Historic Fort Sumter Tours & Boat Cruises

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Fort Sumter is where the bloodiest war in the history of the United States began. It’s a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Sumter Tours is the authorized concessioner offering the only boat service to and from Fort Sumter that actually docks at the Fort.

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The Experience

Walk Where the Civil War Started

Your $37 Adventure Includes

Tour Fort Sumter

Stand where America’s deadliest war began. The first shots of the Civil War were fired upon Fort Sumter.

Learn How the War Began

Explore the exhibits at the Fort Sumter Visitor Center to understand how the Civil War started.

Go Deeper

Package your Fort Sumter tour with other historic sites and tours for a greater understanding of our nations's history.

About The Tour

The Fort Sumter Experience Then and Now

Board your tour boat from either downtown Charleston or Mount Pleasant and get ready for a scenic ride through the historic harbor. Soak up the Southern sights. Marvel at the landmarks.

Then, arrive at Fort Sumter for a self-guided tour covering one of the most pivotal times in American history. After exploring this national park, you’ll go home changed. You walked the grounds and read the accounts of those who played a role in the Civil War, the most divisive conflict in American history.

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See Even More On Your Charleston Vacation

Maximize your time in Charleston and learn even more about our city’s rich history. Join with our trusted partners for additional tours and attractions.

Save money when you combine tours and book these exclusive offers online!

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$70.00

Gray Line City Tour & Fort Sumter Tour

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$62.00

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Frequently Asked Questions

Liberty Square – Downtown Charleston

  • Jan 2 – Feb 29 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
  • Mar 1 – Mar 22 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Mar 23 – April 7 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:30 & 4:15 p.m.
  • April 8 – May 23 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30.
  • May 24 – May 26 9:00 a.m.,12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
  • May 27 – July 3 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • July 4 – July 7 9:00 a.m.,12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
  • July 8 – Aug 29 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug 30 – Sept 1 9:00 a.m.,12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
  • Sept 2 – Nov 30 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec 1 – Dec 24 11:00 am & 2:00 p.m.
  • Dec 26 – Dec 31 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving, Dec 25 & Jan 1 No Tours Available

Patriots Point – Mt. Pleasant

  • Jan 2 – Feb 29 12:30 p.m.
  • Mar 1 – Mar 22 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • Mar 23 – April 7  10:30 am, 1:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.
  • April 8 – May 23 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • May 24 – May 26 10:30 am, 1:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.
  • May 27 – July 3 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • July 4 – July 7 10:30 am, 1:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.
  • July 8 – Aug 29 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • Aug 30 – Sept 1 10:30 am, 1:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.
  • Sept 2 – Nov 30 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • Dec 1 – Dec 24 12:30 p.m.
  • Dec 26 – Dec 31 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving, Dec 25 & Jan 1 No Tours Available

Daytime Tours:

Fort Sumter Tours tickets are 100% refundable if cancelled 2 hours in advance of the departure time. If tickets are cancelled less than 2 hours from
departure time they are non-refundable. Fort Sumter Tours will cruise in most weather conditions all-year round. Time on the Fort may be impacted by weather at the discretion of the National Park Service.

Sunset At Fort Sumter Cruises:

Cancellations with refunds accepted up to 24-hours in-advance.

The total tour time is 2 1/4 hours with about 1 hour spent on the fort.  Please note the 9:00 am trip to Fort Sumter offers 75 minutes at the fort and the remaining trips of the day allow for 60 minutes.

Ramps used to access the ferry can vary based on tides and adverse conditions. Therefore, the ferry departing from downtown Charleston or Patriots Point is not always fully accessible. To ensure your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend contacting Fort Sumter Tours on the day of your visit at 843-722-2628.

Please note that copies of the vessel’s narration are available to visitors with hearing impairments. Braille copies of the park’s brochure are available to individuals with sight impairments.

There is no elevator service at Fort Sumter.

The museum, museum bookstore and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. Visit the National Park Service’s page on accessibility to learn more or call 843-883-3123.

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Reviews

This is a Charleston Tour to Talk About!

Very informative tour of one of our country's most important landmarks. The guide was so knowledgeable and made the Fort come alive. Highly recommend!

Jim Famulare

Fantastic tour and very informative presentation at the flag pole during the lowering of the flag. We saw dolphins and pelicans and the Jr. Ranger program for kids is great.

Katie Whitestone

Wonderful experience! They really treat you well and can learn a lot of history too.

Craig Cocoz

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