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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. Put Fort McHenry National Monument into our Baltimore vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Baltimore.
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  • What more perfect way to spend Flag Day .The mere history, the exihibits . The view of the harbor is beautiful!! Most impressive is the Extremley knowedgable rangers, coundn't have been more kind or h...  more »
  • Besides the stirring story of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, a visit to the fort encompasses Civil War history and the very important use of the fort as a massive hospital during the First W...  more »
  • This is a hidden place with spectacular vue. Easy to get lost but the fort itself, by its location is a reminder how Baltimore, once considered a nest of pirates and outlaws was abble to fend off atta...  more »
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  • It was a great experience for us. The guide was very enthusiastic and informative. He was quite inclusive of my daughter and captured her interest. And the fort itself was just beautiful. Great photo opportunities.
  • Great place to visit with your family. The visitor center is fantastic place to learn about the history of Fort McHenry. After the visitor center, you can spend hours exploring around the fort. If you are there about an hour before the park close, you can participate in Flag Change activities.
  • If you enjoy history, then this is a can't miss. It's clean, well staffed, has a good opening presentation, and plenty of space to wander around and explore the area. Before or after touring the grounds, you could even have a picnic or just enjoy the view of the bay. It's not the easiest to find, but if you follow the signs or your GPS you should arrive without issue. There are some resturants on the way in and out if you'd rather go that route. It's good enough I'd take the time to make another stop in the future when in the area.
  • I was surprised at how much my family enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. The grounds were beautiful and the story was inspiring. This was an important moment in American history and this monument does a great job at showing you what happened here. There is a fee if you want to enter the Fort itself, but you can visit the grounds for free. This should be a stop on anyone's visit to the Capital. It is only an hours drive from DC.
  • Wow! Amazing War of 1812 history hear. It was so much fun to imagine guns here defending Baltimore harbor. The NPS has great tour guides and the signs are very informative.