Fort Sumter Tour Boat Departure Locations
Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
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
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.
Parking is available onsite, there is a flat-rate charge for parking.
Did You Know?
Union Maj. Robert Anderson, commanding Fort Sumter, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding Charleston's forces during the first battle of the Civil War, knew each other since the 1830s. Anderson was Beauregard's artillery instructor at West Point. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC