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“Excellent Visit”

Fort Sumter National Monument
Ranked #28 of 251 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a must to visit Fort Sumter while you are in Charleston. I would recommend buying your tickets on-line if you are on a tight schedule. The Ferry ride to the Fort and back was enjoyable; 20 minutes to the fort, we saw a dolphin, and the view was nice. You can take the Ferry from Patriots Point or Liberty Square. Notice, there are different times from each starting point. The Fort it self is awesome with a lot of historical information and description. Once you see the fort, you can imagine the war like you were there hundreds of years ago. If you have kids, you might want to take the 4-5pm trip, so they can see and participate in lowering the flag. The whole trip was enjoyable and the view from the Fort was awesome!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the ferry from Patriots Point $5 all day parking. The Yorktown and other ships are there to tour separate from the Sumter tour. I highly recommend online reservations and check in early to get your ticket then go eat and come back. Bring water and a coat for the 30min boat ride to the island. The upstairs can be very cold unless it's the middle of summer. Good shoes are recommended for all the uneven and stairs you have to navigate. I wish we had more time exploring the fort between the boat rides it was about an hour. The museum was interesting and the fort is really just a former shadow of itself. It was basically a pile of rubble at the conclusion of the war then modified in the 1890s. Still it's history and I love that s#!%

Thank flyfisher007_12
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest, I was actually going to go the Aquarium first, but saw that this was cheaper. Tickets are easy to buy online, and the building/museum that you leave from has some neat information. The ferry ride doesn't take too long, and the park rangers are very knowledgeable. Relatively there's not a lot left, but they said 95% of the brick is original. There's also a small museum on the fort itself. Worth checking out.

Thank Koyangi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you haven't visited a fort before and/or are an avid history lover, you will like the visit. Parking garage right by Liberty Square makes it convenient. It takes a while to embark and disembark. Ferry has concessions and restrooms. Fort has restrooms and gift shop. The ferry was standing room only. We had 50 minutes on the island. I admit we would have gotten more out of it had we listened to a ranger talk or visited the museum. Last year we visited Fort Gaines in Alabama and found it much larger and more interesting because there was a lot more original fort to see than at Sumter.

Thank krankn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Buy tickets well in advance, they sell out quickly. Actual time on island was interesting, the park ranger did a great job explaining the history and answering questions, but the ferry seemed disorganized. We were on the last tour of the day (2:30), the previous tour was late arriving back from the island. Once we were loaded and underway, they announced we'd be 30-45 minutes late getting back "so if you have rides or reservations ....". Probably should have said this before we left the dock so we could choose if we wanted to get off. After picking out a place on deck that we thought was a good place for the ride over, they told us the speakers in our area weren't working so we wouldn't hear any of the recorded tour on the ride over. On the way back we went inside, where there weren't even enough chairs for the few tables they had which weren't enough for all the passengers. Because we were late the building closed before we got back; fortunately the volunteers on the ferry were able to help the scouts complete whatever it is they had to do to earn their badges.

Thank Marilyn1475
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