Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore

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The fortress that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner," Fort McHenry National Monument displays artifacts from all the wars fought near its walls. Soldiers at the fort successfully defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The fort was used in military operations until World War II, acting an army hospital in World War I and as a Coast Guard base in World War II. You can reach the military establishment by water taxi from Inner Harbor in the center of Baltimore. Historical reenactments of the siege of 1812 and other periods take place regularly. To visit Fort McHenry National Monument on your trip to Baltimore, use our Baltimore trip itinerary builder app .
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  • Wonderful time at the museum and grounds. It is well presented by National Park Service personnel with a film, timeline display, and many buildings to tour. You get a beautiful view of the Baltimore H...  more »
  • I went here years ago when I was in junior high and decided to go back again. I was not sad that I did. We braved a cold February day and got there when the park opened, which gave us enough time to s...  more »
  • It is like stepping back in history! The fort is very well maintained. They have bike paths that go around the fort. It is a great place to spend time with the family and learn about the history of ho...  more »
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