• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • No Elevator Serivce at Fort Sumter

    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

  • No Water or Restrooms at Fort Sumter

    Due to a break in the Charleston water line supplying Fort Sumter, restrooms and drinking water are not available at the fort. Please bring drinking water with you if you plan to visit. Water and restrooms are available aboard the ferries.

Outdoor Activities

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center
(GPS Only: 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Located at Liberty Square, an urban national park site in downtown Charleston on the banks of the Cooper River. Here visitors may sit, rest, read and watch the harbor traffic in a very pleasant setting. Picnicking and casual recreational activities are permitted in the park. Pets on leash are also welcome in the park, but only service animals are permitted inside the Visitor Education Center.

Fort Sumter
(Accessible by Boat Only)
This is a designated historic and commemorative site, recreational activities are limited to passive pursuits such as scenic viewing and bird watching. Ranger talks are offered to each group of visitors who arrive by tour boat. Wayside exhibits interpret the historic resources found throughout the site and the sites visible from the observation level.


Fort Moultrie
(1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482)
This is a designated historic and commemorative area, recreational activities are limited. A self-guiding brochure can be picked up at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center and interpretive wayside exhibits are posted throughout the fort. By using these signs and the park brochure, visitors guide themselves through the fort traveling back in time from World War II to the Revolutionary War.

Daily ranger programs are available depending upon the season. Space for each program is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Other outdoor activities include:

  • Self-guiding or Ranger-led Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Nature Walks
  • Wildlife Viewing
All other activities including events, commercial filming (photo or video), and etc. require a Special Use Permit. Contact the Special Use Permits Office at (843) 883-3123 x25.

Did You Know?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

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