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“History With a Hidden Price Tag”

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.
Providence, Rhode Island
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“History With a Hidden Price Tag”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

We visited the monument during the summer and we came in by the water taxi dock. One of the people that we were visiting with was sore so we went off without her. We went into the forts and looked around and even got to see some of the cannons that would shoot out into the bay. One thing I did learn however is that there is an admission fee to see the monument. Unaware of this we quickly finished our tour and headed for the dock as there were security guards walking the grounds. I can guarantee you that there probably is some fine if you don't pay but we were never caught. It really is something to behold if you are a history freak but I am not so I thought it was pretty cool anyways.

Visited August 2013
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Klickitat, Washington
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“Real History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stumbled on this very cool place in our history while looking on the way wrong side of the Inner Harbor and the hoped for Aquarium. The tour was more than worthwhile - we were wandering about the Fort and poking our noses in some of the old barracks when a very charismatic summer seasonal employee who was a graduate level history major gathered up a group and gave an excellent lesson on the real history rather than the blown out of proportion inaccurate version of piled bodies, and heroic sacrifice. Of course all who were there would be heroes to me! It was easy to visualize where the British ships were and how Fort McHenry was able to hold them at Bay (pun intended). The hardest part was realizing that Fort McHenry was quite separate from Baltimore at that time. Go visit this well run National Park Service monument and get all the detail that I probably have twisted here.

Great to tie it in with the Aquarium, headquarters of Underarmor, and down to Washington DC and the Smithsonian!!

Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“A must for your visit to Baltimore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The new presentation, before you walk around the grounds, is an absolute must!!! I do not want to spoil it...only lasts about ten minutes...but you don't want to miss this!

Visited December 2013
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“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.
Please note if you find this review useful in your planning.

Visited November 2013
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