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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 2 days ago

I was amazed the monument had been kept in such great shape. The volunteers are the best and made sure all the questions we had were answered.

Thank Jacqueline W
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is not much left of the fort, but it was a pleasant outing anyway. The museum at the fort tells the story with words, photos and artifacts. The boat ride was a good was to relax and cool off.

Thank climber_in_CH
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was an incredible experience to be able to see something so well preserved from our History. The rangers were incredibly knowledgeable, and they provided everyone with some information about the site prior to allowing us to explore on our own. You can expect a...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As such an important piece of history, this is a must see for any trip to Charlestown. There and back is about two hours, leaving plenty of time to see other sights during the day.

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 3 days ago

A trip to Charleston wouldn't be complete without a trip to the fort. Plan on spending at least an hour there to really explore and see the place. If you go in the winter, be sure to dress warmly as it gets cold going out...More

1  Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed 4 days ago

Worth a visit if you are a history buff. The historical information provided helps get a good perspective of the civil war.

Thank Sharron F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The boat ride over gives nice views of Charleston and the bridge. If you keep your eye open you will see dolphins too. The fort is really neat and beautiful pictures, a fun history lesson.

Thank aea2727
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent activity for lovers of American History. I only wish they gave you more time at the fort (one hour). Very scenic view of downtown Charleston from the harbor and the Battery. Many dolphin sightings.

Thank FSUMarley
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The weather was perfect. Get there atleast 45 minutes early to look around in the museum before getting on the ferry. Park Rangers were friendly and knowledgeable. Half hour ferry ride to the Fort was not bad. Great views around the harbor. Definitely a must...More

Thank 848jerryf
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visiting the place where the first shots of the horrific Civil War were fired is quite humbling and instructive, but does require some planning. It is a 30 minute boat ride from either downtown Charleston or Patriot's Point in Mt Pleasant, where you can also...More

1  Thank DOD56
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30 November 2017|
Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I was there on Nov 1, this year and no there was no elevator at the Fort. However in the visitor's center there was easy access by elevator to the ferry terminal up top and souvenir shop.
30 November 2017|
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Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
You'll be coming in through the visitor's center which has elevators and easy access to the ferry. The Fort actually as I remember was rather bare. I'm a Senior citizen also so I'm sure I found some place to sit down... More
9 November 2017|
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Response from rstout98 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone with pets during our visit to Fort Sumter. I did however find the following in the National Park Service website: "Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet long and may not be left... More