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Charlestown Navy Yard

First Ave., Charlestown, Boston, MA (Charlestown)
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Ranked #49 of 210 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Marinas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/day tour
Description: Established in 1800 as one of the country's original naval maintenance centers, the Navy Yard is now the home of the USS Constitution.
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Both the Constitution and the Cassin Young are worth a visit. The Constitution, from 1797, is a similar vintage to the Victory in Portsmouth, UK, but actually floats - it goes on a three mile trip every Fourth of July into Boston Harbour. The Cassin Young from WW2 and the gentleman she was named after are both heroes. Read the... More

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Belcamp, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Nice place to walk and explore when you have a few hours to kill. Definitely would visit again and see the USS Constitution.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I didn't have much time to spend here, but I did manage to stroll the harbour way to enjoy the sun, and watch the pretty sailboats in the harbour. There are lots of other attractions here -- museums and interpretation, but I didn't have the time to partake. I was driving and although it took a bit of looking, I... More

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Hethersett, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

At the end of the freedom trail is Charlestown Navy yard and it's simply brilliant. All completely free of charge as well. You have just got to go there for the experience of tall ships and WW11 Destroyer.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I was able to learn a lot from the Constitution museum about the US / British war in the early 1800s and it allows you to make your own mind up about who won. The exhibits are good and informative. The Constitution itself is well preserved, although it doesn't take long to tour the whole boat. We were done in... More

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St. Catharines
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was the main reason we went to the navy yard. Unfortunately It was a poor experience for us. The ship is a great piece of history that can be explored, but only minimally. Staffing was only 1 person. We could only go about the main deck, nothing up, nothing down. When we asked, we were told that during the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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244 reviews 244 reviews
80 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Charlestown Navy Yard is full of so much history and beauty, but is also so much fun! My husband loved climbing into the ships, exploring the quarters, seeing the cannons prepped and ready for battle. This is an easy walk from downtown Boston and is definitely worth a trip. Plan accordingly as it will take some time to go... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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114 reviews 114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The Navy Yard, an easy walk from downtown Boston where I stayed (very close to the North Station T stop) is well worth the trek. If for no other reason, going aboard Old Ironsides (the USS Constitution) is worth going to the Navy Yard. The old ship is fascinating to see up close and is staffed by young Navy personnel... More

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Avon, Ohio
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443 attraction reviews
774 helpful votes 774 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Charlestown Navy Yard is located along the Freedom Trail on Constitution Street in Charlestown and is home to the USS Constitution which is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Originally launched in 1797, it earned its nickname, Old Ironsides, during the War of 1812 when is sank four British frigates as their cannonballs bounced of her hull.... More

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London, UK
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26 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

After a long, rather grey walk round the Freedom Trail, I decided to go to the Navy Yard rather than Bunker Hill, and found it pretty interesting. I chose not to go on the ships, which in retrospect was a bit of a mistake, but I had a lovely time nosing around, taking photos, and just sitting by the water... More

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