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“Great hidden treasure”

Fort Washington Park
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Owner description: Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's features and its role as the only defense for the Nation's Capital until the Civil War.
ft. washington md
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great hidden treasure”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a great place to go to chill out and let your pets have the run of the park! It's laid back and no one bothers you. Take a trip back in time when you go there. Enjoy!

Visited March 2014
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Waldorf, Maryland
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“Beautiful December Weather at Ft. Washington Park”
Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

I took my 5 yr old just on a whim driving back to somd and how amazed was I to find this gem! My daughter ran around and had a great time, she wanted me to read every sign and then explain in detail what each meant. This was truly a learning experience for us both, just to be standing here imagining what took place back in the 1800's. We will definitely be back with my husband & other child.

Visited December 2013
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787 reviews
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“A Very Interesting Fort”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Unfortunately, the weather turned nasty on us and we toured the fort in sleet and icy rain. Despite the bad weather, the park ranger still took us on a tour of the fort. Originally named Fort Washburn, Fort Washington was rebuilt after it was burned down to protect it from capture by southern forces during the Civil War. There were many buildings to see and it was evident this place was armed to the teeth at one time. It certainly would have caused havoc for any attacking force. Luckily, there never were any. We wished the weather was better so we would have been more inclined to walk the grounds and look at everything in more detail. Regardless, it was still very enjoyable.

Visited December 2013
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Panama City, Panama, Panama
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“An awesome place for any history buff”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Having lived in Maryland for 20 years, I was shocked I hadn't heard of Fort Washington. It was worth the drive though. The view from the fort was amazing! To be able to look out and see D.C from the top was awe inspiring. The history behind the place was fascinating too. To see all the changes the fort had undergone, look at the guns, and see how everything changed was really fun! The buildings on the property were all beautiful and the fort itself is too, which is why I was a little saddened by the state of the area. Quite a few of the old buildings on the property were simply boarded up and in a complete shape of disrepair. It's would have been nice to at least see a marker near those buildings to know what they once were. Many parts of the lower part of the fort were in a similar state too.

This is a really great place to go though if you love history. It's just amazing to see something that's been around so long, and had such a big job. And, even if you don't like history there are plenty of beautiful trails and nice picnic areas.

Visited November 2013
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Baltimore, MD
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“This is Washington DC's version of Baltimore's Ft Mchenry”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Except this fort has never been attacked. Otherwise it's very similar. Very picturesque!
You can easily spend all day there. If it is your first time there I recommend going on a day where there is a tour (currently only on weekends) . On some Sunday's they even fire a cannon. I got to see Civil War era rifles fired by people dressed in period attire. There are also plenty of bathrooms, even one inside the fort! The yellow building has a nice museum in it. Aside from this museum, it's pretty much an outdoor attraction. Not everything they have available for the day with respect to tours is not listed on their webpage, it was listed on a board at the Visitors Center/Museum, so I'd recommend calling ahead to see what's offered (I think they were mostly different types of tours). Another interesting thing about this place is that the deer are not afraid of people.

Note: This fort is easy to get to, there are plenty of signs. Watch out for the speed humps!

Visited September 2013
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