Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

#1 of 83 in Historic Sites in Coastal South Carolina
History Museum · Military Facility
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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  • Fort Sumter is a must when visiting Charleston. Specially for those of us who love history. There is not much left of the original fort but there are many artifacts in the museum and you are still...  more »
  • You have to take a ferry out to see this monument, so it is not accessible to everyone and quite expensive to get to. It is worth it for the historical significance and the ferry ride is very nice...  more »
  • Beautiful area. Fort Sumter is worth the visit. Beautiful views of the harbor. There is a very nice visitor center right across the street. They offer guided tour or you can just walk and check it out. I didn't take the guided tour. I walked at my own pace.
  • Visiting Fort Sumter you will have a lot of information and details about Civil War and World War II. The rooms are open to the public, with original objects and furniture in perfect conditions! The view from the top of the fortification is awesome and it’s located on a beautiful beach where you can step the sand and enjoy the breeze.

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