Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Travel Guide

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Things to Do

  • Fort McHenry Displays

    Make sure you explore all the buildings and check out all of the displays. They are interesting and educational, especially if you have kids. It was fascinating to see how the fort is constructed. You can almost sense many who remains here from its past.This is one of the most significant events in our history that gave birth to our most beloved...

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  • Fort McHenry Harbor Views

    Not only being one of our most cherished historical places. It has a beautiful view from the fort. As I strolled around on the walkway the wraps around the fort, and if your lucky with a wonderful clear sunny day, you will see a wonderful views. I try to imagine what it might have looked back in its day when their was no buildings or ship yard. It...

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  • Fort McHenry and The Star-Spangled...

    This is one of the most significant events in our history that gave birth to our most beloved National Anthem of the United States of America. A song created by Francis Scott Key that was witness to the battle of Baltimore and how our cherished and beloved flag endure the bombardment by the British on Fort McHenry.The flag that is on display now is...

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  • Every Maryland Schoolchild

    ..does a trip here at some point in their school life. My son came all the way from St. Mary's county - I think he was in the fifth grade. I also have three snapshots (pictures 1, 3 and 4) from an album of my husband's family which were taken before 1955Children under 16 are free, and of course those of us who have Golden Age Passports are free...

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  • Photo Opp

    The fort's brig provided this unusual opportunity for a family photo. Elizabeth and Allison looked so forlorn - don't know if they were tired and hungry, thought we were going to leave them there, or just good actors.

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  • Flag raising and lowering ceremonies

    Flag raising and lowering ceremonies take place several times each day, and visitors are invited to take place in the process of folding the flag - an exact sized replica of that flown over the fort in 1814. My family was all amazed at how big the banner is, and after this eager to see the real thing on display at the Smithsonian Institute in...

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  • The fort grounds

    The grounds and battlements of this star-shaped fort were more spacious than I had expected.Originally known as Fort Whetstone because it was built on Whetstone Point overlooking the Patapsco River, dates to 1776. It was renamed after James McHenry, Secretary of War under President George Washington. The fort served as a prisoner of war camp during...

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  • Visitors' Center

    By all means, see the film in the visitors' center before journeying into the fort. This stirring movie is the most memorable one I have ever seen at any interpretive center, and leaves patriotic Americans with goose bumps.As a musician and former US Air Force bandsman, I have performed the "Star-spangled Banner" thousands of times, but never did...

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  • Personal Inspection

    If the colonials failed to satisfy your curiosity regarding colonial soldiers and their way of life, a look into their living quarters, kitchens and magazines might help to explain how stark a soldier's life could be.

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Transportation

  • Water Taxi

    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...

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  • Baltimore Water Taxi's

    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...

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  • Ask a Fort Guard How Things Were

    Like Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga, the park service at Fort McHenry attires some of their staff in period costume in order to better look the role of fort guard when answering questions on the park and its history, and also what life might have been like in the early 19th century. Though busy with throngs of international and domestic visitors,...

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  • The Star Fort from the Perimeter

    Fort McHenry is but a small fraction of the grounds for this national monument and historic shrine. You can walk a considerable distance along the perimeter at the edge of Chesapeake Bay before ever winding toward the star fort, whose guns are visible from almost every point on the compass. Be aware though that in the summer the mosquitoes and...

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  • Colossal Usher

    About the first thing to greet you when entering the grounds is this incongruous Greek colossus. Unless you're 15-feet tall, there is virtually no way to incorporate this seemingly misplaced statue into a photo with the star fort several hundred feet beyond. On overcast days such as I had, your photo will likely be no better than this kind of...

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