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Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
410-962-4290
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Ranked #4 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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Warren County, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We spent the whole day. Fantastic historic site. Educational and fun experience for adults and children. We watched the movie and explored the museum. They have a nice junior ranger program which took about two hours to finish. Watched re-enactment of the canon firing, participated in the flag program. Walked around the fort. Great views of the Baltimore harbor/water front.

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Boonton, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting Baltimore and love American history, then this is the place for you. Fort McHenry is a fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay September 13–14, 1814. It was during the bombardment of the fort that Francis... More

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Romney, West Virginia, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful day when we visited. The grounds are well kept and the exhibits are informative. They have events going on but they are not good at informing you when you arrive. A great place to visit, but I would recommend that you ask for all their information about events when you pay because we were not informed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Our family tries to visit national parks when ever we can. We enjoy the history of our wonderful country. Fort McHenry was a great place. Upon arriving there is a short video explaining the events that led up to writing of our now national anthem. This is the bicentennial of the writing of our national anthem. There are plenty of... More

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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We took the water taxi from Fells Point over to Ft. McHenry. It is a beautiful setting and offered both an informative 15 minute movie as well as a guide who knew her "stuff." We felt patriotic and informed by the entire experience. Don't miss it if you're visiting Baltimore. They are preparing for the largest ever fireworks show on... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Liked being able to walk around at own pace to see the area. Like that there is a paved walking trail around the fort. Great view of the harbor. Places to sit along the trail. Great gift shop!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Had a lot of restorations, to much didn’t seem to be original, but for the recreation of what it might look like at that time, was good. Be there at 1730 when the rangers do the lowering of Old Glory, it was a nice trip.

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Marietta, Georgia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Yes, this is the exact place where a small Fort held off the pride of the British Fleet. The British also landed a 12,000 man army to do an end run on the fort and on Baltimore which they intended to burn as they just did to Washington DC. But, Americans do what Americans do best - when the going... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Not terribly much to it, no one to offer info. Some politicians were having a private shindig and that seemed more important than the tour.

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munich
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Ft. McHenry is so important in American history, and the way it is set up, with the attractions like shooting off cannons, the guards, etc., gives you a great impression of that famous battle. Great place for picnic under the trees and watching the ships go in and out of the harbor.

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