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    COVID-19 Response

    Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System.

    Beginning June 8, Fort McHenry NMHS will increase access to its grounds and parking lot for recreational visitors. The Star Fort, visitor center, and restrooms remain closed. Fort McHenry NMHS will not conduct on-site public programs or provide visitor information and services.

    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; and
    • be prepared for no access the Fort’s visitor center and restrooms. With public health in mind, these facilities remain closed at this time.

    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


    Visitor Center


    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.

    Directions and Transportation

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is located at 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore MD 21230.

    Public Ride Share

    The use of motorized scooters inside the park is strictly prohibited. Motorized scooters that are part of a ride share program may not be left for pick up within park boundaries.

    Pedal bicycles or electric-assist bicycles that are part of a ride share program are permitted within the park in the designated bicycle areas. Bicycles that are part of a ride-share program may not be left for pick-up within the park boundaries. Visitors are to exit with the bicycles when they leave the park.


    Fort McHenry is located within driving distance of three area airports:

    • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (11 miles)
    • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (46 miles)
    • Dulles International Airport (56 miles)


    The park is three miles southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off I-95. Follow the brown Fort McHenry directional signs along all major routes to the park. From I-95 northbound, take Exit 55 to Key Highway and follow Fort McHenry signs. From I-95 southbound, as you approach the Fort McHenry Tunnel, move to the toll booths on the far right as you will be exiting immediately after emerging from the tunnel. Take Exit 55 to Key Highway and follow the Fort McHenry signs using Lawrence Street and not Woodall, as your GPS might indicate.

    From the Inner Harbor, take Light Street south to Key Highway. Turn left and follow the Fort McHenry signs to Lawrence Street. Turn right on Lawrence Street and then left on Fort Avenue to the park.

    The most direct route to Fort McHenry is I-95. Take Exit 55 and drive to the light at Key Highway. Follow the signs to the fort.

    At the third light on Key Highway, turn left onto Lawrence Street. Turn left at the next light and Fort Avenue will bring you to Fort McHenry.

    Free parking is available at the park. Bus parking is also available.

    Public Transportation

    A bus stop is located outside of the park main gate. From there, visitors can board Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) buses or the Charm City Circulator. Please note that fare is required to ride MTA buses. The Charm City Circulator is free of charge.

    Water Transportation

    The Baltimore Water Taxi Water transportation is provided to Fort McHenry from various locations around the Inner Harbor. Schedules vary depending on the season. Tickets for the Water Taxi may not be purchased at Fort McHenry. Those arriving by boat may depart by boat - visitors must board elsewhere in the Inner Harbor area to visit Fort McHenry via the Water Taxi.

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