Operating Hours & Seasons

All park sites within Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park are closed on New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days.

Visiting Fort Sumter


Fort Sumter Tours provides the only National Park Service authorized access to Fort Sumter. There are two departure locations: Liberty Square Visitor Education Center, a National Park Service visitor center open daily from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, and Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. The concessioner does not honor the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for the cost of the ferry ride. To purchase tickets to visit Fort Sumter, visit Fort Sumter Tours.

The National Park Service highly recommends purchasing tickets prior to the day of your visit. Please review safety regulations and pet policies prior to your visit. Private boats are not permitted at the fort.


Fort Sumter Boat Schedule

Date Liberty Square - Downtown Charleston Patriots Point - Mount Pleasant
Jan 2 - Feb 28 11:00 am, 2:30 pm 1:00 pm
Mar 1 - Mar 14 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
Mar 15-Aug 20 & Labor Day Weekend 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm**
Aug 21 - Nov 30 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
Dec 1 - Dec 24 11:00am, 2:30 pm 1:00 pm
Dec 26 - Dec 31 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
Thanksgiving, Dec 25 & Jan 1 Fort Closed Fort Closed









**This boat trip makes a brief interim stop at Liberty Square before and after fort tour.

Tour boat schedule is subject to change and cancellation at anytime. Please call 843-883-3123 for more information.

 
Large brick building with a paved courtyard against blue sky

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square

340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401

The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm except for New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. This building is free.
 
Fort Moultrie's stone walls surrounded by green grass against a blue sky.

Fort Moultrie

1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482


Fort Moultrie's grounds, historic fort, and parking area are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Points of interest on the grounds like the dock, visitor center observation deck, and Battery Jasper close daily at 4:00 pm.

The Visitor Center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during Daylight Saving Time and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm during non-Daylight Saving Time. There is a park entrance fee.


 

Park Headquarters

1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

The park headquarters for Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located next to the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm except for federal holidays.

Last updated: February 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Phone:

(843) 883-3123

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