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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 17 October 2018

Informative and interesting location that provides further history and facts . Ask why fort cannons were aimed at city during Civil War .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nan S
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I took our teenage daughter. We got lucky and arrived right before the flag exchange where they take down the flag that flew last night and put up today’s flag. Really enjoyed this visit. Great for history buffs.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

With the interpretation provided by Park Service & your own imagination, exploring this old fort is a worthwhile visit, Good overview of the War of 1812 & the inspiration arising from the battle here, gives a better understanding to the words of our National Anthem...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank crossbowhealth
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

I’m a local resident who has visited too many times to count, but I never miss a chance to bring guests to this historic treasure on the water. Children and adults love the reenactments (check times before you go to make sure you’re there for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

great attraction. well kept, clean, numerous people around available to answer questions or tell stories of the fort and the surrounding area, very informative, a must see.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Don B
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Great place to be to learn the history behind one of America's great songs ever written. Visit the very site to understand the pain and suffering that took place here in 1814. The day when I visited it was raining so could not spend much...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Travel back in time to the Baltimore Fort and the inspiration for the National Anthem!! They had park rangers to answer any questions as you tour the fort. See a movie first then explore the fort.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janice B
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Great musuem and fort to visit; one of the best we have seen on the East Coast. It was not crowded and we were able to explore the whole fort. The musuem does a great job in discussing the War of 1812, the Chesapeake Campaign,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We went in the afternoon and got to participate in a demonstration on the artillery used during the bombardment on Ft. McHenry. Following the presentation at 4:00 there is the lowering of the flag. This is also something you can participate in.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lbagwell2
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We visited this fort and it was really nice to see the place that inspired the national anthem. We also got to learn about the Battle in September 1814 where the soldiers were able to fend off a large Armada of British ships.

Date of experience: October 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