We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Sumter National Monument

1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Charleston Harbor of History Tour
More Info
and up
Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor
More Info
and up
Schooner Sailing Dolphin Tour in Charleston Harbor
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War, in which the Union forces finally surrendered after a 34-hour bombardment by the Rebels.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ferry ride” (425 reviews)
“park ranger” (269 reviews)
“civil war” (928 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
+1 843-883-3123
Write a Review
Reviews (3,540)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 3,501 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you're into history, there is a lot of knowledge documented as part of this visit. Before heading out on the boat, you can easily spend 30 minutes reading everything in the visitor center. At the fort, the museum has so much information that there...More

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took our 7 year old son for his first visit to Fort Sumter (my husband and I are return visitors), and we all enjoyed our experience! Our park ranger guides were very personable and knowledgeable, and encouraged questions. It was a lot of fun...More

Thank Kelli P
Reviewed 2 days ago

We boarded the boat at Patriots Point and enjoyed the ride over to the monument. We even spotted a few dolphins along the way. You are given plenty of time to explore the monument and even enjoy the gift shop on site.

Thank aj4vols
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a boot ride over to visit fort Sumpter. We had a picture of the two of us as we got on the boat. It was interesting to see the fort & reinactors telling its history. There were snacks on the boat & was...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Boat boat ride that is narrated. A ranger gives a talk once you arrive to the fort. A good history lesson. There is not much to see once you get to the island. Bring some sunscreen!

Thank Kimberly K
Reviewed 2 days ago

I am a history buff and was very excited to go to Fort Sumter. The boat ride to get from Charleston to the Fort is wonderful. We started with a tour of the Yorktown. I suggest visiting that part of history as well. It's an...More

Thank rosesg
Reviewed 2 days ago

Civil war history at its best. They have a visitors center onshore that is nice and you can purchase tickets for the boat ride out to Ft. Sumter. Fort has been reconstructed very well. If you are waiting for your boat time, the South Carolina...More

Thank Ron K
Reviewed 3 days ago

I suggest that if you are a tourist to Charleston, South Carolina that you take a boat trip to Fort Sumter. It was here that the American Civil War began in April, 1861. The Park Service guides give an excellent history of the bombardment of...More

Thank Dennis N
Reviewed 3 days ago

While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, we took one day and headed to Charleston. My wife is a teacher and wanted to take our children to Fort Sumter. We took our ferry boat ride from Patriots Point, but you can also catch a ferry from...More

Thank beachlover105
Reviewed 3 days ago

We purchased our tickets the day before at Liberty Square for the boat ride with tour. I don't think it is necessary but we wanted to make sure we had a certain timeframe. We were able to purchase $21 tickets for $18 with military ID...More

Thank VirginiaPatriot
Nearby Restaurants
The Obstinate Daughter
723 reviews
3.46 km away
Pages Okra Grill
2,681 reviews
4.26 km away
Sullivan's Restaurant
562 reviews
3.37 km away
Poe's Tavern
1,386 reviews
3.71 km away
Nearby Attractions
Fort Moultrie National Monument
691 reviews
1.80 km away
Sullivan's Island Beach
195 reviews
2.87 km away
Shem Creek Park
503 reviews
4.32 km away
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse
113 reviews
3.08 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
19 June 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Charley5555 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on where you are staying. We stayed close to the Old Market so we took the ferry from Liberty Square because it is closer to our hotel.
30 May 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Margaret Q | Reviewed this property |
I would go with Patriots Point, as downtown Charleston is always busy. The 4th of July will be very hectic in Charleston with all of the celebrations taking place. If you do decide to leave from the Charlston side, there... More