Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

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 visited Fort Sumter Feb 2020. A must see for Civil War historians. We purchased tickets for the boat ride at Patriots Point across the river from Charleston, SC. Boat trip w/ narrative guide was...  more »
  • A nice boat ride out to the fort, complete with dolphin sittings. The ranger who gave the talk about the history of the fort was engaging. We got to experience the flag being taken down for the day...  more »
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  • Beautiful area. Fort Sumter is worth the visit. Beautiful views of the harbor. There is a very nice visitor center right across the street. They offer guided tour or you can just walk and check it out. I didn't take the guided tour. I walked at my own pace.
  • Visiting Fort Sumter you will have a lot of information and details about Civil War and World War II. The rooms are open to the public, with original objects and furniture in perfect conditions! The view from the top of the fortification is awesome and it’s located on a beautiful beach where you can step the sand and enjoy the breeze.
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