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Fort Sumter National Monument

Closed Now: 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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Charleston
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday

By some measures, it's just an old fort, but this is the place where the first shots in the American Civil War began. To walk among the ruins, watch the American flag being raised over the fort (a treat only available on the 9:30AM departure),...More

Thank Bob G
Reviewed yesterday

We took the Fort Sumter tour via the Ferry and it was beautiful. The trip over to the fort was fun and the picturesque views of the bridge and harbor are breathtaking. There is running commentary on the way over to the fort, which was...More

Thank robertmQ7002IJ
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped here on the spur of the moment and so glad we did. It’s sobering to pause and take a moment to remember all of the significance a piece of land holds in history. To reflect on all of the souls that arrived here...More

Thank Deborah I
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is by far a must see place when visiting Charleston. Although it does not look the same as it did during the Civil War you still get a great feeling of what it looked like in the mid 1800's. The boat ride over was...More

Thank mdjaao
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With 5 kids, every single one enjoyed not only the Fort itself, but the museum and the ferry ride. The only down side was the ferry itself had a horrible stench of feces and sewage. It seemed horribly unsanitary...we sat on the top and had...More

Thank mommaof4wife2r
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best experience, if you are into history. The BBQ they serve on the trip back was very good. Would highly recommend for the price.

Thank Danyelle R
Reviewed 2 days ago

On hubby's bucket list. Museum while waiting for boat was very informative. Boat ride to and from island was pleasant. Fort itself was interesting and museum at fort was nice.

Thank bossladyTexas
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This boat tour and exhibitions by the national park service is outstanding. Very educational and the park rangers give good tours and answer all your questions well. Highly recommended

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice tourist activity - slow boat ride out and back (1/2 hour each way) with an hour visit at Fort Sumter. A very knowledgeable national park ranger provided us with a great summary of the history/events leading up to the battle at Fort Sumter....More

Thank psinnenberg
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ft Sumter...take the trip from Charleston or Mt Pleasant. We went out of Mt Pleasant and the ferry was located right next to the SS Yorktown. The trip out takes longer than necessary but the fort is worth visiting. Listen to the ranger who guides...More

Thank SKayWatertown
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July 29, 2018|
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Response from Ken1776 | Reviewed this property |
Please access the Fort Sumter website; it has all of the information you need!
July 27, 2018|
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Response from Rebecca D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a snack bar at the ticket booth area, and they have hot dogs and snacks on the boat ride over. There is nothing available to eat while you're on the island, but you're there for such a short time that there... More
Anson L
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Such a swim would be very difficult and dangerous due to the tides and currents in the harbor. I have heard of people trying but know of no official record or reports.