Fort Sumter Fort Sumter is only accessible by a concession-operated ferry or by private boat. Learn more about operating hours and visiting Fort Sumter . Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401 The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Fort Moultrie 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 The Fort Moultrie Unit, including the visitor center, historic fort, and parking area, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Park Headquarters 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 The Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, park headquarters is located next to the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for federal holidays.
The Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA) provides transportation opportunities throughout the greater Charleston area. Visit the CARTA website for more information and downloadable routes.
Fort Sumter is located 3.3 miles via water from downtown Charleston, and must be reached by boat. You may access the Fort Sumter dock with your private boat or ride the park concession operated ferry system. Fort Sumter Tours, Inc. is the current authorized concession operator. If using a private boat, please do not block the concession ferry access to the Fort Sumter dock.
Two concession ferry departure sites are currently available for you to catch the ferry to Fort Sumter. The primary site is located at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in Charleston. The secondary departure site is located at Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.