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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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“park ranger” (258 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I wish I could rate the fort and boat trip out separately. We knew the fort would be a problem for my disabled husband and we did what we could do. On the other hand parking was a DISASTER. We had a handicapped sticker but...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed yesterday

The Fort was very interesting that's for sure. it was extremely buggy there but they can't really control that. good guides.

Thank TravelingwithJeff
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great site to visit to see what you learned in school. My sons were part of a group of children that raised the flag on the site in the morning. It was very interesting to read the plaques around the site and there were a...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed yesterday

We took the Fort Sumter tour -- rode the ferry boat out (30 minutes), stayed on the island for an hour, and then rode the boat back. Was a pleasant boat trip -- I would recommend covered seating in the hot weather or even sitting...More

Thank CommodoreFan
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent history lesson. We really enjoy the boat ride over to the monument. The boat was extremely clean.

Thank pamdean2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of our favorite parts of our visit to Charleston. The boat ride to the island was comfortable and very informative. If you like history, are interested in the Civil War and the events of Battery park and are ok with the majority...More

Thank RS M
Reviewed 2 days ago

What an awesome experience! To be in the same spot where slaves and soldiers were building and defending such a historic structure was just amazing. Could have spend another couple of hours there. And to top it off we saw dolphins playing in the water...More

Thank Kiko M
Reviewed 2 days ago

A half our long ferry ride is how you get to the fort. It is a beautiful ride and there is educational commentary about landmarks as you pass. Once at Fort Sumter, you have the option to roam around on your own or to stay...More

Thank Gerri H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We rode boat from Patriots Point. Recorded commentary on boat was interesting and not too canned. You only get an hour at fort which seemed like 15 - 20 minutes too short to soak in the views, read about exhibits in museum, and explore the...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 3 days ago

I took students on a trip see this place. They loved the boat and seeing the dolphins along the boat. The scenery is bright and nice like the history.

Thank Tiffiny C
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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?
20 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)?
31 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?
7 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.