Fort McHenry National Monument And Historic Shrine
Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine should begin at the Visitor Center. A short 10-minute orientation film is shown two times per hour: on the hour and half-past the hour throughout the day. Restrooms, exhibits and a gift shop are also located in the building.
Plan to spend about one hour touring the fort - all self-guided. An entire visit usually requires two hours.
Fort McHenry is an awesome experience for all the family. In the main building, where you get the tickets, they had a film that they showed every thirty minutes. It was very well done and very touching. It told the important role of Fort McHenry in America's history. At the fort, the wind struck up now and then, rather consistently, which was wonderful, especially when the sun shone intensely. I loved that people were actually dressed in the time period and gave you the feeling of army life. Every once and a while, soldiers drilled, a drummer played and a flutist whistled. A group of girls sewed and washed clothes outside of the fort under a tent. Fort McHenry is a must-see attraction.
Great historical destination when out-of-town family come to visit. Lovely park next to the water and the fort is fun to explore. Staff dressed in period costumes are on site. Don't miss the introduction video when you first walk into the visitor's center. No food or drink sold except vending machines (which take credit cards at least). And go on a cooler or overcast day. There is little shade in the fort and it gets hot. On the water taxi route but you can not originate at the Fort stop.
I am working as a wedding and engagement photographer for a long time and I just love to have a photo shoot at Fort McHenry National Monument. I will be honest I just love to have photo sessions in that kind of extraordinary places. Beautiful surroundings are the biggest inspiration for me. I truly recommend to visit this special place. Fresh air, amazing nature, beautiful, breathtaking views.
Great park. $10 per adult seems steep but can come back for 7 days. Bring a picnic! The movie in the visitors center is a must. Great ending! Great for out-of-town guests.
We love national parks, and this is a nice one. Museum is great at explaining the time period and what has happened at the fort in the past 200 years. If you like Junior ranger programs, this one is good. Areas are closed off sometimes, and being right by the water, it can be very cold.