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.
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?
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