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“Home of the National Anthem”

Fort McHenry National Monument
Ranked #2 of 234 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 August 16, 2014

Fort McHenry is known for the Battle of 1812 when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. The fort itself is maintained well and there are plenty of knowledgeable ranger tour guides. It's also a lovely place to have a picnic or go for a run. Sits right on the water.

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Reviewed August 16, 2014

The visit to Fort McHenry was a great experience for me and my family. The visitor center had a great introductory film describing the events that inspired Francis Scott Key to composing the Star Spangled Banner. From the visitor center there is short uphill walk to the fort itself. First time visitors may be surprised as to how small the actual structure is but it is well maintained.
There are self-guided and interactive exhibits, guided tours, and scheduled events such as firing of the cannons and fife and drum corps throughout the day.
There is a fee to visit the fort. Parking is free although the lot itself is quite small.

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Reviewed August 16, 2014

Truly enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. The movie at the visitor center was excellent. The museum area had great displays and great views. The fort itself was actually smaller than I expected, but well maintained, with interesting exhibits. The best part was assisting in raising the flag. I loved the fact they invited everyone to help. Considering the significance of the flag at this location it was a memorable experience, at least to me, to be involved in the ceremony.

Thank jpyzek
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Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fort McHenry is a nice little national landmark to visit. It isn't huge, but it is full of history. Few people today realize how important the Battle of Baltimore was in the War of 1812. Because Baltimore withstood the crushing British attack and did not give up, the British began to reconsider what they were doing, and the war began to wind down. Fort McHenry was also where our national anthem was composed by Francis Scott Key. The park is lovely and right on the water. It's a great place to walk or eat your lunch. Free parking. There is a fee to enter the fort itself, but the buildings will transport you back in time. The size of the cannons is impressive too. One of my favorite little things is the map etched into the sidewalk in back of the newly constructed visitor center. It depicts the British attacks all along the Chesapeake Bay between 1812 and 1814. It is actually big enough to walk it as you trace history with your feet.

Thank LouiseQ
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

This really is a beautiful place. Spend an hour or so to walk around and check out the buildings. We watched the cannons fire which was cool. They were also explaining how clothes were washed. I was able to try on some 1800 period clothes which was fun. If you are 62 or older for 10.00 you can get a lifetime park pass.. You and 3 others can get into all national parks free for the rest of your life. Check it out!

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