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Fort McHenry National Monument
Based on 1089 traveler reviews
Oh Say Can You See?
Sep 19, 2014 by: oldenewengland from boston
Great place to visit. Historical significance can't be beat. The film in their visitor center is so moving. And when they raise the screen at the end to look out at the flag waving in the breeze .. it's time for goosebumps and tears!
Sep 19, 2014 by: calverly from Harrogate
A short boat trip from the harbor in Baltimore to Fort McHenry.It was a very good day out to re coup on some interesting moments of History when the invading English fleet failed to overrun the fort and were thwarted by a small enclave of American Solders. You start off by watching a short film about the History of the fort.Then you are free to walk around the fort.A very enjoyable afternoon.
Sep 18, 2014 by: hopeterry from Ocean City, Maryland
Go when it is not busy - so pleasant walking around the area and the movie when you first enter is worth watching as it listening to the ranger talk about some of the little known facts of the history of the fort.
200th Anniversary Day
Sep 18, 2014 by: travelkitty50 from Frederick
We were lucky to visit here during the 200th anniversary celebration of the Fort's successful defense against British colony invaders and there was a lot going on. It was also a nice warm, sunny day with beautiful, blue skies, big puffy clouds, and just a hint of a breeze. A delightful day to spend outdoors. Security was unusually tight that day, with "uniforms" all over the place, from the usual park rangers all the way to a heavily armed TSA agent that I saw driving his golf cart around the edge of the Fort near the water and looking very stern. This weekend there were also many foreign tall ships visiting in the harbor, which we didn't get to visit. Maybe that was the reason for so much police presence. Anyway, the Blue Angels did a demonstration for us along with air rescue demos by other military craft, but the Angels by far stole the show. I tried to get lots of pics of their many super tight formations with my little "idiot proof" camera and I look forward to enlarging them and seeing what I captured. They moved so fast, up to 1000 mph, that if you blinked, you'd miss half of the maneuvers overhead. Of course, the Fort had programs, demonstrations and costumed re-enactors all over too, but the Angels were definitely "last but not least" that day. Also, the Fort suspended their usual $7 admission for the day which was nice.
Sep 17, 2014 by: Christine F from
Went to see the fort but they had an air show that weekend also. Admission was free. Air show was great. If it was just the fort, I am not sure if we would have stayed that long. Not many things to look at compared to other forts.
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