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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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  • Open space to tour. Great for kids because they can scamper around and play "fort". Bring a picnic lunch if you like. I believe there's a small grilling area. Nice view of bay and harbor from there. D...  more »
  • Visited with two of my grandchildren-- age 7 & 5. Senior discounted admission and children no cost. Many interactive video's ; one exhibit had a volunteer dress in " uniform of the era". Very clean an...  more »
  • Let the presence of our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner written at Fort McHenry by Francis Scott Key fill your your soul as you gaze upon the harbor and hear his words, "And the rocket’s red...  more »