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Address: Charleston, SC 29482-9748
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Historic fort but an hour on site was plenty

This is the only Fort Sumpter with its unique history but after visiting the Dry Tortugas, Sumpter's physical presence underwhelms. Both Sumpter and Dry Tortugas are forts from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Castle Pines, Colorado
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Castle Pines, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the only Fort Sumpter with its unique history but after visiting the Dry Tortugas, Sumpter's physical presence underwhelms. Both Sumpter and Dry Tortugas are forts from the same era and have the same type of construction but Sumpter is probably 1/5th the size of the Tortugas and has newer concrete bunker style construction from the late 1800s that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Easy to find with parking garage nearby ( $1/ half hour). Get to the visitor's education center early as a lot of history info is displayed. Boat ride to the island is leisurely and we spotted lots of bottle nosed dolphins to and from. Once on the island, time is a little short. We were on the first tour so... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The narrative on the noat ride and the displays at Fort Sumter are very i teresting. I thought it was just the starting plave of the Civil War. It was involved in the civil war from start to finish and changed hands from the North and the South several times. The National Park Service does good work.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was very interesting to be at the location where the Civil War began, but, it is a very small place and is in ruin. Hard to get there. Better to see from the hotel window.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The weather was pretty cold the day we ventured out to Fort Sumter, but it was worth the trip. The view from the boat back to Charleston was spectacular, and the fort is truly a national treasure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It looks like a ruin as you approach on the ferry, but the interior is fascinating. The fort holds a small but very informative museum within its walls. You get a feel for what the first few days of the Civil War might have felt like, and the deeply historical significance of Charleston. The boat ride is fairly short, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an interesting, informative, and fun tour, with time traveling by boat, and time at the Fort. The guides were excellent and engaging and we learned a lot.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The fort is in ruins (mostly) but the small exhibition hall and souvenir shop nearby is well worth a look. But when we were there, as foreign tourists, one evening in July the surroundings were excellent - so close to the sea, so typically "Florida". I recommend it. But you'll need a car (or Taxi) if travelling from Charleston. And... More 

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A full history experience from the Park area where you board the ferry to the touring of Fort Sumter. Totally worth the admission. Easy parking in the aquarium deck.

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and while walking down by the water front one day happened to see the signs for Fort Sumpter. You may purchase tickets for three different sailings...9:30am, 12pm and 2:30pm. The total trip time is 2-1/4 hours and you spend 1 hour on the fort. After purchasing tickets you can go in and read some interesting history before making... More 

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