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Address: 801 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-4712
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We walked to the Shot tower because we could see it from everywhere. Well, heck! It sure is tall! And - really interesting "what is it." I'm not going to tell you - but... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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315 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We walked to the Shot tower because we could see it from everywhere. Well, heck! It sure is tall! And - really interesting "what is it." I'm not going to tell you - but - read. Again: I was not there with young children or teens, but with adult family. I don't like the categories of "visit" I am restricted... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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359 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a quick side-trip but you should stop and read the plaques because it is so unusual. After seeing it from afar so many times, it was nice to go up and take a good long look.

Thank 2005-travel-lover
Baltimore, Maryland
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711 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Truly fascinating story is well presented inside -- about how the tower was constructed, how it was used to make shot, and how the city rallied to save it from demolition in the 1920s. This is a totally unique site. We were not allowed to go to the top (sorry to have missed the views), but the view from down... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

We walked by this afternoon after visiting the flag museum. It reminded me of a round red Washington monument. It stands over the Police memorial. Unfortunantly it was not open.

Thank bLiselotte
United States
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694 reviews
364 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

We visited on a beautiful Sunday. We briefly toured the Carroll Mansion first (where you pay and tell them you want the Shot Tower tour). Carroll Mansion is nice, interesting artwork, but not too much to see otherwise. Carroll Mansion oversees the Mansion, Shot Tower, and a few other historic sites in the area. Our guide was so knowledgeable, he... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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1,025 reviews
512 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Also known as The Old Baltimore Shot Tower, the tower was built in 1828 and is 215 + feet tall. The cornerstone was set by Maryland Patriot Charles Carroll of Carrollton. It is entirely made of 1.1 million bricks. It was the tallest building in the US until 1846. Annually, 2.5 million pounds of “drop” shot, used for small game... More 

Thank Maggi713
York, Pennsylvania
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260 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

The shot tower is difficult to rank because there are pros and cons. First the pros. It is a very historic building that must be toured by any history buff. The tour guide did a great job in telling the history of the tower; both its time as a shot tower and after. Pictures were around the room showing the... More 

Thank Justin W
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211 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

You can't miss the Old Baltimore Shot Tower. It's one of the must see sites & a great piece of Baltimore history.

Thank Shawnwaskey
West Windsor Township, New Jersey
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2014

The Phoenix Shot Tower is a testament to Baltimore's history, surrounded by modern buildings in a less-touristy part of town, between Johns Hopkins and Little Italy. It is a very tall, very thin, brick tower, where, according to the placard by it, rifle shot was produced. Unfortunately, it is currently not open for viewing or tours, so you can only... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

I toured the Shot Tower and Carroll Mansion on Sunday afternoon. Matt was my tour guide and he is an extremely knowledgable historian who peppers his descriptions with the funniest turn of a phrase. My cousin, who is a life long Baltimore resident and a true history buff, engaged Matt in a fascinating conversation covering the architecture, chemistry, politics, etc... More 

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