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Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Activity provider: Fort Sumter Tours
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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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Valid 1 day
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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
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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.

Includes
  • Fort Sumter National Monument entry ticket
  • Access to USS Yorktown CV-10
  • Transport for activity duration: Ferry
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips
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

  • 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 914 reviews

Review summary

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    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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It was a beautiful day for a ferry ride out to Fort Sumter. Woody a volunteer with the National Park Service gave us a lovely history lesson on the way out and answered questions on the way back. The museum was nice to see at the Fort and to walk the grounds, even saw some bricks with fingerprints from the precious folks who made them years ago, so much history there. Well worth the trip out, back and the time spent there, especially if you love history.

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May 20, 2022

The fee you pay for the tour is only for the ferry ride. The fort tour is a National Monument and is free. The day we went the weather was cool and very windy. The ride to the fort was 30 minutes and very uncomfortable due weather. It would have been better to be seated on the closed in lower deck. The visit at the fort and museum is limited to 1 hour as you must take the next ferry back. Not enough time to see and experience everything. Overall however the tour was very interesting to imagine the historic significance of this location.

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May 16, 2022

The history surrounding Fort Sumter is so interesting. The walk around this place and hearing the significance it plays in our history is worth the ferry ride out there. Seeing the site in person is so moving. The ferry ride could be more interesting. Some sites were pointed out along the way.

May 14, 2022

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