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Charlestown Navy Yard

First Ave., Charlestown, Boston, MA (Charlestown)
617-242-5601
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Ranked #50 of 213 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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were able to board both this ship and the USS Constitution; no fee. Both are interesting in their own right, but for us, this was the most interesting of the two. Amazing to see how the crew maneuvered in such tight quarters, and to understand the challenges they faced. Thank you to all who faithfully serve our country.

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Bedford, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Charlestown Navy Yard is an ideal day trip when in Boston. Not only do they have the USS Constitution but also the USS Cassin Young. Obviously the Constitution is the star attraction but it is well worth visiting the Cassin Young as well. It was strange but fascinating going over 2 such different ships. The Navy personnel on both... More

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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It was nice to be able to see and walk on the oldest American warship still in commission. As you walk around the ship there are active duty sailor that answer any and all questions. They the crew and that is there duty assignment . There is also a WWII Destroyer that you can explore and see how men lived... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were able to tour the USS Constitution, and the associated Museum, but unfortunately we didn't have the time to go on board the USS Cassin Young although we did look at it from the dockside. Last year in New York we visited the USS Intrepid, a WWII aircraft carrier, and it would have been informative to visit this destroyer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Kids will love this place, because they can climb around two ships: the USS Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, and the USS Cassin Young a World War II destroyer. Naval buffs will like the place too. Both ships are crewed by knowledgable sailors who can answer questions. There is no entry fee. This site is worth an hour when walking the... More

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Seattle
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A nice end to the Freedom Trail. Wander around, check out the ships, the USS Constitution, the dry docks, etc. Pro tip - tie a bow on it by taking the ferry back downtown.

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The highlight of the Navy Yard is the USS Constitution which is a must see for history buffs. Be sure to bring your ID and be prepared for a security screening to visit Old Ironsides. The Navy Yard also features a World War II destroyer, the USS Cassin Young and the Constitution Museum. Parking near the Navy Yard is scarce.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

So again running around Boston on a tight schedule and a budget. Found out this place was free and the great history it had so decided to check it out. Its actually really interesting, nice neighborhood, loved the tours. Great place to take pics too

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Not a must see but it's a nice place to see. Your can see an old destroyer for WW2 free of charge, so I guess that's something

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We took a walk from downtown area to the navy yard. It was a nice walk. We could see more of the city and it was in Bunker's Hill direction. The navy yard is ok. It was very crowded. There was a huge line to visit the USS boat and museum. Definitely not a must see.

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