Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

4.6 / 5

71 Reviews

Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

From US$ 30 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.

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  • 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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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 sighes 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 Ferry
  • Fort Sumter National Monument Admission
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes

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  • 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
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4.6 / 5

based on 71 reviews

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Booking tickets online was extremely easy. My brother and I had a little difficulty with the parking instructions, but once we figured out where the parking garage was located, we were good to go. The ferry departed on time, and the crew was friendly and helpful. There was indoor and outdoor seating. We saw bottlenose dolphins on the return trip which was fun. Plus we saw active dredging of the shipping channel, tugboats at work and the USS Yorktown with aircraft on its deck. The ride to the fort was smooth, and the ranger talk was chock full of historic information. It was cold, raw and rainy the day we visited so we were glad the time on the island was not too long. We had all the time we needed to explore, and it was great that a park ranger approached of his own volition to engage us in further discussion. We learned even more. Overall, it was wonderful despite the weather.

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February 22, 2021

Boat ride across Charleston Harbor to Ft Sumter, and return to Patriots Point; right next to the USS Yorktown Naval Carrier. The ride was good (pleasant seas) with a fairly knowledgeable Volunteer to point out the other famous landmarks along the shores. The time at the fort was rather limited but the Rangers were helpful and well informed. An exciting and fulfilling adventure in History...

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January 27, 2021

obtaining tickets online was easy/simple.... the site gave an address for the ferry but the info was limited about what you actually do once you're in the neighborhood - parking info and a map of where to park - cost - and how to actually get to the boat from your car would be helpful. You need to arrive early if you wish to view the exhibits in the terminal, can't do it it after the fact - wish we knew this....we're just-in-time kind of folks.... :-) you need to add 30 mins to the time on the fort - it's too short to listen to the ranger's pitch, then walk the grounds, read all of the displays, and take moments to close your eyes and be one of those men manning the fort and try to sense what they did going through such trying life moments.... [you can't imagine unless you've seen red balls of fire....but try....]

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October 15, 2020

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