Fort Sumter is now a National Monument. It's free to visit the monument but the roundtrip boat ride costs $21/person. The boats are operated by Fort Sumter Tours and you should make reservations a few days ahead.
Boats depart from Liberty Square in Charleston.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston Harbor. On the 40 minute ride out, we saw dolphins.
You have about an hour to explore the fort.
There's not much on the fort except cannons and a small museum. 1 hour is plenty of time.
Since we were the last tour of the day, there was a flag-lowering ceremony.
The park rangers give a very moving speech about the symbolism of the flag.
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