Entrance Fees and Waivers

The individual fee to enter the Historic Zone is $15 for anyone 16 years or older. ‘America the Beautiful’ and Fort McHenry annual passes are also accepted. The visitor center is currently closed so you must purchase Fort McHenry specific admission through recreation.gov, and 'America the Beautiful' passes throuhg another participating site or USGS.gov.

For more information please visit our Fees & Passes page.

4th grade students are eligible for the ‘America the Beautiful’ 4th Grade Pass. The pass covers admission for the pass holder (4th grader) and three additional adults. In order to receive a pass, students must be present and provide a printed voucher. Visit Every Kid Outdoors to print a voucher. The pass will remain valid until August of the year of issuance and can be used at all federal public lands.

Academic Fee Waivers

Groups that are visiting from an educational institution may qualify for an academic fee waiver, which grants free admission for some or all members of the group (see application for more information). The intended trip must relate directly to the educational or scientific purpose of the visit and to the unique features and resources of Fort McHenry. The visit "shall not be primarily for recreation purposes".

How to apply:

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Public Law 108-447, provides the National Park Service statutory authority to allow "outings conducted for non-commercial educational purposes by schools or bona fide educational institutions" to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees. A school or educational institution is defined as one which grants some type of educational credit.

The Application and approval will require that you submit the following documentation and explanation of curriculum and intent:

• Educational and scientific groups must submit proof of official recognition as an accredited institution by a federal, state, or local government entity. Private and home schools, or other scientific organizations may submit documentation of tax-exempt status granted for educational purposes.

• A brief explanation of the relevant curriculum and purpose of the visit. Specifically address how the park resources and/or facilities support that purpose.

Complete the Application For Waiver of Fees For Educational Study form and e-mail it, along with the criteria listed above to: GroupArrangements.

The application and documentation must be received at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

A confirmation email will be sent once the application is approved. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval. Applicants may receive requests for additional information. A confirmation email including an approval form signed by a park staff member will be sent once an application is approved and a fee waiver has been granted. Applications that are marked as ‘incomplete’ or are not signed by an authorized staff member will not be approved for a fee waiver. Group organizers are strongly encouraged to bring a copy of their signed and approved fee waiver application with them on the day of their visit.

Purchase Entry Passes Ahead of Time

Save your group time upon arrival by paying for your adults ahead of time using the link below.

Purchase Passes

Last updated: March 8, 2022

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