I have always driven to Fort McHenry since I have lived nearby. The roads have signs leading you there from I-95, but it is not the best part of town and seems to be run-down. Don’t let this deter you and keep on Fort Street until you reach the end, which is the fort itself.
Many visitors to Baltimore enjoy visiting the fort by using one of the many water taxis. Indeed, if you are interested in a nice outing and a visit to the fort, I would recommend this method of transportation from downtown Baltimore since public transportation to the fort is not easy (only the buses go near the fort – not the light rail).
In the summer (May to September) you can get a water taxi from the Baltimore Harbor area to Ft. Mc Henry. This is a really fun and interesting way to see the Fort almost as it would have been seen by Francis Scott Key. The Fort McHenry water taxi departs from Fells Point Landing 11 during the Fort McHenry open hours. You must board the Fort McHenry route at Landing 11 no later than 3:00PM in order to give you time at the Fort. The LAST boat leaves the Fort at 5:00PM, daily.
You may not park at Fort McHenry and board a Water Taxi.
Pay on board the boat and receive a hand stamp good for all day. Tickets are cash only. Adult tickets receive a "letter of marque" (a.k.a a brochure of about two dozen coupons).
An all-day pass is:
* $9 for adults
* $4 for kids 10 and under
This is a wonderful way to travel if you want to see all of the Baltimore Inner Harbors attractions. It takes you or picks you up at various landings all over the harbor.
Inside Route: Inner Basin Landings 1- Aquarium, 2 - Harbor Place, 3- Science Center, 4 - Rusty Scupper, 7 - Harbor East. Transfer at Harbor East for Inside & Express Routes.
Express Route: Back and forth between Landing 7 - Harbor East and Landing 11 - Fells Point. It also stops at Landing 8 - Maritime Park (during museum hours only) and Landing 10 - Tide Point (please call for pick up) Transfer at Fells Point for Express and Far East/Fort McHenry Routes.
Far East and Fort McHenry Route:
Landings 16 - Canton, 14 - Captain James and 17 - Fort McHenry
(Fort McHenry in season only)
New in 2009 “Seafarer’s Walk" between Harbor East and Fells Point
All Day Unlimited Ticket Price:
(Cash or check onboard or charge at the Visitor Center)
$9.00 for Adults • $4.00 for kids 10 and under
Service to Fort McHenry runs April through September 2009.
Very fun and relaxing tp just cruise the harbor and take in the wonderful weather. Great picture taking opportunities too!
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