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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 29 December 2008

Right off of I-95 it's a nice break for a long road trip. I thought the $7 admission was ridiculous though, and with a bit of research beforehand (wikipedia) you can get the same experience walking around the fort and save the money. You won't...More

Thank Ed G
Reviewed 23 December 2008

Visited Fort McHenry in mid November 2008. The fort is well preserved. But more importantly, the park rangers and exhibits do an excellent job of telling the story of the battle. The scale model of the fort in the visitor's center was invaluable in helping...More

1  Thank YankeeinFL
Reviewed 4 November 2008

A must see for any American and any International Visitor. I am somewhat biased as we take part in historical re-enacting with the period that the fort is from and stayed as part of a historical weekend but even still this fort is incredible and...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 27 August 2008

Taking your children and seeing, feeling, and touching history is a chance in a lifetime. I would definitely do it again because we forget a whole lot when we get caught up in our everday lives. My children absolutely loved climbing, reading, and listening to...More

Thank jfpTexas
Reviewed 10 July 2008

I love to visit old forts which have history in them, Fort McHenry has just that. A poem was scibbled down after the British fleet was turned back, this poem later became our national anthem. You can take Ed Kane's water taxi to the fort...More

1  Thank Redsledtoo
Reviewed 27 April 2008

There is a lot to see and do at Fort McHenry, and you can easily spend a half a day there. When I went I first stopped at the visitor Center, which small, and kind of old. There are a few artifacts and displays about...More

3  Thank TouristMD
Reviewed 23 January 2008

Located just a short drive or water taxi ride outside of Baltimore's popular Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry is a must see while visiting Baltimore. This fort and its tall flag pole are what Francis Scott Key saw as he wrote The Star Spangled Banner during...More

1  Thank TheTrekkingPenguins
Reviewed 17 January 2008

If you are into history or structures of the past, you should definately visit this landmark. You can take a water taxi from the Inner Harbor, although we decided to walk. Probably about 1.5-2 miles, but it was a nice day and wasn't a bad...More

3  Thank Pens4821
Reviewed 20 September 2007

I've visited Fort McHenry twice and I enjoyed it both times. If you're into U.S. history, it's a place worth seeing. It was here that a British fleet bombarded the fort in an attempt to take the city of Baltimore. The city had supported a...More

2  Thank LOTRfan
Reviewed 3 September 2007

Fort McHenry is a great place to go if you're spending the day in Baltimore. To get there from the Inner Harbor, a fun means of transportation is the Water Taxi. The visitor center is free and includes a movie telling the history of the...More

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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