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Charlestown Navy Yard

Address: First Ave., Charlestown, Boston, MA (Charlestown)
Phone Number: 617-242-5601
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Ranked #52 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Marinas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/day tour
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Owner 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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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Two ships in the yard are nice - you can get on to them and explore, all this for free. Yard itself is not really interesting and not in a very good condition.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

After the Copp's Hill Burying Ground, we headed toward the banks of Charles River, where we wanted to see ,how it was alike, this famous Navy Yard, with all these old and new ships,either of war purpose or only commercial or touristic. There are many wharfs there, at which the ships are moored. Beside that, the different warehouses, the USS... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited the Charlestown Navy Yard but were unable go onboard the USS Constitution as my husband had forgotten to take our passports which are required for entry. On our return visit the Constitution had been out for its final sail prior to going into dry dock for 3 years so we were unable to go on again. Instead we... More

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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We followed the freedom trail and ended up in the dockyard. There was no charge to go onto the USS Cassin Young so we decided to gave a look. It was great! Ok, you can't go up or down so you are left to wander the deck and rooms off it only but it was worth 20 mins. Only one... More

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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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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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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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