What: Baltimore will host about 40 tall ships and “gray hull” vessels (newer military ships) from around the world to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The event will feature ship tours, live music, food and an air show by the Blue Angels.
Where: Many ships will be in the Inner Harbor, but others will be in Fells Point, Federal Hill and North Locust Point.
When: Wednesday through June 19.
Several places connected with the war and the Star-Spangled Banner are nearby and can be visited throughout the year.
What: Ranger-led tours of the preserved fort are family-friendly; expect to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The visitor center features a movie, a small exhibition on the war and information on Francis Scott Key. Reenactors are on hand every weekend through mid-September. On Saturdays at 2 p.m., visitors can see a cannon fired.
Where: 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore
When: Daily 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
How much: Adults $7, age 15 and younger free.
For more information: Call 410-962-4290 or visit www.nps.gov/fomc.
What: “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812.” This exhibit includes stories of those who fought to defend Baltimore, artwork and related objects, including guns, an unexploded bomb, right, model ships and an original copy of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There are hands-on activities for kids.
Where: 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore
When: Opens June 10. Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much: Adults $6, ages 3-16 $4, age 2 and younger free.
For more information: Call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org.
What: The Star-Spangled Banner. The flag that flew above Fort McHenry the morning the attack ended has been preserved and is displayed in a special exhibition at the museum.
Where: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington
When: Open most days from 10 a.m. to
7:30 p.m. through Sept. 2.
How much: Free.
For more information: Call 202-633-1000 or visit americanhistory.si.edu.
What: A full-size replica of a topsail schooner used by privateers in the War of 1812 to attack British ships.
Where: Baltimore and other Maryland ports
When: June 13-19 in Baltimore; check Web site for future dates.
How much: Free deck tours; prices vary for sails.
For more information: Call 888-557-7433 or visit www.pride2.org.