Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

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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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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
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • 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 268 reviews

    Review summary

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      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
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    Nice smooth Ferry ride to the Island, about 30-45 minutes. Easy walk, quite a few steps, but plenty of room to pass slower visitors. Park rangers were very knowledgeable about the Fort and the night it was attacked. Gift Shop and snacks are on the Island, if you want Fort Sumter memorabilia get it on the Island, no one else has it, trust me on this one. Alcohol is offered on the Ferry ride back. All in all, we're definitely going back!

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    July 19, 2021

    Departure and arrival times were right on time and the educational information provided by the Park Rangers and volunteer speakers gave my wife and I a historical experience well worth our time. The original gun emplacements at the fort with actual shells embedded in the brick wall supports surrounded by the many podiums placed in key locations describing Fort Sumter's significance in our country' history, made for one the of best memorable events for our vacation. Any return to Charleston, will be a return to Fort Sumter for us. Thank you.

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    June 28, 2021

    There is so much history to be discovered at Ft. Sumter. You get a real feel for what it must have been like; both firing at the naval blockade and enduring the heavy shelling that destroyed much of the fort. Your government dollars at work!! The Federal government built it, then surrendered it and spent money to destroy it. After great expense to recapture it, they spent more to renovate it and turn it into a tourist attraction.

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    June 24, 2021

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