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Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
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Ranked #3 of 130 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Missions, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We've been to a lot of historical monuments and forts...St. Augustine, San Juan, etc..but Fort McHenry National Monument has by far provided the most moving experience for our family. Definitely begin with the film at the Visitor's Center--because they have designed it to have an experiential moment that makes the entire "Star Spangled Banner" story very personal for ages 6... More

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Tring, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Didn't intend to come to this monument, almost stumbled across it but quite interesting, too cold to stay longer though

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Carson City, Nevada
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11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited Fort McHenry in November and it was such a treat! We walked all over the entire fort. Loved the historical elements- from the authentic bunk houses to the historical artifacts all around. This is a must-see if you are in the Baltimore area.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Right in the heart of a modern city yet still alive with history. The site provides a mix of history and gorgeous views of the water. You can move about rather freely on the property and spend a great deal of time casually walking about. Enjoyed getting a glimpse at what life might have been like at the fort way... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A recent return to this historical site was my first since the construction of the museum / visitors center. Very well kept grounds and an amazing view of the city / harbor. I did not take the tour, however I did spend a great amount of time walking the grounds and taking in the sights. It is FREE to park... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We took the banner route charm city circulatory, which is a free bus, to Fort McHenry. It dropped us off, right outside the main entrance. We walked in past the gift shop and bought our tickets. We walked thru the Fort. It was really a nice spot. We learned about the history. The walking paths were nice; you were able... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It’s a fort. They did a good job on the signs / displays & I learned a lot from reading but it’s not all that exciting. We took our time but were still through the entire exhibit in under 2 hours.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Here's a place you can dream of what it may have been like two hundred years ago. For a national monument it's a bit sleepy commemorating events a couple hundred years ago. The grounds are well maintained. It can be assessed with a water taxi which makes for a pleasant ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Rich in history and stunning views of the harbor. A hidden gem in Baltimore! The kids loved reading every sign.

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Columbia, Maryland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

What a beautiful park with convenient parking. It's magical with a path you can stroll down it's just the perfect thing to do on a gorgeous day. Come early as the park closes at 5.

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