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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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Colchester, Vermont, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have wandered different forts in Maine, NH, VT and NY. This one here in MD is one of the favorite i have been to. Sooo much to see and explore at your own pace. Makes for a great afternoon that even the kids will enjoy.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The new visitors' center at Ft. McHenry is fantastic! The fort itself is also being spruced up for the bicentennial of the battle that inspired our national anthem. The 10-minute movie was perfect for everyone, even the children, and I noticed not just a few adults blotting eyes as we all stood up for the anthem at the end. Reenactors... More

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Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband & I went just this past Monday and I have to say it was absolutely breathtaking. Even if your not into history the views were amazing I couldn't belive how much you could see from the top of the fort, I love history and loved the fact that the turned the bunkers into little museums it was really... More

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USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We have driven by Fort Mchenry several times and decided to stop in and were glad we did. The tour was very good and there were re-enacters on site. We learned a lot from the park ranger and highly recommend taking a guided tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I once went to the place so the soldiers would demonstrate how they defeated the Redcoats and how our National Anthem was derived!

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Staten Island, New York
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You start off watching a short film, which was definitely moving at the end, but I knew what was going to happen by reading previously travelers comments. You then can tour the grounds for as long as you want. The only tip I can give you, is if you do not like the heat, then plan to visit during cooler... More

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Richardson, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Even though I was a college history major, Ft. McHenry was not a major entry in our texts. The fort museum does an excellent job instructing history buffs as well as novices on the historical significance of Baltimore in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, & Civil War. I LOVED how they displayed our flag at the close of the... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Fort McHenry isn't on the Inner Harbor. It's a little peninsula off the Inner Harbor. I would not walk there because it's like way out there. Thankfully they have the Water Taxi (their last shuttle for the fort leaves Harborplace at 3 PM) and the Charm City Circulator (they have a route that runs all day to the fort)! It's... More

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Miami, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

come here to learn all about the national anthem and the US flag and how Ft McHenry played a key role in saving the city of Baltimore from the British.this is the location that Francis Scott key had in his sights as a battle raged for its defense as he wrote the Star Spangled banner.See the movie on arrival and... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A great place to relax. Bring a blanket or some chairs and claim a spot next to the water and watch the boats go by. Go on the history tour and see the historic buildings. Fly a kite, throw a ball around, or bring a picnic. If you need a new running route, this is perfect as it is a... More

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