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Fort Sumter National Monument: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The land side museum as well as the visit to the fort is a well done interesting activity. Enjoyed the story in the museum. Talks of lead up to the battle and the state of affairs during this time frame. Boat ride is actually nice...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank robync475
Reviewed 5 days ago

Run by park service and tour well done and gave good insight on circumstances of the 1st shots and what occurred on this island over time. Well worth the trip

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank William O
Reviewed 5 days ago

While we have been to Charleston many times, we never made it out to Ft. Sumter until this visit. So glad we did! A beautiful 1/2 hour boat ride, first of the day, out to the fort. The guide on the boat was fantastic. At...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SunshineFamily9
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one I'd been looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Well organised and well run from start to finish - we felt well informed and entertained as well as safe in the hands of the rangers and the boat crew. Spotting dolphins...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The building where you go is not the actual monument. It is out in the river basin and you can't go there, just look at it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dap66
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to the National Monument at the end of the day. They were taking the American flag down. Asked for volunteers to help, my grandson who is in the Navy volunteered to help fold the flag. It was great to see him complete this task...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jean B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Places of interest were pointed out on our ferry ride to the fort. The National Park Ranger gave a wonderful presentation when we arrived and there was an airconditioned museum on the island. Lots of stairs and uneven pavement, so be careful. We enjoyed it...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Nanci N
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The boat ride over to the island is very pleasant! The remains of the fort are interesting to explore. A great Civil War spot for history buffs!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marjorie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great history lesson for the whole family. Although I recall the history lesson from school, it is a great to see historical visit for the whole family without taking an entire day. Total of about two hours for the entire visit!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 118darrellh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The boat ride takes about 30 min one way. Once on the island you have about 60 min to roam around then all head back. Signage is good on the island and the park rangers give a great 10 min intro before roam time.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Connie05342
June 25, 2019|
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Response from CKeeler17 |
Just left there and asked the question. Yes, you can get your parks card stamped in the museum at Liberty Park.
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aljrg90
April 16, 2019|
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Response from missmarymac1954 | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you got plenty of answers already, but you won't be back till 5:30 to 6 pm at least!
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shiffey
March 19, 2019|
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Response from geoffreyl82 | Reviewed this property |
Flag lowering as they can participate in the folding of the flag
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