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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 & Gettysburg Historic Self-Driving Tour

2. Baltimore & Gettysburg Historic Self-Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Embark from the 401 Light St Baltimore Visitor Center, leading you to the bustling Inner Harbor and the immersive National Aquarium. Journey through time with stops at the USS Constellation, Mr. Trash Wheel, and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Delve into the depths of American history and culture at the National Katyn Memorial, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. Stroll through iconic neighborhoods, pausing at Edgar Allan Poe's Grave and Babe Ruth Birthplace, and absorb the ambiance of historic saloons and theatres. Gaze up at the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place and explore varied historic homes and museums, each a thread in the fabric of Baltimore's rich tapestry. Transition to Gettysburg, where the National Military Park Museum awaits with tales of valor. Navigate the battlefield with designated Auto Tour Stops, standing at the very places where history unfolded. Climb observation towers for sweeping views and visit monuments that memorialize the fallen and the brave. The tour guides you through the hallowed grounds of Little Round Top, Devil's Den, and the Peach Orchard, before culminating at the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial. Each site offers a unique story, adding layers to your understanding of this pivotal moment in history. This self-guided driving tour interweaves the vibrant life of Baltimore with the solemn history of Gettysburg, offering a journey as educational as it is evocative. Prepare to be transported through time and emotion as you navigate these historic American cities at your own pace, each stop an opportunity to connect with the past.

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.

Historic & Cultural Baltimore Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

4. Historic & Cultural 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. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 10+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Baltimore in 2-3 hours. 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.

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3.9
(19 reviews)

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

Narration could have been clearer about where to look and distinguishing features of the area.

It was a pleasant trip to spend my birthday. I would do it if ever I come to eastern coast.

Great, the only thing is we were sitting the wrong side for most of the attractions

Informative one hour cruise...thoroughly enjoyed.it