First built in 1776 on Sullivan’s Island, Fort Moultrie served as an active military installation through the end of World War II and reflects 171 years of seacoast defense strategy and technology. Sullivan’s Island long served as Charleston Harbor’s first line of defense against disease or foreign invasion. For many, it was the first stop for incoming ships with sick passengers to quarantine before entering the city, including African captives brought to North America to be sold into slavery. Approximately 40% of the 400,000 enslaved Africans entered the country at the port of Charleston.
Entrance passes are required for the Fort Moultrie unit of the park for individuals 16 years and older. 15 years and younger are free. America the Beautiful passes are also accepted. The entrance pass is valid at the Fort Moultrie unit only. Passes are NOT valid at the Fort Sumter unit of the park. Fort Sumter does not charge an entrance fee; however, tickets are required for the authorized concession-operated ferry and can be purchased in advance from www.fortsumtertours.com.
The Fort Moultrie unit of the park is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Hours of operation vary by building and season. Check the park’s website for details, www.nps.gov/fosu.
Activities to enjoy at Fort Moultrie include visiting historical points of interest, birding, fishing/crabbing, sightseeing, picnicking, Jr. Ranger program, a 23-minute film, and museum exhibits.
Except for the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, the site is primarily outdoors. Sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, sunglasses and a hat are recommended.
Passes are valid for entrance fees at the Fort Moultrie unit of the park. Passes are NOT valid at the Fort Sumter unit of the park. Fort Sumter does not charge an entrance fee; however, tickets are required for the authorized concession-operated ferry and can be purchased in advance from www.fortsumtertours.com.
All visitors 16 years of age and older are required to pay an entrance fee at the Fort Moultrie Site.
Print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit. Check-in at the information desk inside the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center upon arrival. Be prepared to present your physical or digital pass and a Photo ID. The Fort Moultrie Visitor Center is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC, 29482. Parking is available behind the Visitor Center.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.