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Charlestown Navy Yard

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Address: First Ave., Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-242-5601
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Sun - Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Established in 1800 as one of the country's original naval maintenance...

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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Some nice attractions to experience at the Charlestown Navy Yard

The Charleston Navy Yard is an important historical port in America, having operated from 1800 and 1974. Here visitors can walk the grounds of the shipyard, see the dry docks and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
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Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The Charleston Navy Yard is an important historical port in America, having operated from 1800 and 1974. Here visitors can walk the grounds of the shipyard, see the dry docks and enjoy important attractions during their visits to Boston. The Charleston Navy Yard visitor centre is open from 9-5pm. You clear security here for tours of the historic USS Constitution... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed this stop while doing the Old Trolley Tour. Old ship and interesting pieces of history are dealt out. Not a rainy day activity

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

An untouched warship (bar a few areas sealed off) Worth a visit. bring a torch so you can explore below decks as it is not well lit. As to be expected from a warship, it is small, cramped, dark, and lots of low bits. It has not been made super tourist friendly... Which is why it is worth a visit!... More 

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Potsdam, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If anyone decides to take the Harbor Cruise to the navy yard, I would suggest visiting the USS Constitution first, as this one will take you 10x longer to see than the USS Cassin Young. The USS Constitution had a long line in which you had to go through a metal detector and have your bags checked. The USS Constitution... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed touring the Cassin Young but skipped the Constitution due to long lines. Enjoyed the museum's exhibits, which varied nicely to catch all age groups.

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Thank vkbrennan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Bring photo ID if you want to go on the USS Constitution! Entry to the USS Cassin Young was free and required no ID. Plenty to see on the destroyer and not rushed. There were a couple of park rangers who were very knowledgable and helpful. Walking through the yard you can see a number of cannons and parts of... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

After having visited the Washington monument look-a-like, the Bunker Hill monument, we followed the red brick road to the Navy Yard. It was a nice quiet walk and then we were hit with our kin, the tourists. PROS: It is a very nice area to visit with ships and cranes and tourists and aircraft guns and beautiful views. It's as... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you travel the Freedom Trail, crossing the bridge you end at the Charlestown Navy Yard. This is part of the National Park Service, be sure to get your passport stamped at the visitor center. The USS Constitution is an obvious destination from the Freedom Trail, but don't miss the WWII destroyer USS Cassin Young. I found this more impressive... More 

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Norwell, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We live in Massachusetts and had never been to visit the Charlestown Naval Yard and Old Ironsides so corrected that after decades. It was a dismal, cloudy day where an umbrella came in handy on occasion but it seemed fitting weather for the area. Part of the reason for my lower rating here was the fact that the USS Constitution... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Operated by the U.S. Park Service, this is a great adventure for kids of all ages. Although the U.S.S. Constitution is dry docked and undergoing repairs, don't let this stop you from visiting the Charleston Navy Yard. We continued with our visit and explored the U.S.S. Cassin Young, a destroyer used in WWII, repaired, modernized and then used again in... More 

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Charlestown
Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.