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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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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Words cannot appropriately describe the feeling of walking on these grounds. The sacredness and history are beyond Awe inspiring! The staff there is very helpful, and the history gained is wonderful. A must see for anyone of any age. Our only issue was getting there. After October 1, the water taxis only go as far as Locust Point, and taxis... More

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Sedona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Take the ferry from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry National Monument to experience arriving to the site by boat. It was from a ship In the harbor that Francis Key Scott witnessed the British attack on the Fort during the War of 1812 and, after a day and night of constant bombardment, saw the 15-star and 15-stripe flag still... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spent several hours here recently. Wonderfully preserved fort. The visitors center is worth your time. The site is family friendly and the children have lots to do. The fort itself is in good shape. If you have the time take the guided tour. Chalked with lots of facts and interesting stories. You can even purchase a U.S. Flag and have... More

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Alameda, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A self guided or Ranger guided tour of this site is a must for every visitor to Baltimore. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The Fort is an historic treasure that has original buildings and armament. Many rooms in the barracks buildings, as well as other areas if the fort, have been restored to include furniture, clothing and both... More

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Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

No matter how short your visit is, this is a place you have to visit! You will leave with a new level of respect of our forefathers. The site is immaculate and there is so much to learn and enjoy. Purchase water taxi tickets to go here. It saves a lot of time versus taking the bus and you get... More

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Seattle
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Very good presentation. Make sure you see the video in the museum and take the ranger led tour. The fort is well preserved and maintained.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. The fort itself was interesting and the story of the National Anthem was described well. This is definitely worth your time to visit. The fort played a key role in stopping the British from capturing, looting, and burning Baltimore in the War of 1812, and is well explained by the exhibits, film,... More

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Plain City, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

On the bay very relaxed , a bit of a walk to the fort- only have to pay to get in the actual fort but not the grounds or the movie

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Carlsbad, California
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298 reviews 298 reviews
64 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Ft. McHenry and the displays are a great picture into the early history of our nation. The ranger who gives the orientation talk is excellent and he spreads a lot of information on the 1812-1814 years of our war with Great Britain. He makes it real when he refers to Francis Scott Key as "Frank" and President James Madison as... More

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Hickory, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I have been to many National Park Service sites and I think this was one of the best Visitor Centers I have seen. The video was great and then the screen rises with a view of flag flying over the fort. The fort itself was very well maintained with lots of great photo opportunities. My son helped raise the 15... More

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