Hours: The island is closed to visitors at sunset. The fort closes 30 minutes prior to the last ferry departure. Tours depart Gulfport daily 9 and noon, (returns 2:30 and 5), mid-May to mid-Aug.; Wed.-Fri. 9 (returns 2:30), Sat.-Sun. 9 and noon (returns 2:30 and 5), mid-Mar. to mid-May and mid-Aug. to Oct. 30; Labor Day, 9 and noon (returns at 2:30 and 5). Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 6 hours, 30 minutes minimum.