• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    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 »

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 General Beauregard is a ferry boat operated by Fort Sumter Tours, Inc.

Visitors without their own boat cannot reach Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie. A concession-operated ferry service takes visitors to Fort Sumter from downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC More...