Fort Mchenry National Monument And Historic Shrine, Baltimore, Maryland
2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21230| Map |
Families will find that a visit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland -- the birthplace of the American National Anthem -- is both educational and entertaining. The best place to start exploring this historic Baltimore tourist attraction is at the visitor center with a 10-minute orientation video shown two times per hour. Kids will be intrigued to learn that it was the valiant defense of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, Maryland in September 13-14, 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. The visitor center also contains exhibits, restrooms and a gift shop. Next, plan to spend about an hour on a self-guided tour of the fort, barracks and related structures. The barracks contain several exhibits: The Enlistmen's Quarters, an Electronic Map, uniforms and weapons displays, Junior Officers' Quarters, Commanding Officer's Quarters and the 1814 Guard House. Weather permitting, outdoor activities include daily flag changes, interpretive programs and living history demonstrations. In addition, special events take place throughout the year, such as Civil War Weekend and Defenders' Day - The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend. The summer months include daily ranger talks and weekend living history in the fort. The Fort McHenry Guard performs drill, musket and artillery demonstrations.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Junior Ranger programs are available at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. Young visitors who wish to explore and learn about Fort McHenry can get an activity booklet from the Visitor Center. After completing the activity booklet, youngsters earn a Junior Ranger certificate and badge.
Address: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21230| Map
Hours: Check operating hours. More Info
Price: Entrance fee is $7.00 for adults. Children 15 and younger are free. Check annual pass prices. More Info