Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown Navy Yard
4.5
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
About
Established in 1800 as one of the country's original naval maintenance centers, the Navy Yard is now the home of the USS Constitution.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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CorALTraveler
Alabama55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Charlestown Navy Yard is the last stop on the Freedom Trail. It is the home of the oldest US Naval Ship the USS Constitution.

There are several things here you can visit. First stop at the Park Service Visitors Center which has exhibits on the history of the Navy Yard and the Constitution. You then walk out from there to go and visit the Constitution.

After visiting the ship, you can walk across the way to visit the USS Constitution Museum which deals with the building, the storied career and how the Constitution was saved from being decommissioned and demolished.

You can also walk further up and visit the USS Cassin Young a WWII Destroyer that you can walk around and check out.
Written December 17, 2022
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lucsimsthomas
San Antonio, TX338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The museum should be the first stop in order to see the history of the Charlestown Navy Yard and see how they built various items needed on ships throughout the years. Starts in the Colonial days and continues past WW2. Then you can wander a few of the docks to see leftover equipment.
Written March 16, 2023
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MN15,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is one of the place tour busses drop off people as well as where the Freedom Trail will lead you. This area is ran by the park service. It is a great place to see the USS Constitution Museum, the USS Constitution, and the USS Cassin Young. All of these are free. If you have children they may enjoy it. Climbing in some instances are involved. It is a good place to spend a couple of hours and get a little bit of history.
Written October 26, 2023
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SteveCindyUSA
Medford, OR119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, TX487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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