• 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.

Things To Do

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are incredible historic sites that tell a story of centuries of defense in the United States. From self-guiding to ranger-led tours, opportunities to learn about these sites are available for visitors of all ages!

While visiting the parks please remember that these are commemorative areas set aside by the American people to remember the sacrifices that were made here; recreational activities are limited.


Outdoor Activities
Explore options for outdoor experiences at Fort Sumter National Monument units throughout the Charleston area.


Indoor Activities
Explore the several visitor centers and museums at Fort Sumter National Monument units throughout the Charleston area.


Guided Tours
Learn about opportunities for guided experiences at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Did You Know?

Fort Sumter as seen from the water.

Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC