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Fort Sumter National Monument

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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Boat ride was pleasant. The boat could use a little fixing up,...but it got us there. The fort is worth seeing. It puts a good perspective on the City's history. The national park personnel are fabulous.

Thank TheDeltaDog
Reviewed 3 days ago

Between boarding time, 30 minute ride over and back, with only 1 hour on the island you will spend about 3 hours on this excursion. The staff on the ferry was very informative about the sights, forts and islands in Charleston Harbor. There were 2...More

Thank solarpowered1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fort Sumter is a man made island that was not only the site of the initial shots of the Civil War but also was reduced to rubble from bombardment during the war. It's hard to appreciate without visiting the fort. Information is plentiful on plaques...More

Thank PAUL D
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm a history buff and to tell the truth I was somewhat left with reservations here. The Ranger assigned to our group was well involved and sincere about the tour, but I found it superficial and limited. Of course there is the time element and...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The fort is interesting if you are really into civil war history. The guides are very nice and knowledgeable. Compared to other historic forts there's not much left to see.

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You get a good view of the harbor. Saw dolphins jumping in the harbor. See where the civil war began.

Thank NYCtraveler7777
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed the excursion to fort Sumter. The boat ride was relaxing and provided some background history on the way. Based on previous reviews we booked the 9:30tour to include the flag raising. Great suggestion! the museum was informative and very cool to walk around...More

1  Thank k p
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am not inclined to take boats out to old forts in a harbor in a strange city. I went with a friend who was very eager to see all of the sites Charleston had to offer. I found the journey immensely rewarding! It was...More

Thank E I
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the tour to Fort Sumter this morning. There is a nice display at the visitors center and the boat left on time. I would recommend booking ahead as there are only three tours a days. We took the 9:30 which was cool as...More

Thank LivingInWien
Reviewed 5 days ago

I like history and my wife does not but she even liked this tour. The tour consisit of a half and hour boat road out to the fort and then another ride on the return. This ride gives you great views of Charleston as well...More

1  Thank Scott M
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9 November 2017|
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Response from rstout98 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone with pets during our visit to Fort Sumter. I did however find the following in the National Park Service website: "Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet long and may not be left... More
27 August 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!!
2 August 2017|
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Response from LPS789 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking garage right outside the Patriot's Point park area.