Things to do in Charleston

Historic Forts in Charleston, South Carolina

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Thur. - Mon. 9am - 6 pm. Closed Tues. and Wed. Dorchester was settled in 1696 by a small group of Congregationalists on a high bluff on the east bank of the Ashley River. Today, ruins of Ft. Dorchester, old St, George's Church, and interesting archaeological excavations mark the site of Dorchester. No admission fee.

20 mi. NW Charleston, off Hwy. 642
Summerville , SC 29485
Phone: 843-873-1740


Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Moultrie
The first American victory over the British Navy on June 28, 1776, at a palmetto log fort on the shores of Charleston Harbor galvanized the patriot's cause for independence. The National Park Service interprets 171 years of American seacoast defenses from 1776 to 1947. The Visitor Center houses exhibits on Fort Moultrie’s history and a 20-minute orientation film. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Adults $3; Seniors (62+) $1; Children (16 and under) free; Families $5.

Visitor Center located on West Middle St. on Sullivan's Island
Sullivans Island , SC 29482
Phone: 843-883-3123


Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter is located in Charleston Harbor. Correspondences should be sent to park headquarters at 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482; 843-883-3123. www.nps.gov/fosu. Concessionaire ferries depart from Liberty Square in Charleston and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. The Civil War provides the United States with one of its critical defining moments and continues to play a vital role in defining ourselves as a Nation. America’s most tragic conflict ignited at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when a chain reaction of social, economic and political events exploded into civil war. A powerful symbol to both the South and the North, Fort Sumter remains a memorial to all who fought to hold it. The fort may be visited by private boat or by ferry boat. Open daily except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours vary according to the season.

1214 Middle St.
Sullivan's Island, 29482
Phone: 843-883-3123


Fort Sumter Tours
The only tour stopping at Fort Sumter National Monument, where the Civil War began. Cruise to the island fort while you enjoy breathtaking views of Charleston and her Harbor. National Park Service historians explain the fort's history. Tours depart from the Visitor Education Facility at Liberty Square downtown and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant and lasts for 2 1/4 hours.

360 Concord Street. Ste. 201
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-881-7337


Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
Located at 340 Concord St., Charleston, SC. 843-883-3123. www.nps.gov/fosu. This state-of-the-art facility is the primary departure point for visitors to Fort Sumter, serving as an interpretive education center for the National Park Service to communicate the significance of Fort Sumter and its history. Exhibits provide an overview of the many issues and debates that led to the outbreak of the Civil War. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and admission is free. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

340 Concord St.
Charleston, SC 29413
Phone: 843-883-3123

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