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“Great Perspective”

Fort McHenry National Monument
Ranked #2 of 245 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 April 22, 2014

Fort McHenry was one of the reasons my family decided to go to Baltimore. After all, we know that it's the site with the rockets red glare. The best part, though, was getting all the historical perspective around the attack on Fort McHenry, the reasons for the War of 1812, and the feel for what the stakes were. It's not just about a poem or a song. It's about these guys who were battling around the clock to hold off an entire fleet from a pretty tiny fort on a spit of land to save a major port city from being burned to the ground. I wish we had more time to walk around the grounds. Don't leave it for the end of the day.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

First time visiting here and this is a definitely see for any American who visits Baltimore. The fort is rebuilt and has many rooms that you can go into and step back to the 1800's. The cannons still function and they shot one while we were there, Wow! The storyboards bring it all to life and put it into perspective. This was a historic battle and turning point soon after Washington DC fell and was burned. Shows the resiliency of the American spirit and why our great country will never be invaded or taken over! 2014 is the 200th anniversary of this epic battle and there will be a lot of attention and additional exhibits/entertainment throughout the summer wrapping up in September. I don't think I'll brave the huge crowds expected, but would be great to see the British Navy in the harbor and the US Navy and Army standing with their guns at the ready! The entrance fee is well worth the money for history and non-history buffs, $7 per person helps keep these kinds of places open and refurbished. Those who complain are the same people who complain about taxes too, you can't have all of these great historic landmarks for nothing! Pick a sunny day, pack a picnic lunch, tour the fort and have a family fun day.

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Reviewed April 19, 2014

If you find yourself near Baltimore, don’t forget to take a day to visit Fort McHenry National Monument by the harbor. The fort and grounds have a fascinating history… and the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner!

Entrance into the fort is $7 per adult; children under 15 are free. You can visit the park without paying the entrance – although you will only have access to the picnic grounds, visitor’s center, gift shop and movie.

Now the area is not Big Rig friendly, so don’t even think about taking your RV! If you are staying in the area you can take the water taxi or drive (but follow directions carefully as there is a great deal of traffic).

For directions and additional information, please visit their website at: http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

1  Thank HS C
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Well kept Monument with excellent information. Stirring. Everyone who lives in or and loves the U.S. should visit.
When the curtain rises over the Fort after the film you will be so proud of the USA.

We took a taxi to this wonderful Monument and could not get back since you can't take the water-taxi to down-town if you didn't take it over.. No one was helpful at the information desk. Cabs did not come. We had to hike to entrance (far if you have mobility problems), then took a Charm circulatory bus that dropped us another 6 blocks from Water Taxi. Have a plan to get home. When I asked for help the park person said, "it is what it is." Not helpful.

1  Thank RubyBook
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Well I took the bootleg tour with my niece. Apparently, you have to pay to see this place when you sign in. We did neither. Saw the exhibit, it was very informative.
Walked up to the fort and walked the wall, came back and the rest of the family was getting hassled for not having so e damn blue sticker.
Unless they're having a reenactment I wouldn't bother.
Or take the bootleg tour.

1  Thank Terry T
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