Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
"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!” over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort by 1,000 dedicated Americans inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Hours + Fees
Grounds: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Fort and Visitor Center: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.
Summer Hours (June 2 to September 3, 2007)
Park: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Star Fort: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 7:45 P.M.
Visitor Center: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 7:45 P.M.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.
Map + Directions
The park is three miles southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off I-95. Follow the brown Fort McHenry directional signs along all major routes to the park.
From I-95 northbound or southbound
Take Exit 55 Key Highway and follow Fort McHenry signs on Key Highway to Lawrence Street. Turn left on Lawrence Street and then left on Fort Avenue. Proceed one mile to the park.
From the Inner Harbor
Take Light Street south to Key Highway. Turn left and follow the Fort McHenry signs to Lawrence Street. Turn right on Lawrence Street and then left on Fort Avenue to the park.