Water activity

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

From US$ 32 per person

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.

About this ticket

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible

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
Full description

Enjoy a ferry ride to the grounds of Fort Sumter and explore the grounds at your own pace. Pass by the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and take in the 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.

Includes
  • 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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside the fort’s museum
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited outside. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the return boat trip only
  • Tours run rain or shine
  • Duration is around 2 hours and 15 minutes. This includes a relaxing 30-minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1328 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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The experience was well organized and the ferry ride - especially the talk given by the ranger volunteer was interesting and helpful. Fort Sumter itself is at once a fascinating place in our country's history and also not interesting in and of itself. I'm glad I went but the time at the Fort is somehow lacking in the experience.

September 22, 2022

Very interesting. I really enjoyed the raising of the flag with the park ranger giving an excellent talk about how the civil war culture and our culture today isn’t so far apart. Lincoln wanted to abolish slavery and the south pulled away from the union. Thought provoking. Loved the museum and the quotes from the men in the army. Well worth the time.

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September 21, 2022

COOL BOAT RIDE BOTH WAYS, ONLY ( 1 ) ONE HOUR ON THE ISLAND AND IN THE FORT IS HARDLEY ENOUGH TIME TO READ and SEE EVERYTHING. TO MUCH HISTORY, FANTASTIC MUSEUM, ONLY OPTION IS TO TAKE PICTURES OF ITEMS AND PLACKS AND READ THEM LATTER. OR MISS THE BOAT BACK. This is why the four stars

September 20, 2022

Product ID: 390813