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Phoenix Shot Tower

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Address: 801 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone Number: 410-837-5424
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Great guided tour.

We visited on a beautiful Sunday. We briefly toured the Carroll Mansion first (where you pay and tell them you want the Shot Tower tour). Carroll Mansion is nice, interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2015
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United States
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457 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We visited on a beautiful Sunday. We briefly toured the Carroll Mansion first (where you pay and tell them you want the Shot Tower tour). Carroll Mansion is nice, interesting artwork, but not too much to see otherwise. Carroll Mansion oversees the Mansion, Shot Tower, and a few other historic sites in the area. Our guide was so knowledgeable, he... More 

Thank 1AnnieEliza
Baltimore, Maryland
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370 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Also known as The Old Baltimore Shot Tower, the tower was built in 1828 and is 215 + feet tall. The cornerstone was set by Maryland Patriot Charles Carroll of Carrollton. It is entirely made of 1.1 million bricks. It was the tallest building in the US until 1846. Annually, 2.5 million pounds of “drop” shot, used for small game... More 

Thank Maggi713
York, Pennsylvania
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150 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The shot tower is difficult to rank because there are pros and cons. First the pros. It is a very historic building that must be toured by any history buff. The tour guide did a great job in telling the history of the tower; both its time as a shot tower and after. Pictures were around the room showing the... More 

Thank Justin W
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211 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

You can't miss the Old Baltimore Shot Tower. It's one of the must see sites & a great piece of Baltimore history.

Thank Shawnwaskey
West Windsor Township, New Jersey
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Phoenix Shot Tower is a testament to Baltimore's history, surrounded by modern buildings in a less-touristy part of town, between Johns Hopkins and Little Italy. It is a very tall, very thin, brick tower, where, according to the placard by it, rifle shot was produced. Unfortunately, it is currently not open for viewing or tours, so you can only... More 

3 Thank suzieqmom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I toured the Shot Tower and Carroll Mansion on Sunday afternoon. Matt was my tour guide and he is an extremely knowledgable historian who peppers his descriptions with the funniest turn of a phrase. My cousin, who is a life long Baltimore resident and a true history buff, engaged Matt in a fascinating conversation covering the architecture, chemistry, politics, etc... More 

1 Thank EVP
Gurnee, Illinois
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174 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

One of the other memorable sights on our walk was this very tall tower. It's where rifle shot was produced - lead was dropped at the top of the tower, and as it fell into water at the bottom of the tower, it would be perfectly round to work in the rifle. From what we could see, there were no... More 

Thank PinkFloydActuary
Hammonton , N.J.
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The fact that they do not give tours anymore was not good. You have to read about its function through the years...

Thank fleasy
Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I go to the main postal station in the city, located at the Shot Tower/Market Place Metro Subway station. The tower's billboards were damaged by angry residents who witnessed the re-election of President Barack Obama, and the barriers posts were uplifted and cast on to the sidewalks near this attraction. Future progress will make this destination even MORE spectacular.

Thank Shawn S
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Very interesting tour about a tower that people pass every day. Knowledgeable staff member makes it exciting.


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