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“Great morning trip!”

Fort McHenry National Monument
Ranked #5 of 247 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.
Reviewed September 27, 2011

We visited the fort on a saturday morning. We took the water taxi over from Fells Point ($10 to ride it all day). It wasn't too crowded.

As others have said, the new visitors center is great! The video you watch there is one of the best i've ever seen at a historical site. It makes you feel very patriotic! I even teared up a little bit I have to admit. We learned a lot about the War of 1812, as well as the National Anthem and the meaning behind it.

The fort isn't too big, so you can walk around and see all of it. Make sure to climb to the top overlooking the Chesapeake - great views and a good photo-taking spot!

We took the water taxi back to Fells Point and had no problems. I've heard if you take the last couple taxis out of the Fort at the end of the day it can be crowded.

All in all I definitely suggest stopping by Fort McHenry, you'll learn alot and have some great pictures!

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Very inspiring – the NPS has done an excellent job presenting and preserving our American heritage. We traveled there via the Water taxi (great deal) for an early afternoon visit. The new visitor center is quite impressive. The exhibit halls are rich in historic details and well designed with interests for all ages. The presentation is quite emotional and patriotic. When the National Anthem was played, It was disappointing to see how many did not stand up, remove hats and show respect. Many of these were school groups with teachers right there. A war veteran spoke up and many did stand up but a shame they had to be told. Suggestion might be a NPS sign to request people to show the respect the flag deserved as the National Anthem is sung. At the end of the program, the curtains go up and the flag is still flying on the horizon. Wonderfully done.
The self guided tour is well documented and informative. Period actors located around the park add character. The Park Rangers were readily available and knowledgeable.
One of the better National Park we have visited. This is a Definitely a Must See if you are anywhere in the area.
NPS Senior Pass –free for both or us - can’t beat the deal!

3  Thank Coco1231
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Take a delightful trip on the water taxi to reach Ft. McHenry. The visitors center has brief and interesting film about the fort with a surprise ending which almost made all of us cry with patriotism. The fort although small is beautifully preserved and the ranger tours are very interesting. It is a perfect spot to spend 1-2 hours during your visit to Baltimore.

1  Thank joetravelerct
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Take the water taxi, and stay as long as you want, watch the movie, it is worth your time, plan on at least 3 hours if you like history, and take your own water, as well as a jacket if it is not summer. Stop by Fell's point on your way back.

2  Thank 321Credible321
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

If you are in the area, you must see Fort McHenry!! A treasure to learn how our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, came to be. It's value priced at $7.00/per person. Well worth it. Stop first at the Visitor's Center to see the introductory film about the Fort. There is a surprise at the end!! Inside the fort, you can go into the buildings and learn more about the daily lives of the soldiers. The very best time to go is later in the afternoon. The last water taxi leaves for the fort at 3:00 p.m. You can also drive there. We got to participate in the experience of lowering the flag, which they do around 4:00 The park ranger was very informative as we helped with this honor.

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