and the Battery from your ferry. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by National Park Rangers who will relay stories of America's deadliest war before your 1-hour self-guided tour of Fort Sumter National Monument. Make sure to leave time for a stop at the museum and souvenir shop before making your way back to Charleston or Mt. Pleasant.
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Caroline S wrote a review Yesterday
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Great! My boyfriend is obsessed with the topic of the civil war and Ranger James made so much time for him. He sat with us on the whole cruise back and answered his questions. Not only did he answer his questions but created a great conversation. You can tell he knows his stuff and loves his job. Ranger James’ flag presentation was great too. Thanks for making such a memorable trip.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Laur2396 wrote a review Yesterday
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We loved this trip. If you are on the first boat of the day, you can help raise the American flag! I wish we had more time to walk around the fort and that we utilized the rangers more. But I think that speaks to how incredible it was to actually be there! One of the rangers talked about the history of Fort Sumter at the beginning. Very interesting and definitely a tour that we would do again.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Maoui M wrote a review Aug 7
Rock Hill, South Carolina4 contributions2 helpful votes
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The tour was an excellent activity for my son learning about civil war history. It would have been a better experience if not for the extreme hot weather the day we went. Thank goodness for the air conditioned museum. Overall, a pleasant informative national park tour for the whole family.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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KManNewYork wrote a review Aug 5
New York244 contributions245 helpful votes
You can't visit Charleston without going to Fort Sumter. The ferry ride itself is enjoyable and you might see some dolphins along the way. I would recommend the first ferry of the day because they do a flag raising ceremony at the Fort.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Mark wrote a review Aug 5
Aurora, Colorado1 contribution
Great trip to Fort Sumter. There is a lot of history here. We got to experience the flag raising, as we were the first boat over in the morning. That was an awesome experience. The hour tour goes quick, so get ready to hit the ground running when the boat docks. I would highly recommend.
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