FORT MCHENRY BOAT TOUR – Experience Fort McHenry by boat and witness history firsthand! Journey back to 1814 and hear the Battle of Baltimore from the viewpoint of Francis Scott Key, the writer of our beloved “Star-Spangled Banner” on the new Fort McHenry Boat Tour! Tours on the hour every weekend through September 15th.
Tickets & Departures Dockside at Fort McHenry. Adults $10 | Children $ (ages 3-10). No advance reservations. www.friendsoffortmchenry.org
Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine should begin at the Visitor Center. A short 10-minute orientation film is shown two times per hour: on the hour and half-past the hour throughout the day. Restrooms, exhibits and a gift shop are also located in the building. Plan to spend about one hour touring the fort – all self-guided.
Fort McHenry offers many things to do. Places to go include the Visitor Center with a video and exhibits, followed by a walk to the historic Star Fort and many more exhibits. Outdoor activities feature daily flag programs, weather permitting. Kids can work on the Junior Ranger and earn a badge and certificate. The Schedule of Events is always full of activities each year. Nearby attractions are numerous in the Baltimore metro area.
The star-shaped Fort McHenry, during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 was the site of the valiant defense that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming!
Park: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Star Fort: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Visitor Center: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Extended Summer Hours: May 28-September 5, 2011
Park: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Star Fort: 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Visitor Center: 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.
MTA Bus Stop outside the park gate