Quick Answers

  • May I bring food and non-alcoholic beverages onto the boat and Fort?

    Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, but they are not allowed inside the fort’s museum.  Please contact our Group Sales department for information regarding groups and this policy.

  • Cancellation Policy?

    Daytime Tours:

    • Fort Sumter Tours tickets are 100% refundable if cancelled 2 hours in advance of the departure time. If tickets are cancelled less than 2 hours from departure time they are non-refundable. Fort Sumter Tours will cruise in most weather conditions all-year round. Time on the Fort may be impacted by weather at the discretion of the National Park Service.

    Sunset at Fort Sumter Cruises:

    • Cancellations with refunds accepted up to 24-hours in-advance.
  • May I bring alcohol onto the boat and Fort Sumter?

    Bringing outside alcoholic beverages onto the boats and Fort Sumter is strictly prohibited.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the return boat trip only.  Intoxicated visitors are not allowed on the Fort.

  • How long does the tour last?

    The total tour time is 2 1/4 hours with about 1 hour spent on the fort.

  • Accessibility?

    Accessibility

    • Ramps used to access the ferry can vary based on tides and adverse conditions. Due to this, the ferry departing from downtown Charleston or Patriots Point is not always fully accessible. To ensure that your visit will be fully accessible, we recommend that you contact the concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours, on the day of your visit at (843) 722-2628.
    • Please note that copies of the vessels narration are available  to visitors with hearing impairments.  Braille copies of the park’s brochure are available to individuals with sight impairments.

    No Elevator Service at Fort Sumter

    Restrooms at Fort Sumter

    • Restrooms at Fort Sumter are closed during the 9:30 boat visit from Liberty Square. Please plan to use the restrooms located on the boat during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Where are the departure points?

    Downtown Charleston
    Fort Sumter Visitor and Education Center, 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401

    Mt. Pleasant
    Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

  • What are the departure times?

    Date / TimeLiberty Square - Downtown CharlestonPatriots Point -
    Mt. Pleasant
    Jan 2 – Feb 2811:00 am, 2:30 pm1:00 pm
    Mar 1 – Mar 149:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm10:30 am & 1:00 pm
    Mar 15 – Nov 309:30 am, 12:15 pm & 3:00 pm 10:45 am & 1:45 pm
    Dec 1 – Dec 2411:00 am, & 2:30 pm1:00 pm
    Dec 26 – Dec 319:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm10:30 am & 1:00 pm
    Thanksgiving, Dec 25 & Jan 1No Tours AvailableNo Tours Available
  • How much does the day time tour cost?

    Ticket Prices
    Adults$24.00
    Seniors/Active Military$22.00
    Children (4-11)$16.00
    Children under 3FREE
  • Is there parking available?

    Yes. For Downtown Charleston Liberty Square’s Fort Sumter Visitors Educational Center the adjacent Aquarium Wharf garage is recommended. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum has adjacent parking for $5/day/vehicle.

  • Where can I buy a ticket?

    Call 1-800-789-3678 or 843-722-BOAT (2628). Book online or simply walk-in to either Departure Point, listed below.

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