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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 158 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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Mount Airy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I took a trip here with my 3 kids. It was easy to get to. You do have to take 695 and 95, but if you time it around rush hours it is fine. It was easy to get back to highway when leaving. I can't say the same thing for everything in Baltimore! Staff was really nice. Film had... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I love historical sites. We were there the day after the 4th and that was the day they did their monthly (apparently) special tattoo at shortly before sundown. It was very entertaining.

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Fallston, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Fort McHenry's presence can be seen as one travels through the city of Baltimore, without realizing this monument of the history of our country is purely an essential staple. When walking the grounds of the Fort, one feels a sense of strength and true patriotism. The guides at the Fort make realtime connections to the historical stories which keep this... More

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The weather was ideal for a trip out to Fort McHenry during the bicentennial year of the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. We took the self-guided tour and were thoroughly impressed with the exhibits inside each of the fort's buildings. We didn't expect much to be in the buildings at all. Definitely view the video before heading up the head... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As a college student, I visited the fort on Thanksgiving break. It was a wonderful place to walk and take in America's iconic history. The water and bridge are beautiful from this vantage point. Young children probably would not appreciate this site, but as a young adult I was delighted to walk these grounds.

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Alamo Heights, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The fort is fantastic with great views of the harbor. But the history here is truly something. Had it not been for this fort, we may well have lost the War of 1812. The story of the Star Spangled Banner being written about a battle here are terrific.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I'm a history buff, so I found this to be a great experience, but I think that anyone with even a passing interest in history will also find this to be a worthwhile trip. Fort McHenry was the site of a decisive American victory over the British during the oft-forgotten War of 1812, and this victory became the inspiration for... More

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Madison County, IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great history, very good reenactments and the facilities are what you would expect with big federal dollars in a big city. They have a great trail and lots of room for the kids to act like animals. I can get to be a little redundant, they tell the story 5 different ways, but it is all good stuff and takes... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We arrived and attended the brief video of the history of Fort McHenry. The well maintained grounds and the NPS guides gave small groups informational reviews - they did not mind having others join the group. We were there for the 'changing of the flag' - very respectful and tourists were participants in the process. Teens and younger kids seemed... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I've been to Fort McHenry several times in my lifetime and it's a place I venture to often when I come to Baltimore. From the birth of our National Anthem to its importance in the War of 1812 the fort is an awesome experience. During our most recent visit, there were re-enactors that provided accurate historical portrayals. The fort structures... More

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