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 love this place. This is one of the most peaceful and most respectful places i have been. This is a place to come if you want to respect our past and the present freedom. This place represents what we call America. The National Park Service does a great job taking care and maintaining the park. it has paths that go all around and through it and the path borders the Chesapeake Bay at which you can view the Francis Scott Key Bridge, whom comes to mind every time i think of Fort McHenry as a Baltimore native.This is a great place to bring your children to show them what we as Americans fought for over 200 years ago.
This has been my favorite fort since I was a kid. So much history delivered in a way that you actually remember it. It is also very uniquely designed making it iconic in fort construction. The battle that took place her was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's Lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner.
Very moving 10 minute movie to start, and we'll restored fort and exhibits. Even without the historic site this is an awesome green space with paved paths, right on the mouth of the harbor. Entrance fees only apply to visit the fort proper.
As a history buff this is one of the most important places that is often overlooked. It's the place where the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner happened. A place that was literally defended with a giant flag. Most of the place is free to access. The paid area is interesting but if you don't want to spend the money you aren't missing too much. I'm sure the fees go straight to maintainting the place and I think it's cool to get access for a small donation.
Well worth the visit. There is an informative movie that they play at the visitors center, alongside presentations given by rangers. In the actual park itself, there are several buildings that are renovated to look just like it did in the early 1800's, such as a kitchen, dining room for officers, and the sleeping quarters for soldiers. Nice view of the sea as well.