Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

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#1 of 83 in Historic Sites in Coastal South Carolina
Must see · History Museum · Military Facility
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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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  • We took the tour to Fort Sumter and were very happy with it. The time we spent there seemed to be short at first glance; however, it was more than enough. 
    We took the tour to Fort Sumter and were very happy with it. The time we spent there seemed to be short at first glance; however, it was more than enough.  more »
  • Worth visiting This is really a monument place Place to remember. One shouldn't miss. I live in Hanahan, SC . So it was way. Tourist should definitely visit 
    Worth visiting This is really a monument place Place to remember. One shouldn't miss. I live in Hanahan, SC . So it was way. Tourist should definitely visit  more »
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  • We love the Pier and fish/crab here often. The picnic tables are a great place to meet up with friends. Love love love this place! The fort right on the beach and convenient parking across the street makes this a cool family outing. Relaxed, laid back and easy - nothing to prove. Humble. Yet, in 20 years, every visitor we bring here loves it. Accessible in a wheel chair to and on the pier and in the museum with some maneuvering at the fort makes this a great day for everyone from newborns to 120 and everyone in between.
  • Perfect for any history buff. Great experience. Recommend for all. The boat ride to the fort was so enjoyable. History buffs...if you already know the history of the Fort, don't spend your time listening to the Ranger's presentation. The presentation is good, and interesting, but it doesn't leave a lot of time for exploration on the Fort.

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