Visit Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston, South Carolina

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Fort Sumter is a brick sea fort situated on an island in the middle of Charleston Harbor where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Fort Sumter is a sea fort out on an island in the middle of Charleston Harbor and is a great place to visit if you like history and/or exploring ruins.  The National Park Service collaborates with Fort Sumter Tours, so you will have to book a boat tour with this company to visit the fort. Tickets are $21/adult and there are three tours a day that depart from Liberty Square by the South Carolina Aquarium.

The boat ride takes about 30 minutes to get to the island, then you will have an hour to explore the island. A ranger will be at the island to give a short talk, then you can explore the ruins of the fort for the remainder of the time. There is a small museum and plenty of interpretive signs to assist you with learning about this historic place.  After an hour on the island, you'll re-board the boat and ride 30 minutes back to Liberty Square.  

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Visit Fort Sumter National Monument Reviews

I love this walk. My wife and I walked this on our honeymoon. Beautiful scenic walk and bits of history

This is a great place to visit for the historic factor. The place that started the Civil War.

My favorite part of this trip was the boat ride through the harbor, seeing the dolphins and being able to see a different side of Charleston.

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