Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: Our most recommended tours and activities

Baltimore: Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

1. Baltimore: Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

See Baltimore from a different perspective on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise around the famous Inner Harbor area. Sail along the coastline and listen to the onboard narration as it points out iconic landmarks such as the historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point, the National Aquarium, the John W Brown Liberty Ship, the USS Constellation, and more. Sail around the Inner Harbor, one of America's oldest seaports, and see some of the city's best attractions. Take advantage of both indoor and outdoor observation decks, and purchase a beverage from the well-stocked bar. Kick back and relax as you take in the sites and enjoy an animated narration of Baltimore’s rich history.

Baltimore Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

2. Baltimore Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

Discover Baltimore and uncover its strange and fascinating secrets with this app tour. Take a tour from the comfort of your smartphone, and the highlights of the city from the beginning at the inner harbor to the end at the Fort McHenry. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Explore the USS Constellation, the Baltimore Aquarium, and more on this picturesque stretch of walkway. Spot the locally famous “Mr. Trash Wheel,” a funky contraption built to keep Baltimore’s harbor clean. Head to the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park, which honors two African American heroes. Enjoy the atmosphere at the Horse You Came In On Saloon, which is supposedly the last place Edgar Allan Poe stopped on before his death. Visit Douglass Place, a neighborhood of historic homes built by Douglass himself. See the city hall, which has seen some seriously rowdy altercations over the years. Travel with an audio guide that covers Washington Monument, Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, Babe Ruth's house, and more.

From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

3. From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

Enjoy the marvels of Maryland with one of our private Baltimore day tours from Washington DC, which also includes a stop at historic Annapolis!. Often dubbed ‘charm city,’ Baltimore is a short 60-minute drive from DC and makes for the perfect day trip from the capital. Enjoy pickup from your DC address in a luxury vehicle, and after a short scenic drive through Maryland, arrive at the first destination, the grave of legendary writer, Edgar Allen Poe and the former home of baseball icon, Babe Ruth. Next, take an informative tour with your guide of the cultural Inner Harbour, complete with entrance to the USS Constellation Ship and Fort McHenry. Here, learn how this place was where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," and spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis. Enjoy eye-catching architecture downtown before taking a historic Annapolis walking tour of the United States Naval Academy. Don’t forget to grab some of the region’s renowned seafood in a harbourside restaurant before the journey home.

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What people are saying about Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Nice activity if it is your first time to Baltimore. Parking can be challenging based on location downtown. Our bar attendant was wonderful! Interesting facts shared on the tour.

Perfect activity for young kids and even teens. Clean ship and smooth boating experience. Even the informational recording is interesting.

Informative one hour cruise...thoroughly enjoyed.it