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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Mallory T
Russellville, AR174 contributions
Fun and Free
Jun 2021 • Friends
This was an interesting stop. It was free and the ship is in great condition. There were US Navy members aboard the ship and they were available to help and answer questions. Great, free activity. It was a bit of a walk to get there to be ready for that, especially when it’s hot!
Written June 20, 2021
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Connie C
Dallas, TX704 contributions
Well worth the tour
Jun 2021 • Couples
We walked from Bunker Hill to this area. That said, we came in through the back instead of the main entrance. You have to show ID and go through security to get to tour the ship. Fully vaccinated people aren’t required to wear masks. A person in costume greets you first and explains what to expect going aboard. It is an awesome ship, loved it. It is beautifully maintained. Being seniors we decided not to go below deck as the ladders are steep. There were a number of costumed people on board to explain how the ship faired. Deboarding we noticed all the jelly fish in the water around the ship, just interesting.
Written June 19, 2021
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Joe E
Farmington, MN36 contributions
USS Constitution
Jun 2021 • Family
Highly recommend piece of US History!! Was able to go below deck. Not easy if your not nimble going down steps. Plenty of other areas to visit while on board. We had 5 teenagers and they liked it. Also can get your passport stamped!!
Written June 13, 2021
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Bunmaster2014
Boca Raton, FL6,796 contributions
STILL A COMMISSIONED SHIP.
Apr 2021 • Solo
Don't miss this legendary ship. It's still a commissioned ship of our Navy and the oldest commissioned ship in the world. Navy personnel attend to the ship. It (she) has an illustrious history going back over 200 years. Touring the Constitution is taking a trip back into the past.
Written April 18, 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL126 contributions
A Personal Dream Come True
Oct 2020
Whenever we decided we were coming to Boston on vacation, I was over-the-moon to plan a trip to see the U.S.S. Constitution in real life.

As a lover of history, especially when it comes to U.S. History, I was like a kid in a candy store here in Boston. Seeing as though I live in Florida, I have an absolute affinity for all things nautical including ships, pirates, explorers, etc. One unique part of American history is our original build up and launching of the U.S. Navy.

This ship here is the oldest commissioned Naval vessel still afloat and in operation. Originally launching in 1797, Old-Ironsides has been a staple in fighting oppressors and weaving through the young history of this country.

Now to jump into it, the tour of the ship is FREE. Right off the bat, it's an excellent value. You have a tour guide who is an active duty sailor stationed as part of their deployment (if that's the correct terminology to use). They take you up to the top deck, giving you the general history of the ship, what tasks are still done to maintain this active ship as well as allow opportunities to grab some photos. You then continue to the second deck where all the cannons are stationed where additional information and history is given, as well as Q&A for others wanting to know more. Once finished, you do make your way back up to the top deck where you proceed to exit the boat. Now overall, the ship does not take a very long time to get through. Each guide will make it longer or shorter depending on their abilities and the activeness of the group.

Once you've exited the ship, there is an actual museum that you can pay for separately that will give you a more in-depth history of the ship, the wars it's been involved in and the post war uses over its 200+ year life span.

I'll do the museum review separately, however overall this is something I personally loved and would certainly recommend. It may not be worth it for all individuals, however if you are a lover of American, Nautical or Military history, this is an amazing stop on your trip.

Recommended for Adults (young and old) and families with kids old enough to more so appreciate (or at least somewhat understand) the importance of the ship.
Written January 17, 2021
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Rita V
Hudson, MA786 contributions
Small, yet impressive
Aug 2020
If you are a Navy buff, this is part of your DNA. If you are a history buff, this is a piece of your puzzle. If you are simply a curious tourist, this is a stop in discovering many historical gems that make New England, and Boston so unique.
Written November 21, 2020
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trophywest
Redding, CA452 contributions
An Iconic Tour
Oct 2020
We had to visit Old Ironsides as it is something that symbolizes the US. Tour guides were in period costume & had a pretty good grasp on how things worked on board ship. Worth seeing.
Written October 17, 2020
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TranzorZ1985
Chicago, IL212 contributions
What a ship!
Oct 2019
A great ship. This ship was built before the 1800s. It served in the War od 1812,
The most interesting part was the several decks of cannon. It was really cool to see the various types of cannon used by the ship. You can go below deck and see some of the crew quarters.
If you like sailing ships, history especially naval history, you will like this ship.
I recommend visiting this ship.
Written September 30, 2020
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rafrew
Townsville, Australia93 contributions
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would
Oct 2019
Entry to the USS Constitution museum is cheap but well worth it. After visiting the museum we headed outdoors to go onboard the USS Constitution. As this is an active naval vessel, we had to go through security. No problem though. We were given a tour of the ship which I must say, I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
Written September 29, 2020
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Eileen B
Wheaton, IL182 contributions
Boston Visit
Sep 2020
It is free to tour the ship. They are only taking groups of 25 people at a time and each tour is 30 minutes long.. Be prepared to stand in the sun too. Worth the visit especially for kids.
Written September 10, 2020
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