Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fort McHenry National Monument

Not to be mistaken with Fort Henry, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is located in Baltimore, Maryland while the former is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. To be able to find your way to visit Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, it would be wise to arrange to charter a bus to bring you and your family there instead of driving there yourself. The reason is quite simple actually – you don’t have to trouble yourself in finding a place to park your car when you are there.

Being chauffeured to Fort McHenry National Monument in the charter bus, you and your family can be quite sure that you will be dropped off near the entrance, so you don’t have to walk very far to get there. This also makes another good reason to charter a Baltimore bus for this trip. When you arrive at the destination, begin your tour at the Visitor Center with a 10-minute film on the war of 1812 and how Francis Scott Key got his inspiration in writing the Star Spangled Banner. At the end of the film, as the Star Spangled Banner is sung, the screen will reveal the Flag of Fort McHenry and many visitors always find this a rather moving conclusion to the whole film. It is shown twice every hour – on the hour and half past the hour throughout the whole day. Do give yourself and your family members at least an hour to tour the whole grounds of the fort and it is self guided only. However, we do know that if you take your time to leisurely tour the grounds of the fort, it would take you at least two hours; but it is entirely up to you just how long you wish to take to finish touring the fort.

If you and your family members happen to be there at the right time, you may even be able to watch a flag changing ceremony. They do have special events throughout the year, so if you would like to coincide your trip with one of their special events, you can always find out more from their website for details. At the end of the tour, just right before you leave the Fort McHenry National Monument with your family in the Baltimore charter bus, you can always stop by the gift shop that is in the Visitor Center to buy some memorabilia home to keep or to give away as gifts to friends.

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