Operating Hours & Seasons

The park's historic Star Fort is open daily, 9:00AM - 4:45PM. Fee collection for access to the historic fort has resumed. Visitors are encouraged to purchase the 7-day entrance fee pass online prior to visiting at recreation.gov

The park's grounds and parking lot are open daily for recreational visitors (free). Park gates open at 9:00AM and close at 5:00PM. Visitor Center restrooms are open daily, 9:00AM - 4:45PM. The Visitor Center gift shop is open daily 9:00AM - 4:45PM.

We are now able to sell some passes in our gift shop. Passes available for purchase are America the Beautiful Annual pass, Fort McHenry Annual Pass, and the 7-day park entry pass. All other passes must still be ordered online at USGS Store. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.

Exhibit areas in the Visitor Center will remain closed at this time and no public programs will be held.

Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Fort McHenry, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings including the historic fort. Disposable masks are available from a Ranger upon request.

For more information please visit our Plan Your Visit and Fees & Passes page.

Park rangers remain on duty and normal regulations still apply. As services are limited and closed to the public, the National Park Service urges visitors to:
  • follow one-way directional signs to recreate along the sea wall trail;
  • park only in designated areas;
  • pack out everything you bring in;
  • maintain 6 ft (2 m) social distance from others;
  • stay on marked trails;

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Regular Hours
Park Grounds and Parking Lot
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Star Fort
9:00AM - 4.45PM- Limited indoor exhibits.
Visitor Center
Visitor Center restrooms open daily 9:00AM - 4:45PM
Visitor Center gift shop open daily 9:00AM - 4:45PM

Hours of operation are subject to change in the event of inclement weather. Please call ahead or check the Alerts and Conditions page to confirm park hours of operation.

Source: Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority.

Last updated: September 16, 2021

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