Fort Sumter National Monument
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- Fort Sumter National MonumentMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Nov 12, 2013
Fort Sumter National Monument is part of the National Park Service’s part unit. The disability access for the boat is located in downtown Charleston. Once on the island there are lifts to get to different parts of the fort.
- Fort Sumter National MonumentMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFirst to ReviewOct 24, 2013
Though it has been years since I've gone, the trip out to Fort Sumter (where the American Civil War was nominally begun) is a must-do for anyone with even a passing interest in American history. The ferry ride out through Charleston harbor is pleasant enough, and (like San Francisco's Alcatraz) the experience of walking through a slice of history this well preserved is pretty cool as well.
- Fort Sumter National MonumentDec 24, 2012
For someone who's never taken an American History class and has relatively little interest in the subject, I found Fort Sumter to be a really cool little trip that was both informative and manageable for non-history buffs. The trip out to the island is about 30 minutes long - in the winter, it can be quite cold; luckily there is a heated indoor area where you can sit by the window with a cup of coffee to warm up. Once on the island, you have about an hour to listen to the park ranger's brief talk and explore the remains of the fort yourself. There isn't too much to see on a surface level - some cannons are still around, as well as most of the original fort walls - but there is also a museum with a lot of interesting artifacts. My favorite part though (and most surprising for me) was the ranger's talk. It last for roughly 20 minutes, and covered the history of the fort as well as the actions leading up to the Civil War's first shot and the eventual surrender. But she included a lot of unique tid bits that kept a Civil War amateur listening, and I appreciated the fact that it didn't drag on too long. In other words: if you come here with kids, they'll enjoy it as well.