• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • Headquarters & Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Phone Outage

    The telephone system at Park Headquarters and the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center will be down temporarily this morning. If you cannot get through on our main number, please call the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at (843) 577-0242.

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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 »

Fort Sumter Tour Boat Departure Locations

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
(GPS Only: 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401)

Liberty Square is located in downtown Charleston at the intersection of Calhoun and Concord Streets. This beautiful urban national park site is located directly on the Cooper River and is the primary departure point for visitors traveling to Fort Sumter.

At the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center you can purchase or pick up your boarding passes, learn about the causes of the American Civil War, see Major Anderson's original Garrison Flag, and grab a souvenir from the museum store. National Park Rangers are on duty everyday roving the park and inside the Visitor Education Center to answer any questions. Tour boats depart from directly behind the Visitor Education Center.

Parking is available in a City of Charleston parking garage on Calhoun Street, just steps away from the entrance to Liberty Square. Next door to the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is the South Carolina Aquarium, another great Charleston destination.

 

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
(40 Patriots Point Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464)

Fort Sumter Tours operates a departure point in Mount Pleasant at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. When available, a National Park Service Ranger or Volunteer will greet you when you arrive at the tour boat and ride with you to the fort to answer any questions.


Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown as well as other naval vessels and exhibits, including the Medal of Honor museum.

Parking is available onsite, there is a flat-rate charge for parking.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC