USS Constitution
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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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts705 contributions
    Great way to see both early 19th Century American History & naval technology
    The USS Constitution is a great way to see both early 19th Century American history and naval technology by walking through this ship and talking with the US Navy personnel posted to answer tourists' questions. We got to walk through three decks of this warship (the stairs are steep!) and see lots of displays explaining what we were looking at. The ship has a long history, but the concentration is on its role in the War of 1812 and then its place as a historic site since then. This is on Boston's Freedom Trail (near the north end), so it's easy to find.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Traveling with kids
    5 contributions
    Great for families!
    This was a wonderful experience. The kids loved it. The adults loved it. To start it’s free to go in the boat. There are people stationed throughout the ship to answer questions. They are wonderful. The kids really enjoyed exploring the ship. It’s a great way for kids to learn and appreciate history.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • FunnyMagicGuy
    Washington DC, District of Columbia28 contributions
    Worth the visit
    Reading about history pales in comparison to experiencing it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a quick tour is worth a millions. Impressive, humbling and touching wrapped in patriotic pride. Go see it!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 15, 2023
  • jaimeelsabio
    Maryland4,320 contributions
    Check it off the “wanted to see” list
    I’ve grown up with a lager than life image of the USS Constitution in my mind. It was smaller than I anticipated and doesn’t take long to see. There’s only a main deck and one gun deck. There is a second deck but it didn’t have any exhibits. While there, visit the destroyer at the next pier over. Both are very much worth visiting.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado194 contributions
    History Up close
    We were there in May, and there was NO line. We could read and see everything for as long as we wanted. The docents were very knowledgeable and willing to answer any question, adding interesting anecdotes. Certainly if you like military history, this is for you.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Big Red Jonson
    Middle Island, New York303 contributions
    A National treasure
    "Old Ironsides" was never defeated in battle. She is the oldest ship in the world still afloat. She is still commissioned by the U.S.Navy, with a crew of active duty sailors who are very pleasant and interesting to speak with, eager to tell the ship's history and answer all questions. It is reassuring to know our country is served by such outstanding and dedicated young service men and women. We felt tremendous national pride visiting the USS Constitution!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Peter M
    4 contributions
    Easy City to walk around
    Stayed downtown near the start of the Freedom Trail. City is easy to walk around. We spent a day walking the Freedom Trail including going on board the USS Constitution which was also good (and free). We spent the 2nd day whale watching and saw quite a few. Food and drink around the city was also great.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California249 contributions
    An amazing piece of history
    The best way to describe it is “a window into time”…… in this case, an old yet functioning warship from the late 1700’s that is still in commission in the US Navy. The ship is docked and is open for tourists to explore and meander around. The ship is clean, well restored, and well maintained. There are three levels that are open with active sailors on each level, assigned to the Constitution available to answer questions. You’ll likely spend no more than an hour on board the ship. Interesting notes, check out where the sailor sleep. Ask about the cannons worked/functioned. Inquire about where they used the restroom. Also, the below level decks are not high….. being 6 foot, I was bending my head quite a bit. Make sure you go to the museum afterwards, definitely worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Amy T
    Charlotte, North Carolina34 contributions
    USS Constitution visit
    Really enjoyed exploring the ship above and belowdecks with the family. Definitely a tight squeeze for taller folks and may be a little claustrophobic for some. Well worth the trip to climb around the ship.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • texazcharlie
    McKinney, Texas89 contributions
    Undefeated in battle - great old ship
    Lots of history here. Loved touring the ship. Not for everyone if you have mobility issues since there are very steep stairs leading down into the ship's three levels. Also, I am 6-foot-1 and had to stoop over the entire time below deck (guess everyone was short in the 1800s). Amazing ship and so well built. Be sure to check out the captain's quarters then compare that to how the crewmen lived. The visitor's center is worth a look as it details how rope was made and other details about the ship plus a gift shop and restrooms. Dry dock nearby is interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
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Connie C
Dallas, TX784 contributions
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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random_tangent
Mountain View, CA64 contributions
Oct 2021
The USS Constitution is a gorgeous ship that has been well maintained. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable. They took time to explain the history of the ship including how life was for the sailors who manned her two centuries ago.
It's a must-see if you have interest in the Navy, tall-ships, or history.
