Operating Hours & Seasons
Fort Sumter is only accessible by a concession-operated ferry or by private boat. Learn more about operating hours and visiting Fort Sumter.
Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
The Fort Moultrie Unit, including the visitor center, historic fort, and parking area, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
The Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, park headquarters is located next to the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for federal holidays.
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