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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Historic Site, History Museum, and National Park
Fort McHenry, Baltimore
  • Pam M.
    "War of 1812 & Francis Scott Key"(5 Tips)
    Mike B.
    "Make sure you watch the film at the visitors center first."(4 Tips)
    Erik C.
    "original cannons"(3 Tips)
    "If you're confused, ask a park ranger or visit"(3 Tips)
61 Tips and reviews
  • francis scott key
  • scenic views
  • cannon
  • visitor center
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  • Adrian C.
    Adrian CotterApril 27, 2017
    Only open 9-5. No early morning views :(
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy ThompsonMarch 11, 2017
    Nice view. It was a lovely time until obnoxious teenagers screaming about the smell of another teenagers private parts ruined the day.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FrantzJuly 6, 2016
    Best experienced with a free tour guide.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BrynerApril 26, 2016
    Great place to take the kids for a history lesson.
  • Tabitha H.
    Tabitha HooperMarch 16, 2016
    Scenic views and historic landmark.
  • Melanie Z.
    Melanie ZuckerDecember 16, 2015
    Gorgeous view of the water and an informative, engaging exhibit on the War of 1812
  • John H.
    John HankusOctober 10, 2015
    Really cool fort. See its history as a fort throughout the last 200 plus years. See the actors in theme giving out canon demonstrations and more. Make sure you take a look at the harbor from the walls
    Upvoted Dec 19, 2017
  • Erik H.
    Erik HummelMay 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Public restroom in the visitor center.
  • Catia D.
    Catia DaSilvaMay 30, 2015
    Nice to go and listen the park ranger tell you the stories. It beautiful landmar. Great view of Baltimore and the battlefield. Amazing movies at the center about the soldiers
  • Margaret
    MargaretJanuary 11, 2015
    Presentation lacked since sound system wasn't working otherwise beautiful.
  • Doraly P.
    Doraly PantaleonSeptember 28, 2014
    It's umm interesting, nice view of the water
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerSeptember 15, 2014
    The National Park Service has done a great job preserving this Fort. Make sure you watch the film at the visitors center first.
  • Pam M.
    Pam MillerAugust 21, 2014
    Historic fun. Learn about the War of 1812 & Francis Scott Key: Singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the O's game might mean a little more afterwards. Great for a run, dog-walk, or watching the water.
    Upvoted Dec 19, 2017
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew Van AlstenAugust 13, 2014
    If you don't want to pay (and don't mind not seeing the inside of the fort), you can walk the perimeter paths of the park for free. Takes you around the fort for some nice scenic views of the harbor.
  • Rick G.
    Rick G.August 9, 2014
    You must stay until they take the big flag down so that you can help with that!
  • Catherine S.
    Catherine StarrMay 19, 2014
    Plan more than the recommended time if you want to read everything.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BarnsteinMay 16, 2014
    The birthplace of our national anthem. If it wasn't for Fort McHenry, we would have no national anthem.
  • Marsha P.
    Marsha PillingMay 5, 2014
    See the Fort.
  • Marsha P.
    Marsha PillingMay 5, 2014
    See the Fort it's awesome
  • Chris G.
    Chris GiegerApril 28, 2014
    Stand in the center of the theater during the movie. You'll have the best view for the dramatic ending.
  • Anju B.
    Anju BiswasMarch 19, 2014
    Great historic place! The short movie shown at the beginning is awesome.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MeagherFebruary 23, 2014
    The place that Francis Scott Key saw "by the rockets' red glare" and wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner".
    Upvoted Dec 19, 2017
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas S.December 7, 2013
    Awesome!!! Preserving history. Very informative narrative. Well worth the visit.
  • Edward C.
    Edward CaffreySeptember 13, 2013
    I had a nice time talking to fellow walkers and park rangers. Walked twice around in forty five minutes. Disabled Americans can visit park for free.
  • wenny l.
    wenny loSeptember 4, 2013
    the video is the best. must watch.
  • Ary O.
    Ary OteroJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great people here can't wait to return, bring water in the summer it gets hot
  • Patti M.
    Patti McCormickJune 8, 2013
    It may say $7 but it's FREE to walk around the trail :)
  • Mindy V.
    Mindy VMay 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Summer of 2013, the gates will close every day at 18:00.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FosterMay 25, 2013
    Don't ask questions when 20 ppl are behind you in line. If you do, you deserve a billion paper cuts.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MillerOctober 20, 2012
    . Many stories of ghosts and ghostly activity include: a shadowy figure marching along the parapets, an evil spirit in the hallway leading to the bathrooms, floating or moving furniture
  • Deborah C.
    Deborah CoganOctober 9, 2012
    Ranger Vince is the best. He is the most animated, entertaining and fun tour guide.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunSeptember 20, 2012
    See the place where Francis Scott Key was inspired him to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." There are also good spots for picnicking and great views of the water. Read more:
  • Chris S.
    Chris SlatterySeptember 6, 2012
    Read about Francis Scott Key in the exhibit. He owned slaves, but released most. He despised Abolitionists, and called for slaves to be re-established in Africa. His grandson was imprisoned at the Ft.
  • Wayne
    WayneAugust 31, 2012
    AMERICA! F*%# YAH!
  • dawn b.
    dawn brickerAugust 24, 2012
    Check out the movie, it's worth it. Also the noon flag ceremony is nice to have the kids participate
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 29, 2012
    This was an amazing untouched fort The original American flag was hung here. They have the grounds open can go to the barracks where the soldiers live and the original cannons It's 7$ entry
  • Sean W.
    Sean WellsJuly 11, 2012
    Check out the short movie in the Visitors Center. It'll move you.
  • US National Archives
    Check out this picture depicting President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford wave arm in arm to the crowd during the 1975 Independence Day ceremonies at Fort McHenry. Read more
  • Becca Lynn C.
    Becca Lynn CarterJuly 8, 2012
    My son uses his pirate ship from Legos in the bath tub and reinacts the battle. He would go to the fort every day if I could afford it.
  • Leslie K.
    Leslie KonMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to run a few laps.
  • Patti S.
    Patti SchwensenFebruary 23, 2012
    Come at 4:20 to help lower and then fold the 15 star/15 stripe US flag!!
  • Maryland
    MarylandJanuary 27, 2012
    Count the number of stars and strips on the flag. If you're confused, ask a park ranger or visit for more information!
  • Baltimore Maryland M.
    While it was a key site of the Battle of Baltimore, it's now the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the water. Bring some lunch. Grab a book.
  • Chef Scott A.
    Chef Scott AndersonOctober 1, 2011
    See the new 1812 exhibition
  • Baltimore
    BaltimoreSeptember 21, 2011
    Voted 2nd Best Local Landmark by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DimetroAugust 25, 2011
    Had a great time walking around taking in the history and seeing the artifacts.
  • Baltimore Maryland
    Baltimore MarylandAugust 15, 2011
    Fireworks over the Fort. They have them several times a year and they are always spectacular. Flag Day and Defenders' Day are among the best.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunJuly 20, 2011
    What Qing Li loves about Baltimore: "When you get to the top of the ravelin wall, which is outside of the fort walls ... it's a clear view out to the water without all the cannons." Read more
  • Amnesty International B.
    Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    After the bombardment of 1814, Fort McHenry never again came under attack, but continued to house troops and prisoners through the end of the Civil War. (From Aerial America) Read more
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