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Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
410-962-4290
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Ranked #3 of 157 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Missions
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It was very interesting, the tour guide at the Fort was very good and wanted to tell you all about what happen there. A great time was had by all and learned a lot about the history of what happen at the fort..a must see

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Jacksonville, Florida
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The facility is beautifully maintained and the teaching aids are comprehensive. The most impressive feature to me was that such a small garrison and fort could hold off a huge British force. You gain real appreciation for the courage and sacrifice of the people who built this country.

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bethesda, md
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67 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We took the water taxi to Fort McHenry. I would definitely recommend both the Fort and the water taxi. The visitors center at Fort McHenry is very nicely done and informative. There is a fee unless you have a park pass. The grounds are beautiful, but the information in the buildings and shared by the rangers are also very interesting... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Home to the Star Spangled Banner the Fort is one of the most historic sites in the US. It was an active fort through WWII. Today it is still in process of a continuing restoration process. It is a wonderful facility with a great visitors center, spectacular historic buildings and super views of the city and harbor. There are lots... More

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Our family visited during the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner. The movie at the Visitor Center told the story of our national anthem came to be. When the anthem was played, all stood and a curtain was raised, revealing our flag outside. Beautiful & moving. The activities at the fort itself were also well done and helped bring history... More

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Grand Bahama Island
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Saw where Francis Scott Key was standing on a British ship watching the cannon balls explode. Did not know he was an attorney that had gone out to the British ship to negotiate the freeing of colonists. The Fort is a must see in Baltimore.

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the trip. Weather you know the history of Ft McHenry or you don't, you will learn something and enjoy yourselves. The visitor's center and exhibits tell the story..there is a short film/re-enactment and then you tour the grounds. We were there for the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and had a great time. No food, but... More

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Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Since 2014 marks the 200TH Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, they had a special celebration from Sept. 14-17 all over Baltimore. I was blessed to have been there for that. They really went all out at the Fort with demonstrations, fire works, foreign ships passing along the Fort, tall ships & special shows are now available to commemorate the... More

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Edgewood, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I was also there as part of the 200 year celebration of the Star Spangled Banner. It was a spectacular day! I recommend touring the inner harbor of Baltimore as part of your visit, then take one of the water taxis to Fells Point and Fort McHenry. The National Monument is a must see, and free. The water taxis are... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth seeing. The visitor's center is new and the exhibits/movie place the fort in context of the War of 1812 really well. The location in the harbor is also quite scenic.

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