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Fort McHenry National Monument

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Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.
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2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5390
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great treat for kids. Learn about the war of 1812, the importance of the port of Baltimore, and how the Fort functioned then and now. Park rangers are great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started in the Visitors Center and saw the film of the historical battle that took place here in 1814 that led to the lyrics of the US National Anthem. The film was very well done, and gave a complete overview of the battle. Toured...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not know too much about the history of the Fort apart from link to Star Spangled Banner. Was fortunate enough to arrive at time of flag raising and it was a memorable experience to be part of. The history of the battle here being...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Flashman181
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a cold February day and only spent a little time here because of the cold, but felt it was worth the short visit. The park is not large as are most National Parks, but the waterfront view is lovely and if you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cheri D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice drive to get there and the information and displays were informative and interesting. The view is amazing and it is fun to explore the landscape. Was not a priority but glad we ventured out.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Senoreme
Reviewed 7 February 2019

Finally had a place to let the kids go crazy in Baltimore and learn something as well. We bought the park passes and gave them to relatives (they could use them many times in the year). Awesome American history and it was great to see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John S
Reviewed 4 February 2019

I have sung the National Anthem at a large variety of events, and have often heard the flag-folding story about how Francis Scott Key, watching the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 was inspired to pen the poem that later became...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019

History buffs could spend a lot of time here. Well maintained. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Regular events. A little out of the way, and the entrance path is very long.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joe M
Reviewed 15 January 2019

This is a must for any History buff, when visiting Baltimore. The fort has been used in every war the US has been involved it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

A moment in history captured. There is a short film played inside about Francis Scott Key and the events surrounding the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Beautiful view of the harbor.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from Lisa S | Reviewed this property |
You could either take a cab or the free bus called the Circulator. You would take the Banner Route on the Circulator to go from downtown to Ft. McHenry. It's 3 miles from the Inner Harbor to the Fort, so definitely walkable... More
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Response from joe s | Reviewed this property |
You can walk around, outside of the fort,but you pay a fee to see inside,is very interesting. Good luck