Fort Sumter National Monument

Type: Active, Attractions, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Military, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Outdoor Activities - Winter, Parks

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Fort Sumter, visible across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Battery, is the famous site of the first shots of the Civil War. Sumter was taken by the Confederate Army in April 1861, and became...  Read More


  • Best Attractions & Activities, Historic Sites: "During your short ferry ride to Fort Sumter, keep an eye out for the many dolphins that call the Charleston harbor home!"
  • Outdoor Activities: "Note that some areas of the fort island are inaccessible for those with mobility issues. See the Ft. Sumter Tours website for more info."
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This serene fort-island setting is the location where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861.
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: A boat tour of Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began, is an essential part of any history lover's visit to Charleston.


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