Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore

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The fortress that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner," Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 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 and Historic Shrine on your trip to Baltimore, use our Baltimore trip itinerary builder app.
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  • We enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. Learned a lot about the Battle of 1812 and Francis Scott Key. Highly recommend the short film before you go out to the Fort. 
    We enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. Learned a lot about the Battle of 1812 and Francis Scott Key. Highly recommend the short film before you go out to the Fort.  more »
  • Fort McHenry is a legendary spot in American history as both the site of an important battle that saved Baltimore from the British and the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner. The NPS balances... 
    Fort McHenry is a legendary spot in American history as both the site of an important battle that saved Baltimore from the British and the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner. The NPS balances...  more »
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  • For 15 bucks a person (no discounts for us since we aren't seniors nor military) it is well worth to take a walk around the museum and watch the movie. The outside grounds are free and it was beyond awesome to just see the canons and try to picture what it was like back in time. The information place cards are wonderfully written both inside and outside as you tour. We didn't have a tour guide, maybe next time, for there were school kids there. Definitely take a trip and visit the gift shop. Please support this treasure and ask any questions at the desk- those folks are super friendly and know their knowledge 😊 We got to see the large flag and it was gorgeous just blowing in the wind πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²
  • After making deals with God with semi's on I95, and crossing some railroad tracks you find yourself starring at one of Baltimore's hidden gems. The visitors center was very clean and the staff were incredibly friendly, polite and helpful. The park rangers take real pride in their work and are always willing to talk to guests as they arrive. The views are spectacular. It is a perfect day trip to walk around with the family and dive into history. As the birthplace of our national anthem, it really should not be missed if you plan on visiting the city.

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