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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and...

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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Great boat ride.

This is an unusual National Monument, and the subject matter seems a bit tense for people of the south. The fort is either a symbol of the union or the confederacy depending on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an unusual National Monument, and the subject matter seems a bit tense for people of the south. The fort is either a symbol of the union or the confederacy depending on who is giving the narrative. Either way, preserving this site is important and a great place to visit. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a nice boat ride across Charleston Harbor you arrive at where the first shots of the Civil War were fired! You get about an hour to take the tour and guides are available to answer any questions. You may also get to see dolphins in you watch the water.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can do this trip in under two hours, so it doesn't tie up the entire day. Nice boat ride out to the Fort. The grounds of Ft Sumter are easy to walk, and you can take plenty of photos with your favorite cannon. They are all over the grounds. The inside museum is very nice, with some very cool... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great educational experience for the entire family. You come to understand how hard it was for the North to breach the city by water. Look for the cannon balls still imbedded in the fort's walls!

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Bluffton SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have always wanted to visit this fort. The ride over on the Spirit of Charleston was very nice. The park rangers were very knowledgeable on the history of the fort. The museum was just the right size and gave lots of information and artifacts. Would definitely recommend this excursion.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WIsh we could have spent more than an hour at the fort, but did get to see the grounds and the excellent museum. The boat ride to the fort is very informative about the history of the city and of the harbor.

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Belford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great place to visit for any Civil War or history buff. Amazing to see the actual place where the Civil War began. The boat ride to the fort adds to the enjoyment (on a nice day), however, I would have preferred a little more time in the fort. I would highly recommend this historic place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a little rusty on your civil war history, this is a great thing to do. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Charleston in off season (February), so getting a tour ticket was easy - reservations would probably be required in the months to come. After purchasing your ticket ($21) give yourself time to explore the very-interesting exhibits inside the ferry terminal. After an informative ferry ride of approximately half an hour, you arrive at the historic site. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tour of the fort. We boarded a boat and it took us to the fort out in the bay.Very interesting boat ride and when we got there we were greeted by park rangers. We walked around and learned things about the Civil War i did not know or remember from history.. A bit choppy the water as... More 

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