Quick Answers Fort Sumter Tours FAQs

Book online or simply walk in to either departure point. Call 800-789-3678 or 843-722-BOAT (2628). If purchasing tickets in person please arrive at least a half an hour early.

  • Adults $35.00
  • Senior/Active Military $31.00
  • Children (4-11) $21.00
  • Children 3 and under FREE

Liberty Square (Downtown)

  • Mar 1 – Mar 23 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm
  • Mar 24 & Mar 25 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm
  • Mar 26 – Mar 30 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm
  • Mar 31 – April 15 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm
  • April 16 – May 25
    • Sunday – Thursday 9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm
    • Fridays & Saturdays ONLY 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm
  • May 26 – Aug 21 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm

Patriots Point (Mt. Pleasant)

  • Mar 1 – Mar 23 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
  • Mar 24 & Mar 25 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
  • Mar 26 – Mar 30 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
  • Mar 31 – April 15 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
  • April 16 – May 25
    • Sunday -Thursday 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
    • Fridays & Saturdays ONLY 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
  • May 26 – Aug 21 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm

Downtown Charleston

Fort Sumter Visitor Center
340 Concord St,
Charleston, SC 29401

Mount Pleasant

Patriots Point
40 Patriots Point Rd,
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

2 1/4 hours, including 1 hour at the fort

The Fort Sumter Tour is a boat excursion. Due to changing weather and tide conditions, Fort Sumter Tours cannot and does not guarantee accessibility. The Liberty Square boarding ramp can accommodate electric and manual wheelchairs and scooters except in extreme tide situations. The Patriots Point location cannot accommodate wheelchairs or scooters. To ensure your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend calling Fort Sumter Tours on the day of your visit at 843-722-2628.

Fort Sumter has limited accessibility for those with mobility issues. There is no elevator service at Fort Sumter. The museum, restrooms, bookstore and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. The tour boat does have restrooms and will remain at the fort during your visit. The tour boats are equipped with an elevator/lift and handicapped accessible restrooms. Please visit the National Park Service Accessibility page for more details.

Yes. For downtown Charleston, Liberty Square’s the Fort Sumter Visitor Center is adjacent to the Aquarium Wharf garage. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum has adjacent parking for a per vehicle fee.



America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, frequently referred to as the National Parks pass does not apply to the ferry fee. This includes the Interagency Senior, Access, Military, 4th Grade Pass and Annual passes.

Fort Sumter Tour tickets are 100% refundable if canceled 2 hours in advance of the departure time. If tickets are canceled less than 2 hours from departure time they are non-refundable. Rates and times are subject to availability and change without notice.

Fort Sumter tours cruise in most weather conditions year-round. The Charleston area experiences a high number of lightning strikes during the summer. Know the latest weather conditions and seek safe shelter in the event of lightning or thunder. Lightning identified within 10 miles of Fort Sumter will prompt the closure of the observation deck, and visitors are advised to shelter in the fort’s museum or on the ferry. The National Park Service and Fort Sumter Tours will inform visitors when there is a possibility that storms may impact the length of time visitors can spend at the fort. For more weather information, visit www.nps.gov/fosu.

Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, but they are not allowed inside the fort’s museum. Please contact our Group Sales department for information regarding groups and this policy (843-722-2628).

Bringing outside alcoholic beverages onto the boats and Fort Sumter is strictly prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the return boat trip only. Intoxicated visitors are not allowed in the fort.

Please follow the current recommended CDC guidelines. Visit the National Park Service site for more info.

Pets are not permitted at Fort Sumter due to the high volume of visitors to this secluded island fort. Fort Sumter Tours does not permit pets on board vessels.  Please visit the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park website for details.

No concealed weapons are allowed on any vessels operated by Fort Sumter Tours.

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