• 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 »

Where To Eat

Fort Sumter

A snack bar is available on board the ferry boat, and a water fountain is located inside the fort. Picnicking is not permitted inside Fort Sumter.




Fort Sumter Visitor Center
(340 Concord Street, Charleston)

In downtown Charleston there are multitudes of restaurants accessible by car or the Downtown Area Shuttle. There are also several restaurants within walking distance. A water fountain is available inside the building.




Fort Moultrie
(1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island)

While a water fountain is available at the visitor center, visitors are encouraged to bring water and snacks. A picnic facility is located near the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.

Several restaurants are located on Sullivan's Island within two miles of Fort Moultrie. Many other restaurants are a short drive away in Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC