Fort Sumter Field Trip
Historic Fort Sumter is located in the middle of Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, a state-of-the-art and fully accessible facility located in downtown Charleston, is the primary ferry departure facility for visiting the fort. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is located at Liberty Square, a quiet, park-like setting at the eastern end of Calhoun Street on the Cooper River and adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium.
Before your group's ferry ride to the fort, take time in the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center to explore the interpretive and visual exhibits. National Park Service rangers will answer students' questions and help them achieve a better understanding of the causes of the Civil War, why it began at Fort Sumter and what happened during the war. Also available at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is a bookstore operated by Eastern National, a non-profit cooperating association. A percentage of proceeds from all bookstore sales are donated to the park's interpretive program. Restrooms and a water fountain are available for your group's convenience.
Admission to the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is free, however tickets for the authorized concession-operated ferry to Fort Sumter are required and may be purchased in advance when you schedule your group's visit. You may schedule a visit or inquire about group rates by contacting the ferry concessioner.
Requirement: One adult chaperone is required per 10 students.
Did You Know?
On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC