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“Oh say can you see!!”

Fort McHenry National Monument
Ranked #2 of 226 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.
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Oh say can you see!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

What a delight, getting to all about the star spangled Banner, the end of the war of 1812, with a fantastic view of the Inner Harbour. We arrived early and actively participated in the morning flag raising. A great value since I had a Senior Pass.

Visited December 2013
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“One of the best historical sites and museums”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Another incredibly well-operated (thank you National Park Service) historical monument that was a very good way to spend an afternoon.
Had seen the restored original of the Stars and Stripes that flew over Ft McHenry while visiting the Smithsonian exhibition a few months previously, so seeing Ft McHenry was a natural follow-on.
Good idea to start off in the educational center portion as you'll get to see plenty. Take a break from that to sit and watch the video that is shown throughout the day.
We walked throughout the fort, following the perimeter and visiting each of the buildings, many with elaborate displays / videos, etc. Two of the videos that would take the time to go through are the one that describes the sequence of battles, and a slide show that detailed the important role the base provided as a hospital during WWI [not to forget the 1918 influenza pandemic] and after (different buildings). The exhibits and displays also provided interesting explanations of archeological and restoration activities that have changed our understanding of what was at the base before, when, how construction changed, etc.
There are also various bunkers and gun emplacements to walk about and explore.
Would come here to walk the grounds as long as the rain was anything short of a northeaster.
Was fortunate that the previous, and wasteful, government shutdown that cost the nations tens of billions in financial damage was over as understand they were closed then.
Would come here again in a couple of years after additional work is done on some of the buildings.
Enjoy.
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Visited November 2013
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Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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“Enjoy History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Toured this attraction in Dec 2013 for the second time, and found it even more worthwhile. The museum gives a great synopsis of the history of the fort and the birth of the song The Star Spangled Banner pictorially and verbally, with animations of the entire battle given by the park rangers. It is fascinating to then walk the well kept grounds of the fort imagining being a part of all that transpired on those grounds that virtually saved Baltimore. Especially wonderful for children in the 8 to 15 range.

Visited December 2013
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“Must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

I'm so glad I was able to convince my friends to stop by on our way to New York. I won't spoil it, but the show in the museum is truly moving especially if you enjoy history. It's only seven dollars and totally worth your time.

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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“Historic Baltimore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

A wonderful day trip. The park itself offers a tour / film of the Fort with all of the US history. The grounds are beautiful and depending on the time of your visit you can see beautiful trees in full bloom. There is a footpath loop around the perimeter of the park that gives you a large view of the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore. Several nice eateries and other sites to see are within a short driving distance. I love to go to the downtown farmer's market on Sunday, grab some grub and drive over to the Fort to eat and watch the water and boats. Nice.

Visited June 2013
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