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Visiting Fort Pulaski- A Must Do!

31 Aug 2015
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Fort Pulaski is set between Savannah and Tybee Island right off of Hwy 80. Fort Pulaski National Monument offers visitors the chance to experience many interesting and exciting activities year-round. Fort Pulaski itself is a large-scale outdoor exhibit. The main structure, together with outlying works including demilune, drawbridges, ditches, and dikes, is a fine example of historic military architecture. And the best thing of all about Fort Pulaski, besides its rich history is that is allows dogs on its grounds and trails (not in the public buildings). So bring your four legged friend for the historical adventure. Weather permitting, the fort is open every day of the year except for: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. There are free visiting days and special guided tours so keep an eye on their calendar for more information. The remaining free days this year are September 26th and November 11th.

Cost: The entrance cost is $7 per person for anyone over 16 (15 and younger are free) and that covers you for the rest of the visit no matter how long you stay or what you choose to explore. If you are active military then you are able to purchase a yearly pass that will allow you and your dependents to enter the fort for no charge for the full year. The entrance fees help support projects in the monument to improve the experience for visitors.

Hours: From 9am-5pm daily. The bridge closes at 5:15pm. All vehicles must be across the Cockspur Island Bridge by closing time.

Museum-Visitor Center

  • Start your visit at the park visitor center. See the park film "The Battle for Fort Pulaski," and learn more about Fort Pulaski through the park's displays and collections. Exhibits inside the Visitor Center highlight Casimir Pulaski, General David Hunter, and Robert E. Lee. Learn about the construction of Fort Pulaski and the significance of the battle for Fort Pulaski in April 1862. Recent additions include a new high-definition presentation detailing the historic battle, as well as a full-scale replica of a 13-inch Seacoast Mortar. "The Battle for Fort Pulaski," a 20 minute film highlights the history of Fort Pulaski from its early construction to the later struggle for its control during the Civil War. Film shows on the hour and half-hour from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.

Outdoor/ Nature Trails (Comfortable shoes, water, and insect repellent are recommended, especially in the summer months.Trail Guide)

  • North Pier Trail- This trail guides visitors through a scenic wooded environment and passes through remnants of Fort Pulaski's original construction village. Battery Hambright, built in the late 19th Century, and the historic north pier highlight this 1/4 mile trail. 
  • Lighthouse Overlook Trail- The Lighthouse Overlook Trail guides visitors along open marsh as well as a forested environment offering views of the Savannah River and Tybee Island. The 3/4 mile trail also offers the island's best views of the historic Cockspur Island Lighthouse.
  • Historic Dike System- Designed by Lt. Robert E. Lee, the historic dike system allowed for tide control and drainage which aided in the construction of Fort Pulaski. The two mile length trail circles Fort Pulaski, offering visitors unparalleled views of Cockspur Island and the Savannah River.
  • McQueens Island Rails to Trails- Located on McQueens Island at the entrance to Fort Pulaski National Monument, this six-mile trail follows the path of the old Tybee rail line that once connected Savannah to the beaches of Tybee Island. The packed-gravel trail is open to bikers, runners, and walkers.

*Construction VillageLook closely for remnants of Fort Pulaski's construction village used from the late 1820s through the 1880s. You can view the ruins of ovens, cisterns, and other stonework dispersed along the park trails.*

*Fort Pulaski Cemetery- Visit the small cemetery located next to Fort Pulaski. The final resting spot of several soldiers from the early to mid-19th century.*


Guided Tours and Demonstrations SchedulesYou can tour the grounds yourself or you can join a guided tour and learn more in depth about what makes Fort Pulaski unique. (Schedules are subject to change due to staffing availability and weather conditions.)

  • Through the tour, visitors will see one of the nation's finest examples of a seacoast fortification, while learning about the construction and engineering of Fort Pulaski, Civil War technology, rifled cannons, general fort life, and the Battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862. Tours meet inside the fort and usually last 45 minutes to an hour. No extra charge for a guided tour. 
  • There are cannon demonstrations and Musket demonstrations done at specific times on Saturday.
  • Rather go for a tour yourself? Then check out the grey information speaker boxes throughout the fort. Press the button on them to hear a recorded history or fun fact of that part of the fort you are in.

Monday - Friday
10:30am- Guided Fort Tour
3:00pm- Guided Fort Tour

Saturday
11:00am- Historic Weapons Demonstration
11:30am- Guided Fort Tour
1:00pm -Historic Weapons Demonstration
1:30pm- Guided Fort Tour
3:00pm- Historic Weapons Demonstration

Sunday
10:30am- Guided Fort Tour
3:00pm- Guided Fort Tour

Don't forget to visit the gift store and bookstore! A percentage of all purchases made at one of the bookstores or online helps fund projects and operations at Fort Pulaski National Monument as well as other sites.