Fort Sumter


Fort Sumter

On April 12th, 1861 the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, which led to the outbreak of America’s bloodiest war. Fort Sumter is a fascinating place to visit and only accessible by taking a 30 minute boat ride through the Charleston Harbor. After arriving at the fort, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the major events that led to the outbreak of the American Civil War. Historians will provide detailed information about the fort and its pivotal role in the war between the states.

The park also has a museum and small gift shop. After exploring the fort, cruise back to port, enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Charleston's bustling harbor. The fort is quite large and requires a significant amount of walking and climbing stairs, so make sure you wear a comfortable pair of shoes. You should allow a minimum of one hour travel time and another hour to tour the fort. Buying tickets in advance either online or at the departure locations is highly recommended. The Fort Sumter ferry departs from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in Liberty Square next to the South Carolina Aquarium and also from Patriots Point Maritime Museum.



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Fort Sumter Hours and Admission


Boat Schedule:

For the first boat of the day, restrooms are unavailable at Fort Sumter. Restrooms are available on the ferry boat and at the Liberty Square.
Date Liberty Square - Downtown Charleston Patriots Point - Mount Pleasant
Jan 2 - Feb 28 11:00am, 2:30pm 1:00pm
Mar 1 - Nov 30 9:30am, 12:15pm & 3:00pm 10:45am, 1:45pm
Dec 1 - Dec 24 11:00am, 2:30pm 1:00pm
Dec 26 - Dec 31 9:30am, 12:15pm & 3:00pm 10:45am, 1:45pm
Thanksgiving, Dec 25 & Jan 1 Fort Closed Fort Closed














**This boat trip makes a brief interim stop at Liberty Square before and after fort tour. Tour boat schedule is subject to change and cancellation at anytime.

Ticket Price:

Adults $30
Seniors/Military $28
Children(4-11) $18
Children under 3 Free


Fort Sumter Address and Map


Fort Sumter
Charleston SC 29412
(843) 883-3123
Fort Sumter Website


Fort Sumter Free Days


The dates for 2021 are:

  • Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 17 – First Day of National Park Week
  • Wednesday, August 4 – One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day
  • Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day 

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