Written October 11, 2021
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L Thompson
Chicago, IL111 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Such a cool piece of history alive in Boston. The ship is huge and there are so many things to see on board. Even navy sailors are on board to answer questions. The boat is free and the museum has a suggested donation entrance fee of $10+. The museum was super interactive for children and even kept my 16 yr old brother entertained! Overall, so much information and a great part of history to learn about in Boston.
Written June 22, 2022
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SteveCindyUSA
Medford, OR95 contributions
Jul 2021
This ship is a US Navy commissioned war ship from the 1700's. The Navy personell can answer your questions. The ship is very cool This still take it out to sail few times a year and fire the cannons. MUST SEE SteveCindy, Oregon, USA
Written July 28, 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS3,053 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
The USS Constitution was built in the shipyard in the North End of Boston. It was launched in Boston in 1797. The newly formed United States realized that they now had a need to protect their shores. It is the oldest commissioned warship afloat. The greatest glory for Constitution, came during the War of 1812. The Constitution's crew defeated four British frigates during three separate engagements. In battle, the USS Constitution earned the nickname "Old Ironsides" because it appeared as if enemy cannonballs could not penetrate the ship's strong oak hull. The USS Constitution is one of the last stops on the Historic Freedom Trail, and definitely worth the walk to explore the historic ship and nearby museum!
Written June 29, 2022
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,739 contributions
Aug 2022
Access to the ship was easy, security tries to make it a quick but safe process, it is an active US Navy Ship so it still gets the security in addition to a historic ship. The museum about the ship was very diverse, not real interactive for kids but if you like to read the panels and learn about the shipyard it has about 30-60 minutes of content.

The ship itself is fun to be aboard, but limited to the main deck and the gun deck below. Just a couple panels to read on each deck so you do not get a lot of history or content beyond those signs. There are crew members in costume and if you engage them you may get some additional information.

A greater environment could be created with some activities for visitors (knot tying or engaging stories from crew). But if you appreciate the history of the ship and what it meant to a growing nation it is neat to stand on the decks and be amazed with the rigging required to operate a sailing ship of the US Navy.
Written August 22, 2022
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Jennifer O
Fords, NJ158 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Very interesting to see the ship up close. There are guides throughout the ship available to answer questions and tell stories. Make sure you go below deck! There were tarps covering the openings to the ladders so it was easy to miss if you didn’t know it was there. Be very careful going down, the stairs are steep and the roof is low so don’t hit your head!
Written April 22, 2022
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On the Flight!
McKinney, TX25 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Very impressed with this ship! The workmanship was incredible.
We did not go into the museum by the dock because they required masks. :-(
The museum by the dry dock was nice but they required a "donation" just to use the bathroom. :-(
Still worth stopping by and learning about the history behind this ship.
Written June 18, 2022
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,838 contributions
Jul 2021
It was just about 30 years ago when I walked the Freedom Trail and ended up at the USS Constitution. At that time it really wasn't much to look at. The top deck was strewn with various things and appeared they were getting ready to get ready to restore the ship. There was no one else around.
Fast forward to July 2021, entrance is controlled next to the museum. You receive a lecture before they let a group of 15 or so at a time walk over and board the ship. The biggest difference is that the ship has been restored to incredible beauty. WOW! this was so cool! Not only the top deck looked like the ship was ready to sail out of the harbor, there are 3 lower decks to walk around in as well. Anyone new to visiting Boston, or has not been here for many years, this visit is a must see.
Written August 23, 2021
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Bill C
Severna Park, MD54 contributions
Oct 2021
We toured the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, a fast 44-gun Frigate that fought in the War of 1812, as well as the Visitors Center next to it. Both are free, but you do have to go through security to get in which requires showing an ID (why, I have no idea). The ship is still an active duty ship in tthe U.S. Navy, and is crewed by U.S. Naval personnel. They are on board in period costume and love to answer any question you may have. The ship itself is in great condition and immaculately maintained. A real showboat. The Visitors Center is more about the history of the Charleston Navy Yard which is interesting. To get a detailed history of the ship, go to the USS Constitution Museum across the yard (100 yards away). It is excellent. Admission fee is optional. They suggest $15 and it is well worth it. Visiting the USS Constitution is a must-do if in Boston.
Written October 4, 2021
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