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Fort McHenry is a historical site foreign visitors ought to visit because it is the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner's birthplace, activities for kids and adults

Fort McHenry, a Must-See for All Visitors

Mar 14, 2014

When it comes to visiting Baltimore, the must-see attraction for all charter bus visitors is Fort McHenry. This coastal star-shaped fort is famous for successfully defending Baltimore Harbor from British attack in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. It was because of this bombardment that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” national anthem of the United States.

The Fort is now a recreation center for both locals and mini bus rental visitors. Every year, visitors from all over drop by Fort McHenry to see the place where the birthplace of the national anthem.

Things to Do at the Fort

There are many things to see, do and take part in at Fort McHenry. To learn more about the Fort and its history, do visit the Visitor Center where you can view exhibits and video on its history. For a spot of outdoor activities, there are daily flag programs held at the Fort where you can help a ranger raise or lower a reproduction of the Star-Spangled Banner flag.

For those with children, do register them at the Visitor Center for the Junior Ranger Program. Each child will get an Activity Booklet with questions and activities about the fort’s history. With the Activity Booklet in hand, parents and children can explore the Visitor Center, Star Fort and the surrounding grounds. Once the Activity Booklet has been completed, the child will earn a Junior Ranger certificate and badge for his/her efforts.

Nearby Attractions

Just 3 miles away from Fort McHenry is the Historic Ships of Baltimore Museum. Here, coach bus visitors can see one of the most impressive collection of military vessels in the world. Notable ships include:

  • US Sloop-of-War Constellation
  • US Submarine Torsk
  • US Coast Guard Cutter Taney
  • Lightship Chesapeake

Don’t forget to also visit the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland.

Other places near Fort McHenry where you can reach by rental bus are:

  • The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum - 4 miles away
  • The Maryland Historical Society Museum - 8 miles away
  • Todd's Inheritance Historic Site - 15 miles away

To get around Baltimore, and to visit Fort McHenry and nearby attractions, hire a charter bus for a hassle-free, fuss-free trip. Call 1-800-304-1993 or 443-552-5485 for a quote or to reserve a bus today!