April 12th, 1861… the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, and so began the American Civil War.

Fort Sumter’s significance in history is a benchmark. The site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War, Fort Sumter is a poignant part of our country’s biography. The story of brother against brother touches not only those who have a keen interest in history but anyone who visits this prestigious site. You will step back in time when you step off our boat and onto this well preserved piece of American history.

Fort Sumter Tours is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter.  We offer many departure times daily from two convenient locations, Liberty Square, downtown Charleston, or Patriots Point, in Mt. Pleasant.

Once aboard, you will experience a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. On the fort you will find a very informative museum with many historic artifacts and a souvenir shop. After your one hour visit, you will enjoy a scenic cruise back to your departure point.