Charlestown Navy Yard

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston: Hours, Address, Charlestown Navy Yard Reviews: 4.5/5

Charlestown Navy Yard
4.5
Historic Sites • Ships
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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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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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia1,967 contributions
What Would You Do If I Sang Out of Tune?…
Sep 2019
.….SEE I’M WAY OUT OF TUNE HERE….

….at least compared to 94% of reviewers on this page who considered this place either EXCELLENT or VERY GOOD. Less than a quarter of one percent agree with me – a rating of POOR.

Maybe those high raters did more pre-visit research than me and were aware of the SECURITY CHECKS. See, this area is under the jurisdiction of the US NAVY and to get into the “CONSTELLATION” compound with its associated MUSEUM plus the added attraction of being able to check out the USS CASSIN YOUNG (a WW2 destroyer) you need to pass thru an airport style security check. Now at 74 I’m a bit of a curmudgeon and am a bit over such checks – compounded by the fact that in my pack (I was doing the whole FREEDOM TRAIL** on foot) I had a drink bottle with way more than 100ml plus a first aid kit with those sharp objects make dudes at security checks nervous. Seeing I didn’t want to surrender any of those (you know the usual thing – never to be seen again) I gave entrance the big miss and simply checked the ships from outside. As my pix show, this is not a waste of time, but is in keeping with a 2 roundel rating, no more.

Readers may say I should have researched more. But seeing the FREEDOM TRAIL has over a dozen stops which makes intense research of each very time consuming - and seeing nothing I read mentioned the onerous security checks, maybe I have done potential visitors a favour.
Written January 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium1,931 contributions
Living history every third Saturday
Sep 2019
We visited this park on September 28. Opposite the entrance of the park is a parking lot. We were lucky. Every third Saturday there is a living history event period 1812 with a surgeon and marines.
After a security check you can enter the visitor center and visit the USS Constitution.
On the ship you can ask questions to members of the crew.
In the constitution museum is no entrance fee per say, but a suggested donation. There is a historic movie and a movie of the crew who sails the ship when not on display.
Written November 18, 2019
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Exnortherner
Delray Beach, FL655 contributions
Great time
Oct 2019
Our family visited the Boston Navy Yard on Saturday and had a great time. We started at the visitors center where we spent time in the small museum and gift shop. We then got to go aboard and tour the USS Constitution. Wow, was that a thrill. As a former Navy man, I was really interested in it’s history and very impressed by its condition. It was especially fun to interact with the active duty Navy personnel who dress in period clothing and answer all questions. After touring the ship, we visited the Constitution museum, which was another great time. Beautifully laid out to give you a real sense of the time and its people. To finish up, we had lunch at Decca (great food). We spent over three hours at the Navy Yard but you can certainly spend more time looking at all there is to see.
Written October 19, 2019
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Chris Newman
18 contributions
US Road trip
Sep 2019
The whole experience of the Navy Yard including the ships, most importantly "Old Ironsides" which was just great. Still a commissioned warship the "Guides" are all serving ratings. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
Written October 17, 2019
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1walking2
Norristown, PA103 contributions
Interesting place to walk around
Oct 2019
You can see the dry dock (with written explanation on it's use), have good views back toward the city. Look at the Commodore's house across the road with all it's rounded "corners" and built by navy personnel. We took the ferry back into the middle of town since we were tired of walking. (tickets available right on the dock and running about every 30 minutes when we were there)
Written October 13, 2019
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deborah r
Belmont, NC1,146 contributions
History
Oct 2019 • Couples
Interesting museum that is very child friendly. The dry dock had a lot of information and the ship was beautiful. Security and scanning before you enter the visitor center. Bathrooms available and gift shop.
Written October 10, 2019
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Simply Heartfelt
Titusville, FL741 contributions
Lots to explore
Aug 2019
The Charlestown Navy Yard consists of the USS Constitution, USS Cassin, the USS Constitution Museum, a visitor center, a restaurant (Decca), and the dry docks. There is so much to explore. Everything is free. Donations are accepted at the museum. There is a security check to get into the visitor center and the USS Constitution. The visitor center has National Park Passport stamps.
You can climb aboard the Constitution and Cassin. Just check the hours. We were unable to board the Constitution as it was returning to port the morning of our visit.
The Decca (restaurant) has good, reasonably priced food.
There are no picnic tables or benches in the area. There isn't much shade either.
There is a parking garage (Nautica Parking Garage) very close to the Navy Yard. The entrance is on Constitution Road. If you are there for 4 hours or less you can get your ticket validated by the National Park Service and save a few bucks. Otherwise, it is around $22 for the day.
Written October 3, 2019
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Cherylann M
20 contributions
Visit an active naval base and learn about the beginning of a long naval tradition.
Aug 2019
the navy yard is like the past meeting the present, lots to see and learn. Good for family with children and young adults. only thing to realize is there is no parking in Boston so plan on using your own vehicle.
Written September 20, 2019
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ReneeH3
Baltimore, MD188 contributions
Open and relaxing
Sep 2019
The area was very nice and open to be in. The only real distraction was that to get to parking was confusing.
Written September 16, 2019
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S8785RIstevenbscunas
Halifax, UK18 contributions
Awesome Experience
Sep 2019 • Family
If you half-close your eyes you could be in Portsmouth or Devonport dockyards it’s so much like England it feels like home (to this old Matelot anyway) went onboard the USS Constitution which really felt like home then up Bunker Hill to the memorial and a general look-see around the area. A must for families, take the water taxi it’s only a few minutes but the experience is worth it
Written September 9, 2019
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