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Tour Boats to Fort Sumter
A ramp system improves accessibility for those who visit Fort Sumter by tour boat from the Fort Sumter Visitor Center at Liberty Square, located in downtown Charleston. At this time, the ferry departing out of Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant is not accessible.
While this ramp system increases accessibility, there may be times when routine maintenance or unexpected repairs render the system unavailable.
Ramps used to access the ferry can vary based on tides and adverse conditions. Due to this, the ferry departing from downtown Charleston is not always fully accessible. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you contact the concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours, on the day of your visit at (843) 722-2628.
Inside Fort Sumter
The historic parade ground level of Fort Sumter is accessible. Several interpretive wayside exhibits are located throughout this level, and a park interpreter is available to provide a history talk and answer questions.
Battery Huger houses the restrooms, water fountain, museum, museum store, and the observation level. The lowest level of Battery Huger, which houses the restrooms, is accessible by a power lift.
A museum guide is available upon request, at Fort Sumter, featuring all of the museum text, images, quotes, and pictures of artifacts on display in the Fort Sumter museum and the upper level of Fort Sumter. An accessible restroom on the tour boat will remain open throughout the visit to Fort Sumter for visitors and a fully accessible museum store is available at Liberty Square. All Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park museum stores are operated by Eastern National.
A majority of the visitor center and fort are accessible by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available at no cost and can be checked out at the visitor center.
Park Headquarters is accessible from the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center parking lot side.
Last updated: January 28, 2023