Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Historic Site, History Museum, National Park
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 962-4290
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm


  • This star shaped fort is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Learn what inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." My 10yo and 5yo daughters really enjoyed walking around the fort.
  • Fireworks over the Fort. They have them several times a year and they are always spectacular. Flag Day and Defenders' Day are among the best.
  • Don't skip the movie! The finale is so cheesy and awesome.
  • After the bombardment of 1814, Fort McHenry never again came under attack, but continued to house troops and prisoners through the end of the Civil War. (From Aerial America)
  • Read about Francis Scott Key in the exhibit. He owned slaves, but released most. He despised Abolitionists, and called for slaves to be re-established in Africa. His grandson was imprisoned at the Ft.
  • Count the number of stars and strips on the flag. If you're confused, ask a park ranger or visit for more information!
  • See the place where Francis Scott Key was inspired him to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." There are also good spots for picnicking and great views of the water. Read more:
  • Check out the short movie in the Visitors Center. It'll move you.
  • Check out this picture depicting President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford wave arm in arm to the crowd during the 1975 Independence Day ceremonies at Fort McHenry.
  • See the new 1812 exhibition
  • Voted 2nd Best Local Landmark by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • Had a great time walking around taking in the history and seeing the artifacts.
  • What Qing Li loves about Baltimore: "When you get to the top of the ravelin wall, which is outside of the fort walls ... it's a clear view out to the water without all the cannons."
  • Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  • Watch the cannon demonstration!
  • The birthplace of our national anthem. If it wasn't for Fort McHenry, we would have no national anthem.
  • It may say $7 but it's FREE to walk around the trail :)
  • . Many stories of ghosts and ghostly activity include: a shadowy figure marching along the parapets, an evil spirit in the hallway leading to the bathrooms, floating or moving furniture
  • Ranger Vince is the best. He is the most animated, entertaining and fun tour guide.

Nearby places

300 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
1100 E Fort Ave (at Woodall St.)