Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Basic information for visitors to the Fort McHenry
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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine In Baltimore
The American resistance of a British naval attack against Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814, prevented the capture of Baltimore during the War of 1812. A large flag was raised over the fort after the 25-hour battle, and the victory inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Today—via electronic map, no less— you'll find the restored fort complete with renovated barracks and guardhouses. The fort was authorized as a national park under the War Department in 1925, transferred to the Park Service in 1933, and redesignated in 1939.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bicycling, jogging, picnicking, touring fort, watching film. Facilities: Visitor center, guided and self-guided tours, museum, movie. Book-and-gift shop, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Flag Change programs (twice daily, weather permitting). Ranger-guided interpretive programs (June-Labor Day), Fort McHenry Guard living-history programs (mid-June-Aug., weekend afternoons), bird walks (June-Sept.). Civil War Encampment (last weekend, Apr), Flag Day Program (June 14), Defenders' Day Celebration (2nd weekend, Sept.), Veterans' Day program. Tips & Hints: Visit in spring and fall for best weather. Busiest May and June, least crowded Feb. and Mar.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $5 adults, free ages 17 and under. No pets in fort, leashed pets only elsewhere. No climbing on cannons or earthworks. No skates or skateboards. No fishing off seawall. No public docking. No food or drink in buildings. Visitor center and fort open June-Aug., daily 8-7:45, Sept.-May, daily 8-4:45.
HOW TO GET THERE
3 mi southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor via 1-95 to Exit 55 Key Hwy. and Lawrence St.; turn left, then left on E. Fort Ave. and continue 1 mi (follow blue-green Fort McHenry signs along all major routes to the park). From the Inner Harbor, take Light St. south to Key Hwy., turn left, then follow Fort McHenry signs to Lawrence St. Closest airport: Baltimore, 10 mi from the fort.
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (End of E. Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230-5393, tel. 410/962^290, fax 410/962-2500).
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Basic information for visitors to the Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine In Baltimore