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Address: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
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+1 410-962-4290
09:00 - 17:00
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Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national...

Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.

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My husband and I took advantage of the 70 degrees February day, and decided to visit Fort McHenry. It wasn't our first visit, so honestly, we didn't go into the fort itself. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I took advantage of the 70 degrees February day, and decided to visit Fort McHenry. It wasn't our first visit, so honestly, we didn't go into the fort itself. We walked along the path by the water, that is a feat in itself for me. I have a disease that affects my voluntary muscles, so today was... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was on the top of my list for a place to visit while spending a week in Baltimore. So much of our nation's history is wrapped up in protecting Baltimore from the British and also having the cannons trained on the city in case there was local resistance to the Revolutionary troops. I loved how spread out things were,... More 

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Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good place to start if you would like to take a historical tour of Baltimore. It's so cool to think that the Star-Spangled Banner was penned during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. There is a fee to see the fort but the museum is free.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I thought this was a great National Monument to visit in Baltimore. I was really exciting to see where we defended our nation from the port area in Baltimore. The people who work for the Fort are always in character and make the experience unique. Stay a little later to see them lower the flag during the ceremony. It is... More 

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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I actually didn't want to come here but my history buff son dragged me along. I was quite surprised by what a wonderful visit it was. The Fort's history is about so much more than a single night in 1814; it was important during the Civil War and both World Wars. The staff is passionate about the shrine and provides... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our Scout troop had the privilege of raising the flag in the morning. Thanks for the wonderful memory.

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitor's center is beautiful. There are walking paths all around it and joggers we're doing their diligent workouts while we strolled gently along the path down to the water's edge. You can pay just $10 to tour the Fort. We didn't go in to do the tour this day due to my sore foot, but we'll return again later... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort McHenry has something for everyone. If you love history, you get a terrific angle on the War of 1812. If you love photograpy, the shots are everywhere you turn. If you love waterfront spots, you can stroll along the promenade. If you love picnics - this is a tremendous place to picnic. My last visit was when the Blue... More 

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent and I like the fact that the waiters and waitresses came back several times to see if you needed anything.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Thursday afternoon in November and had the place almost entirely to myself. Staff were fantastically friendly and kind. Your visit should begin at the Visitor Center where they show a short 10-minute orientation film every 30 minutes. The displays are interesting for kids and adults alike with many funny anecdotes and interesting pieces of information. Afterwards take... More 

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