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Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Activity provider: Fort Sumter Tours

Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Activity provider: Fort Sumter Tours
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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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Wheelchair accessible


  • 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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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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 sights 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.

  • Fort Sumter National Monument entry ticket
  • Ferry transportation
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips
  • Access to USS Yorktown CV-10
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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Meeting point

Meet at Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center on Liberty Square. Please take your barcode straight to the boat for check-in. Parking in the adjacent Aquarium Wharf garage is recommended.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • 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 1105 reviews

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Easy to get tickets & Even change from Mt. Pleasant to the aquarium dock. Fair price but I think parking could have been cheaper. Great seating and guides were amazing! We chose ti stay in shade for flag raising. It was too long! Museum was fantastic and cool. Almost missed the boat!

June 28, 2022

It was a fun ferry trip over to the Fort and Sue did a great job of narrating the history of the island. It was a bonus we could walk around and buy refreshments and the ride was beautiful. Loved the Fort and all the history that goes with it. This is my second time and I highly recommend this experience!

June 25, 2022

Very good historical presentation and educational. We recommend it highly. Tours are about two hours long in order to get the next group to the island. More than half of the time was taken up by the ferry trip. The ferry was comfortable but took about half an hour from boarding to disembarking. If we would’ve been able to spend more than about 45 minutes at the site, it would’ve been better. Several of our group members never made it to the museum because there wasn’t time and others in our group were limited because the elevator was not functional. It strikes me that if it were a private business the government would have required handicap access. Several others on our trip mentioned the same thing. It was still very striking monument and helpful to better understand the historical situation and importance.

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June 24, 2022

Product ID: 390813