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Fort Sumter Group Tours

Must-Do Attraction in Charleston

A Fort Sumter Tour is a must-do attraction for large groups visiting Charleston, South Carolina.

Fort Sumter Tours can efficiently and comfortably accommodate school groups, reunion groups, corporate groups or tour groups interested in visiting Fort Sumter.

  • Fort Sumter Tours offers a discounted rate for any party of 15 or more.
  • Group tours can only be arranged through the company’s sales office.
  • Fort Sumter Tours requires at least 5 business days notice for any group reservations. Please note, if your group is visiting during the spring, we encourage you to make reservations with further advance notice.

Book your group tour by calling 800-789-3678 or complete the Group Request Form below.

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Group Tour Quick Answers

Fort Sumter Tour is 2 ¼ hours, includes a taped historical tour of the harbor and an approximately 1 hour self-guided tour of the fort. A optional 10-minute ranger guided talk is available as well.

Rates are subject to change and space is limited. Note, no discounts are given in the spring – especially in the two weeks around Easter.

Group rates available for groups of 15 or more only with advanced booking.

Reservations are required at least 5 days in advance.

All groups must check in at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure time. Failure to check in on time may result in a cancellation.

Payment is due prior to or at boarding. School checks and credit cards are accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted.

No individual payments can be accepted for group reservations.

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.

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.

A snack bar is available on all tours. Lunch options, including hot dogs and the SpiritLine Box Lunch, are available; preordering and prepayment is required. For details, call Group Sales at 800-789-3678.

Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their students. Bad behavior may jeopardize future reservations. See the Teacher’s Guide on the National Park Service website.

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.

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.

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