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.
I was surprised at how much my family enjoyed our visit to Fort McHenry. The grounds were beautiful and the story was inspiring. This was an important moment in American history and this monument does a great job at showing you what happened here. There is a fee if you want to enter the Fort itself, but you can visit the grounds for free. This should be a stop on anyone's visit to the Capital. It is only an hours drive from DC.
This is an outstanding 2-3 hour place to visit. Excellent history displays within the fort. Do enter each of the four inside exhibit areas to learn about the way they lived & trained. Extensive grounds to walk around & a good location for pics of the bay or just sit & visit with friends. Definitely do NOT skip the historical movie at the welcome center. I look forward to going back again on my next trip to Baltimore.
It was a really informative experience. The video was well made and the fort itself was well kept and maintained. The surrounding park was peaceful, especially next to the water. Good place to go with the family.
So much more than you would ever expect. Plenty of tours and reenactments. Knowledgeable guides. Authentic displays.
I am British and didn't learn American history at school (obviously!). Visiting Fort McHenry gave me an insight into our shared history. The war of 1812 doesn't really figure in British or European history at all as it was, for us, a side issue to the Napoleonic wars and other major European events of the time, whilst the USA was a young country. I will be recommending a visit to Fort McHenry to all my relatives who are in the Baltimore/Washington area on future vacations.