Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

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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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Charleston trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Our family tours Civil War sites every summer and Fort Sumter was our first stop while visiting Charleston. We took the ferry out of Liberty Square; give yourself a good 20 minutes to see the inside e...  more »
  • Enjoyed the ferry ride and the information provided. Once at the Fort, it is an amazing place to visit. So much history to absorb. Very moving visit. Definitely worth going to see it.  more »
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  • What an historical sight! The boat ride was nice and relaxing because while were headed to the fort, the captain gave a narration of the significance different forts that we passed by. You could see Charleston from afar and its skyline. The history of Fort Sumter was given by the park rangers that give the tours. After the tour you were on your own to discover the rest of the fort. You are surrounded by water . Lots of nooks and crannies you could look through and walls you could touch to get a feel what life was about in those days. Just a beautiful sight and a great way to spend part of an afternoon.
  • Great 1st visit we did this for my daughters ninth birthday. Super informative and great guides. Awesome to be able to step back in history. The cannons are really cool if you do the late shuttle the children get to take down the flag. I can genuinely say I would do this again and it made my daughter super happy. Great family experience.
  • Always a great experience. The ferry ride over is so much fun. The monument is beautiful and very well maintained. I didn't take the guided tour, but the plaques and signs posted around are well placed and have great information. I definitely recommend!!!
  • Very informative. Signs everywhere at the fort describing the weaponry and how it was used. On one side of the fort there was ammunition still embedded in the walls. The ride over on the ferry was pleasant and not too long. Unfortunately we weren't able to spend long enough there to read everything.
  • This was a great place to visit. One thing I love about Charleston is all the history and the super knowledgeable Park Rangers. I visited Gort Sumter with my family, and we really enjoyed it. The ferry ride over was nice (but I warn you to prepare to stand as it gets full). My parents even saw dolphins on the way back. The park itself was very interesting. The Guide provided some fascinating details on the site and even added in some humor and legend. While you are limited to an hour on the island due to the ferry schedule, it is plenty of time to explore the whole facility. I would highly recommend visiting this National Park.

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