Charlestown Navy Yard
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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Neighborhood: 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.
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Wismickchick
Kenosha, WI132 contributions
Jul 2022
We took a quick and inexpensive ferry from downtown Boston to Charlestown Navy Yard. Ships were docked and we were able to walk on every one of them and explore at no cost. The USS Cassin Young was our favorite due to a retired veteran being on board and sharing stories and facts with us about what life was life for the brave military aboard the ship. Each ship was so beautiful and we were just filled with so much awe walking around all of the ships. We spent close to a half of a day here and we only spent the cost of the ferry, which I believe was around $5-$6 round trip. An added bonus was the amazing views of the city both on the ferry and from the shores of the Navy Yard. Would definitely recommend!
Written August 4, 2022
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itsWanda
Boston, MA195 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Born and raised here and it took me almost 30 years to come visit.

This is the last stop on the freedom trail where you can see two historic sites - USS Constitution and USS Cassin. Both are free to visit. For the USS Constitution you do have to go through security and show a form of ID. There’s a guide who tells the story of the ship and the historical events it gone through, such an amazing site.

There’s also a museum in the area where it goes into detail of the build out of the Constitution, who worked on the ship etc. There’s not a fixed admission fee and relies on a donation to visit.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it’s definitely a must to visit.
Written March 5, 2022
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL3,843 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
The Charlestown Navy Yard is one of America’s oldest navy bases. The site consists of a couple of museums, the USS Constitution, and the USS Cassin Young a WW II ship. I was able to tour the USS Constitution and visit the museum about the naval yard. The USS Constitution tour was amazing and a must-visit item when in Boston. I also walked around the yard to see the ships and a great view of downtown Boston across the Charles River. It is great place to visit and I highly recommend making the navy yard a part of any Boston trip.
Written May 17, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,388 contributions
Apr 2022
Charlestown Navy Yard stands across Boston downtown, being one US oldest navy bases. It's an interesting area to explore as there're several museums, as well the Bunker hill monument in walking distance.
The biggest attraction is of course the USS Constitution - free tours, as well the kids oriented same name museum. Also, there's USS Cassin Young war ship. which was closed when we visited in late April.
Terrific water views of downtown Boston.
Written June 1, 2022
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CorALTraveler
Alabama50 contributions
Jul 2021
USS Constitution was a great thing to see and experience, very interesting to be able to board the ship and touch history. Unfortunately only 3-stars because the experience was greatly diminished by the extremely rude woman working the checkout register in the National Park museum gift shop. We visited Boston for three days, encountered very pleasant and welcoming people everywhere... except the lady working the checkout register around 12noon on Wednesday July 28th was the most rude individual on our entire trip.... and she was a National Park employee!
Written August 9, 2021
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lucsimsthomas
San Antonio, TX234 contributions
Jul 2022
We were at the navy yard as part of a visit to see the USS Constitution. My retired Marine Corps husband was quick to gravitate to the old Marine Barracks and the Commandant's house. They are both sights to behold.
We were only able to see the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin from afar since they were closed but did get to go into the USS Constitution Museum.

Written July 31, 2022
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa861 contributions
Jul 2022
Went as part of a wlak around the Bunker Hill area and Charleston. Its a fantastic place to walk around and to go onto the three ships was FREE. Great views of Boston centre as well as a good sense of the role of the US Navy in Boston's history. I think the museum charges but to go onto the USS Cosnitution and the USS Cassin Young and the Coast Guard tall ship were all free and facnating.
Written July 30, 2022
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,055 contributions
Jul 2021
Visited here with relatives from New York, Boston and us from Minnesota. We had walked the Freedom Trail on a sunny Saturday in July 2021. The museum is wonderful to walk around and learn more of the history. Beyond visiting the USS Constitution and the museum, this is a great park area just to hang out. However, we were walking toward the ferry to take it to the other side of the harbor then to catch a metro train.
There is a wonderful breeze always blowing on a day like this. A beautiful view of the downtown skyline and then a fun ride on the ferry.
Written August 23, 2021
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SteveCindyUSA
Medford, OR95 contributions
Jul 2021
Our first time to Boston. We didn't have plans to visit the Charlestown Navy Yard but a guide suggested we go so we did and glad we did. This was very interesting with a US Navy Commissioned war ship from the 1700's and a World War II Navel Destroyer that you can board. This is well worth taking the time to visit this National Park as well a Naval Station. SteveCindy, Oregon, USA
Written July 28, 2021
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX394 contributions
Sep 2022
It may be mostly known for being the home of the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young, but the Charleston Navy Yard's own history is worth a look as well.
We found the Nautica parking garage to be extremely convenient to park, being only about 100 yards from the main entrance.
The Navy Yard itself does not charge admission. It has its own visitors center (with public restrooms) with exhibits about its history. But to be honest, we made only a perfunctory pass through it, wanting to see the ships foremost.
Other features one can see in the yard: a rather small stone or concrete drydock (with interpretive plaques), an old inactive shipyard mobile crane, and to the north across the road, the attractive Commandant's House (sadly, not open to the public, we were told).
Note: it appears that both "Charleston Navy Yard" and "Boston Navy Yard" are names used for this installation.
Written October 29, 2022
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