A Day at Fort Moultrie National Historical Park  

Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina is a captivating place for sun-seekers to enjoy time away from the daily hustle. It’s also a perfect place for history buffs to connect with the past. If you’re looking to make more of a history-focused journey to Sullivan’s Island, you’ll want to start at the Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. One of the oldest still-standing forts along the Eastern Seaboard, this stop played a pivotal role in both Revolutionary War defenses and as a Civil War stronghold. 

cannon at Fort Moultrie Park

Visiting Fort Moultrie 

Fort Moultrie sprawls across a large parcel of beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the south end of Sullivan’s Island. Those looking to visit will find the entrance located at 1214 Middle Street. This national historical park is open to the public daily between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm but to visit, you’ll need to be sure to purchase an entrance ticket for $10. Fort Moultrie is a designated U.S. Fee Area and tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center upon arrival. Do take note that contactless payments are the only form of payment accepted at the park. Purchasing a pass to Fort Moultrie puts money directly back into visitor enhancement projects on-site which is something to feel good about.  

About Fort Moultrie National Historical Park  

Fort Moultrie was first constructed during the Revolutionary War as a buffer between the British and Charleston. A successful four-day battle at the fort under the command of William Moultrie earned the fort its name. Today, the residents of Charleston County continue to celebrate this feat known as “Carolina Day” on June 28th of each year. Fort Moultrie was decommissioned in 1960 and came under the direction of the National Park Service. Today, the National Park Service continues to manage and maintain the oceanfront historical landmark for guests to come and visit and enjoy a look into the past.  

What You’ll See 

A trip to Fort Moultrie National Historical Park offers up a chance to see the vast majority of intact fort remnants in place as well as beautiful surrounding beach landscapes and a stroll through the Visitor Center. The brick and concrete barriers on-site are a testament to the longevity of the landmark and make for not only inspiring encounters, but incredible photo opportunities as well.  

How to Tour 

While self-guided touring of Fort Moultrie is certainly an option, requesting a guided tour upon arrival can offer up more insight into the artifacts on-site. Fort Moultrie can also be toured as a group by booking a reservation online through the National Park Service website. Throughout the year, this national historical park also offers school groups and educational tours utilizing South Carolina academic fee waivers.  

Where to Recharge 

After your days of adventuring and learning, refuel by dining at the restaurants on Sullivan’s Island! Not sure what you’re in the mood for? Check out our recommendations below.

  • Mex 1: Known for their margaritas and street-corn queso.
  • Poe’s Tavern: Known for their burgers and craft beer selection.
  • Longboard: Known for signature cocktails and unique flair.
  • High Thyme: Known for their small bites and fresh drinks.
  • Obstinate Daughter: Known for their pastas and wine selection.
Station One Sullivan's Island

Book Your Stay Today 

Make more of your Sullivan’s Island adventure in style when you book your vacation rental through Charleston Coast Vacations. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning. 

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