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Fort McHenry National Monument

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Address: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
Phone Number: 410-962-4290
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national...
Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.
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A greaty place to be during the Baltimore riots

I wasn't familiar with Fort McHenry being so close to Baltimore but had some time my last day in town to visit the historical site. I was able to help the park ranger exchange... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Lewisville, Texas
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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I wasn't familiar with Fort McHenry being so close to Baltimore but had some time my last day in town to visit the historical site. I was able to help the park ranger exchange flags before the facility was closed. When you stand on the ramparts and look out into the bay you realize what the American forces were seeing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was the learning part of a family trip to Baltimore. Overall worked out great for the family. Enough room for kids to roam freely without being cooped up by velvet ropes but with some learning sprinkled in - without being too pushy. Visitors center was a bit cramped and the line to purchase tickets kept getting in the way... More 

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Oxford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful day to visit the fort. Neat history of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Nice view of the harbor.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We took a tour of Fort McHenry while we were in town for the weekend. If you're over 65 you can get a lifetime pass for 4 people to any national park for only $10. How can you beat that? We purchased one and spent the next few hours soaking up the history of the fort and its defenders. The... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

You are never to old to learn! What a great place to see and visit. Wow! Our family left with such a appreciation for Fort McHenry! This was not originally on our list of things to do but I am so glad we made the visit!

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Take the Water Taxi to see where our National Anthem was written. The tour will take 1-2 hours, and is $7/person, well worth it. See the orientation before you begin.

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Scottsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is an attraction you must see while visiting Baltimore. For two people the price is only $14.00. The visitors center plays a short film about Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key and how our National Anthem was born. You can also see the original Star Spangled Banner as it was initially written. I would recommend watching the short film, Once... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Took some out of town guests and our family (kids from 6-11) to Fort McHenry. Even though the movie screen was under repair, we were still able to watch the film. The rangers on site were very informative. We happened to have picked a gorgeous weather day, so the whole experience was great. Even as a local person, this was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Inspiring visit. Everything was top-notch - from the movie and display in the visitor's center to the information provided by the rangers at the fort. We bought a flag in the gift center and were able to have our flafg flown over the fort. We left for lunch and then came back to walk the trails at the fort. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The rangers were so helpful and had so much more information to add. We loved the history and it was emotional if you stepped yourself back in time. I would definitely suggest the youngsters at least watch the video and visit.

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