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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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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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206 reviews 206 reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 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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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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45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I love Fort McHenry! It's beautiful! From the park's grounds, you get a little taste and views of history, industry, urban landscape, and beautiful water views. The park grounds are free, and you can casually walk, jog, or bike around the paved water's edge, or you can pay to access the fort. Both are well worth it. It was here... More

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This national monument has very moving displays of how our Stars and Stripes came to be. From the museum and beautiful film, to the gorgeous Fort McHenry grounds and the wonderful activities,scheduled throughout the day. We watched re-enactors fire a cannon, practice marching and raise and lower the flag -- with a lot of help from us visitors. Very educational,... More

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upstate NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great for family and history buffs -- artifacts for little ones to see and grown-ups to place in perspective to the time.

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Burke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Recently we spent about 4 hours exploring Fort McHenry. We drove from DC and it was about an hour. Easy drive and available parking. The Fort is beautifully well kept. It was fun to see the raising of the flag and the cannon being fired. Each day there are scheduled activities to view and participate in. We enjoyed exploring all... More

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