DEPARTING DAILY FROM DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON OR MT. PLEASANT
Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. We offer many departure times daily from two convenient locations, Liberty Square, downtown Charleston, or Patriots Point, in Mt. Pleasant.
Once aboard, you will experience a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. On the fort you will find a very informative museum (360 Video of Museum) with many historic artifacts and a souvenir shop. After your one hour visit, you will enjoy a scenic cruise back to your departure point.
Want to stay longer? Please ask the ticket window representative about an extended stay!
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||9:30am|
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||12:00pm|
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||2:30pm|
|Liberty Square (Downtown)||4:00pm|
|Patriots Point||3:30pm (3 hour tour*)|
|Children under 3||FREE|
*Rates are subject to availability and change without notice. The Interagency Senior Pass does not apply to the ferry fee. This tour is great rain or shine.
The Fort Tour has limited accessibility for the disabled and those with mobility issues. Please note: there is no Elevator Service at Fort Sumter – the museum, restrooms, bookstore and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. Additionally, due to damages from Hurricane Matthew the restrooms at Fort Sumter are currently unavailable. There are restrooms available on the ferry boats provided by Fort Sumter Tours.
Departure from Liberty Square in Downtown Charleston: The elderly and people with mobility issues are encouraged to use the departure point at Liberty Square which offers the best access. The tour boat is equipped with an elevator and handicapped accessible restrooms. The boarding ramp can accommodate electric & manual wheelchairs and scooters except in extreme tide situations.
Departure from Patriots Point in Mt Pleasant: Limited accessibility from this departure point. Due to changing tide conditions your visit to Fort Sumter will require a minimum of 4 steps and may require as many as 20 steps. The elderly and people with mobility issues are encouraged to use the departure point at Liberty Square which offers better access.
**Please note the Fort Sumter Tour is a boat excursion dependent on changing weather and tide conditions, Fort Sumter Tours cannot and does not guarantee accessibility. Please call 843-722-2628 the day of your tour to verify accessibility. Note: No concealed weapons are allowed on any of the vessels that Fort Sumter Tours operates.
^Note the 3:30pm tour departing from Patriots Point this tour is a 3 hour tour and the boat makes a brief interim stop at Liberty Square before and after Fort Tour.