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Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle

Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle

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Charleston, United States
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Overview

Visit historic Fort Sumter in Charleston, the site of the battle which signified the start of the American Civil War. This tour is provided by the only operator within the city that includes both round trip ferry service in addition to entry into Fort Sumter. Enjoy a scenic 30-minute cruise each way along Charleston Harbor from two convenient departure locations, Liberty Square and Patriots Point. On the way, view top Charleston sites such as Rainbow Row and the Battery from your ferry. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by National Park Rangers who will relay stories of America's deadliest war before your 1-hour self-guided tour of Fort Sumter National Monument. Make sure to leave time for a stop at the museum and souvenir shop before making your way back to Charleston or Mt. Pleasant.
  • Fort Sumter National Monument Admission Ticket with Round Trip Ferry Service
  • Ferry departure from two convenient locations, Liberty Square and Patriots Point
  • 30-minute scenic ferry ride each way along Charleston Harbor
  • 1-Hour Self Guided Tour of Fort Sumter and its ruins
  • Hear stories of the American Civil War from Fort Sumter's National Park Rangers
  • Access to the Museum, Bookstore, and Souvenir Shop
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Admission to historic Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina
Round-Trip Ferry Transportation from Liberty Square or Patriots Point (30-minutes each way)
1-hour Self-Guided Tour to explore Fort Sumter and its well-preserved ruins
Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War with a National Park Ranger
Access to the Fort Sumter Museum, Bookstore, and Souvenir Shop
See top Charleston sites from your ferry such as Rainbow Row and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close if departing from Mt. Pleasant
Experience where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie National Park
Food & Beverages (available for purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Downtown Charleston (must select option at checkout) Liberty Square’s Fort Sumter Visitors Center, 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

Mt. Pleasant (must select option at checkout) Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The ferries are equipped with an elevator/lift and handicapped accessible restrooms. The Liberty Square boarding ramp can accommodate electric & manual wheelchairs and scooters except in extreme tide situations. Although the restrooms on Fort Sumter are accessible only by climbing a flight of stairs, the ferry remains at the Fort so that restrooms on the boat are available during your visit.
  • There is no Elevator Service at Fort Sumter – the museum, restrooms, bookstore and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs.
  • Please note the Fort Sumter Tour is a boat excursion dependent on changing weather and tide conditions, Fort Sumter Tours cannot and does not guarantee accessibility. Ramps used to access the ferry can vary based on tides and adverse conditions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fort Sumter Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Fort Sumter Admission Ticket & Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry Shuttle.

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  • "The ferry ride did get pretty windy and chilly so I recommend bringing a jacket, but I was okay without one despite that I am typically always cold." See review

Reviews

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Great visit to Fort Sumter!
Rebecca_D
, Dec 2020
We visited Fort Sumter over Christmas break and really enjoyed it. The ferry tour and the National Park personnel were very friendly and helpful. It was very COVID-safe with limited people on the ferry and at the park. It was a great to learn more about the history of the USA.
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star-5
Wonderful, educational, lovely
Swamiiii
, Dec 2020
The day, boat trip and presentation were all fantastic. We drove alll the way from Maine and had a wonderful afternoon.
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Fort tour
Flo_C
, Dec 2020
Nice day and calm waters made the ferry trip very enjoyable at 9:30 am. It would have been perfect if the museum was open. We were glad the fort was there and be able to see something of history’s past. the time allotted was just right.
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Learn from the past
Danny_M
, Dec 2020
Learning the history and seeing historical site very good experience nice boat ride can’t wait for COVID restrictions to go away
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star-5
Fantastic
Nancy_H
, Nov 2020
The entire experience was fantastic! The crew was courteous and professional. The best part was the raising of Old Glory.
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Fort Sumter and ranger Woody
dwayne_M
, Nov 2020
Great conversation with “Woody” one of the park rangers. He was knowledgeable and insightful. There’s really nit much to see at Fort Sumter, but his special historical knowledge about little known facts was fascinating.
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star-5
Great!
Robert_H
, Nov 2020
Great tour, good price, amazing history, and perfect length! I would recommend to all history buffs!
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Fort Sumter opened up
Maria
, Nov 2020
the narration of the guides and the TV commentary on the boat was excellent. I feel that I learned a lot of the historical background of Fort Sumter.
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perfect visit
Lauren_A
, Nov 2020
We took the morning ride over and had the opportunity to observe the raising of the flag. The park rangers were more than willing to share information and answer questions. It was a great experience!
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Great tour
Kim_C
, Oct 2020
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to others. Great experience!
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