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Address: 1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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+1 843-883-3123
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Learn all about this storied spot of the first clash between the Union and...

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.

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Charleston Harbor of History Tour
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Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor
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Charleston Harbor Stand up Paddleboard Tour

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History at its finest!!

This place is so historical. It's a must see for all people. So much information. I wish you could spend longer there. One hour is ok, so much to read!!..park rangers are very... read more

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Holly, Michigan
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21 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is so historical. It's a must see for all people. So much information. I wish you could spend longer there. One hour is ok, so much to read!!..park rangers are very friendly and informative. We also enjoyed the boat ride to the fort.

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Agoura Hills, California, USA
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great history of Ft Sumter which repelled British soldiers with large,fleets during revolutionary war. Conderates captured the Ft. Immediately after the,first shots were,fired. Union forces were repelled on,three occasions. Ultimately Charleston was captured from the land, and Ft. Sumter was abandoned but never captured. Museum tells pictorial story and has the American flag.

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Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
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109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

To start, the ride out to Fort Sumter on the ferry was very nice - the ferry goes fairly slow so you can enjoy the ride. There is plenty of seating on 3 levels and beverages and snacks can be purchased. There are restrooms on the ferry but not at Fort Sumter. Touring the fort was quite impressive. To imagine... More 

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Thank Pam S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Considering it is the place that the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, Ft. Sumpter is a great place to visit and learn about the history (albeit difficult and troubling at times) of the United States. The ferry ride is about thirty minutes, and it is a pleasant place to visit.

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chicago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You take a ferry out lots to see on the way island very interesting lots to take in ferry ride back more to see

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The rangers were friendly and knowledgeable and the Spirit Lines cruise people were helpful, but in not sure that it was the best spent 2 hours. I was expecting something a little less redone than it was. The fort was operational until WW2 and it shows. I wanted something more like what it was during the Civil War, and although... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour, we really enjoyed the boat ride as well as the fort itself. My husband listened to the history tour and I listed to the artillery tour (Russell did a great job! Very knowledgeable) just wish we had more time at the fort itself but today it was perfectly timed as the heavens opened up and it poured rain... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

All wars have a 1st shot, and for the American Civil War it was Fort Sumter. The US Park Ranger did an excellent job giving an on the spot history lesson. We were on the last 2-hour tour which left Charleston at 4PM, so we added the added treat of the flag lowering with volunteer participants. Add in a peaceful... More 

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Thank Jim G
Alum Bank, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the Fort Sumter Ferry, located near the South Carolina Aquarium at Liberty Square. Save yourself grief, park in the nearby parking garage and walk over to the Ferry. Great history lesson refresher. be sure to pick a nice day 70+ degrees or find a seat inside the Ferry to protect from the weather.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the ferry and trip but it isn't something I will do again. Having said that, I'm very glad I experienced it.

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