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Tour Boats to Fort Sumter
A ramp system makes access a reality for all who visit Fort Sumter by tour boat from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston. Even motorized wheelchairs are no longer a barrier.
While this system offers accessibility like never before possible, there may be times when routine maintenance, unexpected repairs or adverse conditions render the system unavailable. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you contact the concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours, on the day of your visit at (843) 722-2628.
The ferry departing from Patriots Point may not be fully accessible. However, recent improvements in the dock system have greatly increased their ability to accommodate disabled visitors. If you are planning on taking the Patriots Point ferry, please contact the concessionerFort Sumter Tours, on the day of your visit at (843) 722-2628 with questions regarding accessibility.
Inside Fort Sumter
The historic parade ground level of Fort Sumter is accessible. Several interpretive wayside exhibits are located throughout this level and a park interpreter is available to provide a history talk and answer questions.
Battery Huger houses the restrooms, water fountain, museum, museum store, and the observation level; all of these areas are only accessible by climbing stairs.
A museum guide is available upon request, at Fort Sumter, featuring all of the museum text, images, quotes, and pictures of artifacts on display in the Fort Sumter museum and the upper level of Fort Sumter. An accessible restroom on the tour boat will remain open throughout the visit to Fort Sumter for visitors and a fully accessible museum store is available at Liberty Square. All Fort Sumter National Monument museum stores are operated by Eastern National.
A majority of the visitor center and fort are accessible by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available at no cost and can be checked out at the visitor center.
Park Headquarters is fully accessible.
Did You Know?
The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC