Fort McHenry:
Baltimore, MD


We took the Inner Harbor water taxi to Fort McHenry. In addition to its historical significance, Fort McHenry is set on a beautiful green area with walking paths alongside the water. The grounds and the museum building are free to visit, while the historic area of the park, the fort, there is a $15 charge for anyone over the age of 15.

We did not have a lot of time. We only visited the museum and saw the outside of the fort. The museum was interesting and educational. The displays explained the history of Fort McHenry and how it played a big role in the battle against the British in 1812. Fort McHenry is especially well known for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem: “The Star Spangled Banner” – originally entitled “Defense of Fort McHenry”. The video shown in the museum gives visitors a feel of what went on during that famous battle.


Posted: July 1, 2018


2400 E Fort Ave

Baltimore, MD 21230


Phone Number:

(410) 962-4290


9 a.m.-6 p.m.





The entrance fee to the historic area of the park is $15.00 for adults 16 years of age and older; children 15 and younger are free. This fee provides the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Since Fort McHenry is a National Park. Fourth graders and their families are free (at every national park) if they are signed up for the Every Kid in a Park program:


Approximate Distance from:   

Brooklyn Bridge: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Lakewood: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Monsey: 3 hours, 30 minutes


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