Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

Categories: Historic Sites, Military Facilities, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
Explore the site where the Union and Confederate armies clashed for the first time in the American Civil War. Your visit to Fort Sumter National Monument begins at the education center, where you can study exhibits on the war and purchase ferry tickets to the sea fort. Once you arrive, a park ranger will give a short talk about the conflict between the North and South that led to the firing of the first shots. As you walk the area, examine the defenses and imagine the Confederates’ 34-hour bombardment until the Union forces surrendered. For more information, visit the fort’s onsite museum. Refreshments are available on the ferry, but it is a good idea to bring water. Arrange to visit Fort Sumter National Monument and other attractions in Charleston using our Charleston itinerary maker.
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  • I went with my dad who was visiting from South Africa. It was 3 hours turn around and it was a blast. The timing of the tour was perfect and learnt alot about American History. Try make the first boat...  read more »
  • Walking in the footsteps of history. Beautiful views. Love the charter boat ride. More than we expected. 
  • If visiting historic sites is your thing and reading signs, then this might work. We went on our family vacation (11 ppl) and for a 2.5hr commitment we were so underwhelmed with the size of this fort....  read more »
  • Ranger Sarah was absolutely wonderful. Her respect & dedication to the site and our Country was inspiring. She reminded us that, regardless of our opinions on the politics of the day, we are all Americans. Family got to help lower our flag at dusk...lifetime memory. Nice ferry ride & ample time to tour the fort. Definitely worth the trip!
  • Great but if history. Of you are interested in revolutionary or civil war history then you need to stop by and check this place out lots of great info...not sure one trip is enough. I was able to spend about 30 minutes walking around the museum and was only about 1/3 of the way through. Guides were very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to going back again to learn more.
  • We really enjoyed our visit to the Fort Sumter National Monument. The ferry ride out to the fort is very pleasant, and the staff was very accommodating. The ferry ride is very comfortable with seating inside and out. Inside there is a rather well stocked snack bar, that does serve some alcohol for those who really want it. The prices were far better than one would expect. When you get to the fort, many people we heard were disappointed. Please remember this is a pre civil war fort, and it is NOT huge at all. It is on the small side for sure. There is a museum, and your guide will give you presentations if you want to listen, or your welcome to wander around on your own. There is an observation deck on top of the museum that will give you awesome views of charleston, be forwarded it is NOT open in there is lightening. If you leave on the last ferry of the day, you can take part in the flag lowering which I thought was really nice. You will have about an hour once you get to the Fort to explore. All in All, this is well worth the money to see where the civil war began.
  • My visit to Fort Sumpter was very interesting and I learned alot about the war thay took place there I really appreciate the opportunity to visit this Fort during our family reunion
  • Absolutely awesome! The surprise for me was the small size of the fort. That's why you should go see the historical locations.
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