Fort McHenry National Monument

Baltimore, MD

Where are we going?

Fort McHenry National Monument
3 Constellation Plaza
MD 21230

410 962 4290

What is there to do?

O! Say can you the dawn's early light...! Now we KNOW you recognize those words - it is of course the Star-Spangled Banner, and it had to have come from somewhere! That "somewhere" is in fact Fort McHenry National Monument. And do you know why?

Here's a little fun bit of history for you! Back during the Battle of Baltimore in September, 1814, the fort was being defended so gallantly, that Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to what would become the national anthem for the United States. Pretty incredible!

Now the whole family can head down to this historic site and learn all about the history of the battle, as well as that incredible influence it had on the entire country! (What would baseball games be without it!?)  

You time at Fort McHenry National Monument should begin at the informative Visitor Center, where you can gather all the information you need for your time at the fort! There is an informative orientation film to get kids up to speed on the history, as well as exhibits!

Then, the whole family can enjoy a self-guided tour of the fort, normally about an hour. So leave a couple of hours in total for your trip!

Keep an eye out for any special events happening at Fort McHenry National Monument too! Some of the fun spectacles you might come across at the concert series, the Civil War weekend, Living American Flag, and of course, the Star-Spangled Banner weekend!

The summer months even have great activities for the family, including daily ranger talks and drill, musket and artillery demonstrations! 

And the rockets' red glare...the bombs bursting in air..!!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7 valid for 7 days.

Discount: Annual pass available

Free Under: 15 years.


Need a little extra help?

The Visitor Center is accessible for those in wheelchairs. The fort is mostly accessible, so check at the center where you will have access to.


When can we go?

9am - 6pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. 9am - 5pm rest of the year.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day


Any top tips?

Get kids onto the Junior Ranger program! It's two hours of fun for them where they get to earn their badge and certificate! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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