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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 27 May 2017

Definitely worth a visit even though it was very hot and buggy, and no working restrooms. The boat ride is pleasant, would have liked more historical narration. Museum before the boat ride has excellent narrations and artifacts. The tour at the fort with the park...More

1  Thank parrots2
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We took the first boat out on Sunday morning to Fort Sumter. This allows one to participate in the flag raising led by a park ranger. What an experience! Very nice museum at the fort with artifacts and data. Easy to view the fort and...More

1  Thank Margaret Q
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

A Must see, especially for any history buff! We took the boat ride from Patriots Point. It is a beautiful and relaxing boat ride.

Thank Seth326
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We waited at Patriot Point to board the vessel to travel to the fort. The USS Yorktown is in easy view and is a must see. Fort Sumter was simply amazing for someone who like history.

Thank James L
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Enjoyed the boat over to the island and the tour of the fort. Great and Informative Ranger. I would recommend the first tour of the day when they have the raising of the flag. They let people help with the raising the flag, especially children.

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Took a tour boat out to the fort...about a 30 minute cruise over smooth water that takes you past the Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown. Park guides give interesting facts about the area while on the trip out to the fort. Once there, you...More

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

This place is so historical. It's a must see for all people. So much information. I wish you could spend longer there. One hour is ok, so much to read!!..park rangers are very friendly and informative. We also enjoyed the boat ride to the fort.

1  Thank susank584
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Great history of Ft Sumter which repelled British soldiers with large,fleets during revolutionary war. Conderates captured the Ft. Immediately after the,first shots were,fired. Union forces were repelled on,three occasions. Ultimately Charleston was captured from the land, and Ft. Sumter was abandoned but never captured. Museum...More

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

To start, the ride out to Fort Sumter on the ferry was very nice - the ferry goes fairly slow so you can enjoy the ride. There is plenty of seating on 3 levels and beverages and snacks can be purchased. There are restrooms on...More

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Considering it is the place that the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, Ft. Sumpter is a great place to visit and learn about the history (albeit difficult and troubling at times) of the United States. The ferry ride is about thirty...More

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1 August 2017|
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Response from TcarlGren | Reviewed this property |
At least 4 story parking garage
23 July 2017|
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Response from JLStella | Reviewed this property |
The Museum is at Liberty Square.
26 June 2017|
Response from pamdean2017 | Reviewed this property |
We saw plenty of dogs in the area. I don't believe the one we were at offered that option.