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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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  • 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 13 June 2017 via mobile

Take a ferry from Patriots Point or LIberty Square It's a 30 minute ferry ride and you have about an hour to explore the fort. Informative display panels make it easy to explore on your own

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

This is the place. It's one thing ready about history. You really must go to historical site to put things in context. The boat ride is good just by itself. The views of Charleston are very good from the fort. I learned a lot about...More

2  Thank David M
Reviewed 13 June 2017

It's a fort - what more can you really say? It gets a lot of points for being where the Civil War began, and the small museum has a lot of good information contained therein. You are given one hour to explore, and I thought...More

Thank Stefanie H
Reviewed 13 June 2017

The boat ride is nothing special but the lessons learned from the ranger at Fort Sumter were important. I appreciated the time taken to explain the various occupations at the fort and their significance in American history.

1  Thank Lori B
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Fort Sumter is important for the historical aspect of being the location of the first shots fired to begin the Civil War. Other than that it is not all that impressive. But, it is a pleasant boat trip out to the fort and back. The...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

We took the ferry over to Fort Sumter and it was a great experience. The presentation in the ferry facility is very well done and informative, as was the talk given by a park ranger when you first arrive at Ft. Sumter. We highly recommend...More

Thank mikemichmor
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Spirit Line boat ride over to Ft Sumter is a real nice choice for visitors. Price is not awful, a bit pricey at $18 per person, if you are brings family and friends. It is a typical lining up of the tourists to get on...More

Thank citybybeach
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Our oldest son expressed an interest in exploring Fort Sumter when we made a trip to Charleston. Our city tour guide encouraged us to buy our tickets for our trip to Fort Sumter the nigh before and we appreciate her recommendation because the fairy to...More

Thank Fawncm
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Always love visiting this site. The Rangers let the kids help take the flag down for the evening. It was a great experience.

Thank Kellie O
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We enjoyed the informative Visitor Center; the NPS, is one of the things that make America great, imo,. Well organized boarding of the boat & many seating opportunities. Thoughtful talk from the volunteer ranger on board, as well as a good briefing upon arrival. The...More

Thank Vincent M
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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 TcarlGren | Reviewed this property |
At least 4 story parking garage
24 July 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.