Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry
- Valid: 1 day
Booking tickets online was extremely easy. My brother and I had a little difficulty with the parking instructions, but once we figured out where the parking garage was located, we were good to go. The ferry departed on time, and the crew was friendly and helpful. There was indoor and outdoor seating. We saw bottlenose dolphins on the return trip which was fun. Plus we saw active dredging of the shipping channel, tugboats at work and the USS Yorktown with aircraft on its deck. The ride to the fort was smooth, and the ranger talk was chock full of historic information. It was cold, raw and rainy the day we visited so we were glad the time on the island was not too long. We had all the time we needed to explore, and it was great that a park ranger approached of his own volition to engage us in further discussion. We learned even more. Overall, it was wonderful despite the weather.
The excursion was fine EXCEPT: lady at Patriot Point ticket window said that the excursion was not handicapped accessible from that location, meaning the ferry, ie etc. That was incorrect, and I was able to use my mobility scooter everywhere excepting the second level of Ft. Sumter! She needs to be better informed, and a little bit more handicapped friendly!
I knew nothing really about Ft Sumter or it's history, the guides were a wealth of knowledge & very helpful! My only take away was the ferry ride over & back. There were multiple people using vape pens. I thought you could. It use any type of tobacco products but I could have been misinformed.
The staff on the boat were very accommodating and informative. The park rangers were exceptional. We went on a Monday in March so we practically had the whole fort to ourselves and they took that opportunity to show us everything possible as well as answered all of our questions.
We had a good idea of what to expect. I found the ‘beach restoration ‘ that was taking place interesting and thought the park service could do more education on that aspect.