Coupons are not offered for tours of Fort Sumter but discounted tickets are available for senior citizens and children. Group rates are available for some tour packages. FortSumterTours.com offers information about combination tour packages that pair a tour of Fort Sumter with other popular destinations. Combo tours might include a carriage ride tour of historic Charleston, a tour of the USS Yorktown battleship or a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium, as of 2015.
Fort Sumter tours are conducted under the approval of the National Park Service, and an authorized commercial cruise boat ferries tourists to and from the historic monument. The tour boat departs from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. During the 30-minute boat ride to the fort, tourists learn historical details about the outbreak of the Civil War. Upon arrival at the fort, tourists are given additional information about the role of Fort Sumter in the war by National Park Service Rangers. Additionally, tourists can roam the grounds of the fort, observe historical artifacts and purchase souvenirs.
Sunset tours of Fort Sumter, which are offered during limited times, are more expensive than the main tour. Tourists are provided with complimentary hors d'oeuvres during the sunset tour and enjoy magnificent views from the top area of the fort.