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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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Apiece of history

A bit pricey. No discount for National Parks pass. One boat to the park. One hour to see the Fort. Very knowledgeable Rangers one gave a brief historical summary. When we return... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2017
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Arlington, Texas
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

A bit pricey. No discount for National Parks pass. One boat to the park. One hour to see the Fort. Very knowledgeable Rangers one gave a brief historical summary. When we return it will not be off-season.

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Niagara Falls, NY
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

You really get a sense of the importance of the location of this Ford. Also a lot of information about the Civil War very well presented

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

We visited Ft. Sumter to see where the Civil War started. It was an awe inspiring visit with much left to the imagination due to the incredible level of destruction that occurred so long ago. The charred frag still burned into the masonry was an eerie reminder of the sacrifices from those that once served there. Amazing and humbling place... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Not the best monument in the world. I think it's a huge waste of money and time. The places history is amazing but what it is now is not worth the visit. If you want to know about it then just research about it which I find very interesting. I would suggest the battery if you are looking for a... More 

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Mount Kisco, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We took the tour as part of the package deal (along with USS Hornet tour) offered on line and expected to get the usual. The park service personnel who gave presentations around the fort brought real substance to the sketch we had learned from our history classes. We also recommend grabbing a seat on the utility box on the upper... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We enjoyed the boat ride to and from the fort. Explanations of what you see on the way provide a prelude to the fort itself. Our ranger provided a perfect summary of the events in a very well-organized, attention-grabbing talk upon arrival. We were on the last trip of the day, so members of our group were invited to participate... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

My husband and I took the trip out to Fort Sumter this past weekend. The tour itself was very interesting and they have done an excellent job onsite to storyboard the events of the fort's history. We probably chose the wrong time of year for the trip out as it was quite windy and cold. At the fort, there was... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

The boat trip was lovely on a sunny day. Not knowing exactly what we were going to see was an anxious trip but so glad we went. Never to be forgotten to see where the cannons were stationed & to think of those soldiers & what they went through. The little gift shop was a nice addition to the trip.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Fort Sumter has such historical significance that a visit to Charleston is not complete without it. You must buy a ferry ticket to get to the island; be sure to ask for the AAA or senior discounts, if applicable. The Fort, a National Park site is free.You will get the most from the visit if you look around the visitor... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great little trip to this old fort. The boat trip was great and our guides were very informative. We had the experience of helping raise the flag for the day and I found this quite emotional. The boat trip was good and there was a great little bar and cafe on the boat too. We saw dolphins... More 

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