Fort Sumter Tours, Charleston

#17 of 82 in Outdoors in Charleston
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April 12th, 1861… the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, and so began the American Civil War.

Fort Sumter’s significance in history is a benchmark. The site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War, Fort Sumter is a poignant part of our country’s biography. The story of brother against brother touches not only those who have a keen interest in history but anyone who visits this prestigious site. You will step back in time when you step off our boat and onto this well preserved piece of American history.

Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. We offer many departure times daily from two convenient locations, Liberty Square, downtown Charleston, or Patriots Point, in Mt. Pleasant.

Once aboard, you will experience a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the War Between the States. On the fort you will find a very informative museum with many historic artifacts and a souvenir shop. After your one hour visit, you will enjoy a scenic cruise back to your departure point.
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  • Great trip. Well organized and efficient. Its a must for anyone visiting Charleston. Unfortunately due to the current situation with covid the museum at the Fort was closed. Ranger Tim was an...  more »
  • We had a wonderful time. Ship was comfortable, staff was friendly, views were beautiful. So much incredible history to absorb and reflect on. Definitely recommend!  more »
  • We went over on a Friday afternoon as part of a dinner cruise package. It was the last tour of the day, and on Fridays they usually have a special historian there to add to the history lessons. They also had a special flag lowering ceremony where they get volunteers to join in with the folding of that beautiful gigantic flag. I highly recommend going.
  • For those that can appreciate American history definitely a place worth visiting. Not great for little ones. But as an adult it's worth a shot. 30 min ride there - could be faster. 1h spent on the island. Not alot to see other than historic informative placards old ruins and cannons. Great little gift shop. First boat ride in the morning has the honor of helping unfold the American flag while its raised up on the flag pole.

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