Things To Do

There are many things to do at Fort McHenry. Visitors typically spend anywhere from a few hours to an entire day at the park.

The Visitor and Education Center is a great place to start your visit. A ten minute introduction film shows every half hour starting at 9:00 am. In between film showings, visitors can explore the museum and exhibit area. The park gift shop, vending machines, and restrooms are also located at the Visitor and Education Center.

The historic Star Fort is a short walk from the Visitor and Education Center. Inside the fort visitors will find additional exhibits, a short film on the Battle of North Point, and refurbished officers' quarters. Scheduled flag changes take place inside the fort every morning and evening. Visitors are welcome to help a park ranger raise or lower a replica of the Star-Spangled Banner flag.

Regularly scheduled ranger programs are offered daily and begin at the Visitor and Education Center. Talks include the Battle of Baltimore program where visitors can learn more about the famouse battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' the 'War on the Chesapeake,' and flag talks.

Kids of all ages can participate in the Junior Ranger program. The Junior Ranger booklet is full of activities that can be completed to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Booklets are available at the Visitor Contact Station.

The park's events calendar offers a listing of all upcoming special events and programs. Living history programs take place every weekend in the spring and summer months. National Park Service staff and volunteers dressed in period attire offer music performances, weapons demonstrations, and period games.

All programs are subject to change based on staff availability and weather. Please check with the front desk upon arrival to confirm activities.

Last updated: February 25, 2019

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