Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Type: Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military, Museums, Sightseeing



Map / Directions 10Best Says

Things to Do with Kids: Don't let the 3 seconds your history teacher spent on the War of 1812 color your decision about Ft. McHenry. The continued war against England was complicated and doesn't lend itself to an easy...  Read More
Best Attractions & Activities: Don't let the 3 seconds your history teacher spent on the War of 1812 color your decision about Ft. McHenry. The continue war against England was complicated and doesn't lend itself to an easy...  Read More
Free Things to Do: Built on a peninsula, the star-shaped Fort McHenry has played role across American history. It served as a prison in the Civil War and a hospital during World War I. However, it is most notable for...  Read More
Historic Sites: This patriotic attraction is best known for its role in the writing of our national anthem – Francis Scott Key watched the flag wave above this fort during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore and was moved...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Daily 8am-4:45pm Hours May Vary Seasonally

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • 7 Day Pass Adult (16+) $7; Child (15 and under) Free

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  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The ultimate activity for kids is appreciable on many levels, provides learning and fun in a beautiful setting: the real setting.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is where it all began, again. 1814's Battle of Baltimore allowed us to reclaim our nation.

  • Free Things to Do: "Take the Charm City Circulator Banner Route from the Inner Harbor to the Fort. It's quick and free and you don't have to worry about moving your car."
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: While there is a fee to tour the interior of Fort McHenry, it is free to explore the grounds and various monuments commemorating its history.

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