Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

From $30 per person

Take a ferry ride to the grounds of Fort Sumter, where America’s deadliest war began. Explore the grounds at Fort Sumter National Monument and visit the Museum there.

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Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the grounds of Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Cruise to Fort Sumter from Liberty Square or Patriot's Point
  • Listen to knowledgable National Park Rangers tell stories about the Civil War's first battle
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Enjoy 2 convenient ferry departure points: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. See the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sighes of  Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes.  As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties. Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War and explore its origins with a National Park Ranger. Your approximate 1-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Store souvenirs. A visit to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park provides a window into the life and trials of America’s heroes, from the Civil War to today’s modern conflicts. Learn about the events leading to the war from knowledgeable National Park Rangers who will relay stories of courageous heroes in action from the Civil War’s first battle. Walk in the steps of those who shaped this nation alongside a National Park Ranger. Then enjoy the beautiful views of the city as you ride the ferry back to Charleston.
Includes
  • Fort Sumter Ferry
  • Fort Sumter National Monument Admission
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, some areas and services may be restricted. Please check with the attraction for details.
  • Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, but they are not allowed inside the fort’s museum
  • Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the return boat trip only.
  • Tours run rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 151 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
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This was a very enjoyable tour but either I misread something or it just wasn't clear... If you take the ferry from Patriots Point the very first goes over to downtown Charleston and sits for about 15 minutes while everybody gets on and then takes you out to Fort Sumter and the same thing on the way back you go over there and drop people off so I thought it was a 2 hour tour was actually a 3-hour tour. It wasn't terrible because you were on the ferry a nice long time but if you were trying to schedule this around something else it's important to know that it's a 3-hour tour if you go from Patriots and a 2 hour tour if you go from downtown Charleston. If I miss this information on the website then I guess it's my fault but I don't recall seeing it anywhere when I booked the event.

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June 8, 2021

The excursion was fine EXCEPT: lady at Patriot Point ticket window said that the excursion was not handicapped accessible from that location, meaning the ferry, ie etc. That was incorrect, and I was able to use my mobility scooter everywhere excepting the second level of Ft. Sumter! She needs to be better informed, and a little bit more handicapped friendly!

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March 23, 2021

I knew nothing really about Ft Sumter or it's history, the guides were a wealth of knowledge & very helpful! My only take away was the ferry ride over & back. There were multiple people using vape pens. I thought you could. It use any type of tobacco products but I could have been misinformed.

March 17, 2021

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