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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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Dublin VA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

To stand at the fort where the British were turned back and the inspirational Star Spangled Banner was born was an honor. We spent some time speaking with a Park Ranger named Scott who had obviously seriously studied the history surrounding us, and his insight added a great deal to our visit. There is a lot to be learned here.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Even though Fort McHenry is small and out in the open it holds a very important place in American history. Something that most probably dont fully understand, and its in my back yard, so to speak. We visited on 8/17/2014, during the Star Spangled 200 celebration. The fort has had many uses other than the birth of the National Anthem... More

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We recently visited fort mchenry and were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed ourselves. The tour guides were knowledgeable, interactive, clear, and interesting. This is the place where the Star-Spangled Banner was inspired and composed and also played a big part in the war of 1812 against Britain. If you have an interest in history, or are just looking for... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Don't miss going through the visitor pavilion when you visit Baltimore. It will bring out the patriotism in your heart.

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Stowe, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Fort McHenry is known for the Battle of 1812 when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. The fort itself is maintained well and there are plenty of knowledgeable ranger tour guides. It's also a lovely place to have a picnic or go for a run. Sits right on the water.

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Hawaii
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The visit to Fort McHenry was a great experience for me and my family. The visitor center had a great introductory film describing the events that inspired Francis Scott Key to composing the Star Spangled Banner. From the visitor center there is short uphill walk to the fort itself. First time visitors may be surprised as to how small the... More

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Hamburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Truly enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. The movie at the visitor center was excellent. The museum area had great displays and great views. The fort itself was actually smaller than I expected, but well maintained, with interesting exhibits. The best part was assisting in raising the flag. I loved the fact they invited everyone to help. Considering the significance... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Fort McHenry is a nice little national landmark to visit. It isn't huge, but it is full of history. Few people today realize how important the Battle of Baltimore was in the War of 1812. Because Baltimore withstood the crushing British attack and did not give up, the British began to reconsider what they were doing, and the war began... More

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Indiana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This really is a beautiful place. Spend an hour or so to walk around and check out the buildings. We watched the cannons fire which was cool. They were also explaining how clothes were washed. I was able to try on some 1800 period clothes which was fun. If you are 62 or older for 10.00 you can get a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

Spend a few hours or the entire day . The self paced nature of this site allows you to spend as many or as little time as you like. Adults will appreciate what the soldiers endured during the bombardment made famous in our National Anthem. Children will enjoy exploring the fort and can burn off some of their excess energy... More

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