1. Walter Eaton

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    From patriots point worth the 18 dollar admission. Cold November morning was illuminating with this important juncture of American history. While the structure has been altered since the attack of 1861.The fort can be visually stirring, it’s rendering foundation enough to encompass the imagination of the inaugural battle of the civil war.

  2. Gary Standke

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    You really get a good idea of the devastation which occurred. Short, calm boat ride with a great talk upon our arrival. Park in the parking structure NE of the entrance.

  3. Steve Markos

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    I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in April 2014. The Fort Sumter National Monument preserves two military forts located in Charleston, South Carolina. The most famous, Fort Sumter, is located on an island in Charleston Harbor. The National Park Service has partnered with a private concessionaire that operates boat tours up to six times a day during the peak season, but anyone with their own boat can visit the fort (you can even kayak or canoe to the fort). Boat tours leave from the Fort Sumter Visitor Center at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or from a State property, Patriots Point, which is located across the harbor. There is a charge for the tour. Tours take about 2.5 hours, with 1 hour spent at the fort and the rest of the time spent traveling on the boat. The fort lies about 4 miles southeast of both Liberty Square and Patriots Point, so neither departure point offers a time advantage over the other. Fort Moultrie, which in various incarnations saw service from the American Revolution through World War II, is located on Sullivans Island and can be accessed by car thanks to bridges. It is on the other side of the harbor, southeast from the Liberty Square Visitor Center, though nearly directly across from Fort Sumter. It takes about a half hour to travel from Liberty Square to Fort Moultrie. Unlike Fort Sumter, in which visitors only have one hour to see the fort, visitors to Fort Moultrie can spend as much time as they want at the fort. A Visitor Center and museum are across the street. There is a small fee to enter the fort and you can get tickets at the Visitor Center.While the park goes by the name of Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie, in my opinion, is the more interesting of the two, though few tourists take advantage of touring the fort. While Fort Sumter sees 300 tourists every boatload for up to six tours a day, Fort Moultrie may only get 300 visitors a day.

  4. Mark Pruett

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    Had a great time. Very cool said the kids. Stick with tour guide at start. The 10 minute info they give makes it better. Then visit Fort Moultrie 12 minutes away to complete the adventure. It is also awesome and a quick tour!

  5. Manuel Campos

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    Great for history buffs but taking the ferry just does not allow enough time to truly enjoy the time at the fort. The ride is approximately 45 minutes each way with only an hour at the fort. But if I could do it again I definitely would.