Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island

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A series of coastal defense fortresses built to protect the United States from 1776 to 1947 make up Fort Moultrie. Nine British warships attacked the unfinished and still-unnamed fort in 1776, but they failed to destroy it. Reportedly, cannonballs bounced off its walls, and the ships were forced to retreat. The fort has been restored to portray different periods in its military history, which spanned more than 170 years. Begin your self-guided tour of tour at the visitor center. Here you'll be guided through the fort's transformations in reverse order, starting from World War II. Make Fort Moultrie a centerpiece of your Sullivan's Island vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sullivan's Island day trip planner.
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  • We heard about Fort Moultrie when visiting Fort Sumter, decided to check it out as well. It was a very pleasant outing, with lots to see and learned about its history. The visitor center was very well...  more »
  • Fort Moultrie is on Sullivan’s Island (where the slaves were first brought over from W. Africa and quarantined). Fort Moultrie (perches in a hill) sits right behind the coast and beach. Just a short w...  more »
  • One of the best things we did on our family vacation was coming here. Originally we wanted to do the Fort Sumter tour but found out about Fort Moultrie. This place is an affordable alternative and so much more accessible. You drive through gorgeous little town to get here and find out buildings were actually part of the Fort Moultrie history as well. Spend an afternoon learning the history, and taking in the breathtaking views. There is an inside museum first where you can see artifacts and watch a film. There is a gift shop inside and nice restrooms. Parking is easy unlike so many other Charleston attractions. Outside you do a self guided tour of the actual Fort and walk at your own pace. Perfect for the kiddos. Once you finish make your way to the beach and wow the views! Highly recommend for families, budget friendly.
  • Has to be the coolest fort/museum. They have done a fantastic job with showing how the fort was used in each era of history. I grew up in Charleston and I had no idea the impact this Fort had in our history. It's a wonderful stop and there are beautiful views from here. Highly recommend.

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