Travel reviews by
Fort McHenry National Monument
Based on 987 traveler reviews
Spent more time than expected.
Jul 31, 2014 by: imacookiemonster from Princeton, New Jersey
I thought we'd be in and out in less than an hour, but we ended up leaving after 2 hours wishing we had more time. And, we even had our 10 & 7 yr. old with us. It was a great history lesson too!
Great time; great view
Jul 31, 2014 by: Amy R from Mount Airy
I took a trip here with my 3 kids. It was easy to get to. You do have to take 695 and 95, but if you time it around rush hours it is fine. It was easy to get back to highway when leaving. I can't say the same thing for everything in Baltimore! Staff was really nice. Film had some great info in a short amount of time. The fort has been maintained well. The view being on the water is great. There is a path to walk along the water, so you could pack a lunch or snack. We went to do the NPS Junior Ranger program. It was a good book with a good amount of work, but it had 3 different levels for different ages. Fee is $7 per adult (over 16) so it is very reasonable compare to other activities. Parking is free.
Jul 30, 2014 by: Dragovon from Las Vegas, Nevada
I love historical sites. We were there the day after the 4th and that was the day they did their monthly (apparently) special tattoo at shortly before sundown. It was very entertaining.
A Little History for All
Jul 30, 2014 by: Star R from Fallston, Maryland
Fort McHenry's presence can be seen as one travels through the city of Baltimore, without realizing this monument of the history of our country is purely an essential staple. When walking the grounds of the Fort, one feels a sense of strength and true patriotism. The guides at the Fort make realtime connections to the historical stories which keep this monumental park alive, daily. When one listens to the journeys of our past soliders and the life which led Frances Scott Key to write our National Anthem, we lose focus of some current issues and take pride in all whom have helped mold our country as we know it today. It is imperative to appreciate the role the Fort played in US History prior to the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner", in addition to taking heed to the molding of our country following that time in 1814. At times, it is difficult to believe that this fort has been a crucial place for the United States for more than 200 years, to date. **As one walks the grounds, there is also a revitalization of wildlife within urban living on the Southern edge of the Fort. Members of the National Aquarium and the workers of Fort McHenry have created a flatbed wetland to increase grassy areas, extend local habitats for organisms, and assist with decreasing runoff within this area of Baltimore City/ County and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Just another hidden gem on the grounds of a national monument to take notice of.
Jul 30, 2014 by: Penlady from Etters, Pennsylvania
The weather was ideal for a trip out to Fort McHenry during the bicentennial year of the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. We took the self-guided tour and were thoroughly impressed with the exhibits inside each of the fort's buildings. We didn't expect much to be in the buildings at all. Definitely view the video before heading up the head to the fort. If you cannot walk distances, this may not be the best place to visit. There is a lot of walking, but the views of the fort and the harbor are spectacular!
Read more reviews on the TripAdvisor page for this attraction.