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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%
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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 yesterday

Good guides and enjoyable ferry ride to the island. You can stick w/ a guide or can walk about on your own. Takes about 30 minute to get there on the ferry from Patriot's Point. It was hot on the island and there are 2...More

Thank Gringrinb
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see. So, much history. We took a walking tour with a park ranger and would highly recommend you do that. Make the most of your time as the hour flies by.

Thank John M
Reviewed yesterday

This is a wonderful place with interesting history. The Park Rangers gave an interesting discussion that we thoroughly enjoyed. They made it come alive. We also enjoyed the museum on site. The only downside is that the tour operators only allow for one hour on...More

Thank chucksubscribe
Reviewed yesterday

Great experience and worth the $46!!.....BBQ dinner was better than average but sunset and crowd made it even better!. Would recommend to everyone!

Thank CoachK2525
Reviewed yesterday

If it wasn't pouring, this is a beautiful location to view the harbor, the history is just over the top (where the Civil War Began). One hour to tour was plenty.

Thank 2014DivaKathy
Reviewed yesterday

While it's true that there's not a lot left of the actual structure, the boat ride to the fort with narration, and the information provided at the fort were well worth it. It's one of those places you learn about in history, and I was...More

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited the monument via ferry boat. The boat ride was calm. The monument itself was an historical view at the battles fought at the fort. The museum provided an excellent timeline of the fort.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday

History, great view of the city from the boat, relaxing boat trip and a peaceful island all make for a nice trip back in time to the early history of our country. Take the time to experience this place. First boat out in the morning...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed the boat ride to the fort as much as or more than the actual fort. You get great views of the city, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and large ships passing by. Sometimes there are dolphins too. There is a nice display in...More

Thank GeorgiaTravelers51
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must see, but go on the early tour. The guides gave great stories. Something for everyone. The boat ride was our favorite.

Thank Carole F
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I would like to visit Fort Sumter and USS Yorktown. Where is the best point to get tickets to fort Sumter? Liberty square or patriots point?
19 June 2017|
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Response from Charley5555 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on where you are staying. We stayed close to the Old Market so we took the ferry from Liberty Square because it is closer to our hotel.
What departure point is recommended on the 4th of July (we're thinking traffic may be an issue)?
30 May 2017|
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Response from Margaret Q | Reviewed this property |
I would go with Patriots Point, as downtown Charleston is always busy. The 4th of July will be very hectic in Charleston with all of the celebrations taking place. If you do decide to leave from the Charlston side, there... More
Is it handicapped accessible?
6 May 2017|
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Response from Carlos D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have an elevator to take you to the different levels of the fort.