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A wonderful tourist attraction at the end point of the Freedom Trail. If you have photo ID you may visit the boat free of charge. The vessel is stunning: it is really big, very beautiful and very old, built in 1797. If you have any...More
The visit to the USS Constitution was simply amazing to see how first hand the conditions sailors in those days had to live and work in ..... not for me for sure!
During our walk around the Freedom Trail we saw details of sailors from...More
We visited on a wet and miserable Thursday afternoon so manoeuvring around parts of this amazing vessel were a bit tricky but we enjoyed it nevertheless. So much so that we returned on a dry sunny day to have another look and I’m so glad...More
If you're into old ships or history then this would likely be a 4 or 5 for you.
I've been on these sorts of things a few times and frankly find them boring as all heck. The top decks are nice then you...More
The tour of the ship was excellent. The shipmen were all too happy to share stories of the ship and their tour. It was historic and a place not to miss while in Boston. Loved the tour of all the levels and seeing what the...More
This is the oldest battle ship still being used. It was fun to explore and hear details. There were young men dressed in navy uniforms who work on the ship. They were very knowledgeable and did a great job answering questions. Everyone has to go...More
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.
We just visited there a couple weeks ago, and the answer is, "it depends" on what you choose to do between those two attractions. First, the USS CONSTITUTION is there, but not yet open (as of our visit on Friday, July 28... More
We just visited there a couple weeks ago, and the answer is, "it depends" on what you choose to do between those two attractions. First, the USS CONSTITUTION is there, but not yet open (as of our visit on Friday, July 28). It had just returned from the shipyards, and the ship was still closed. It may have re-opened since then. If it is closed, you will only be able to do a "walk-by" which will only take you a few minutes. The museum nearby is good for a 30-40 minute visit as well, with lots of interesting stuff inside.
From the USS CONSTITUTION up to the Bunker Hill site & monument will take you a good ten minute walk, all uphill, so leave a little time for that in your equation. Then, once you get up the hill, it all depends on what you want to do. There is a great re-enactment speaker dressed in period clothes, who will speak for about 15-20 minutes. There follows an exhibition on firing the muskets of the day which is another 5-10 minutes. If you care to walk up the almost-300 steps of the monument itself for the view, add another 15 minutes (assuming that you are in shape).
So in summary, two hours much be a bit rushed, but it could be done if you didn't stop too long at any one attraction. BTW, if the CONSTITUTION is still closed, there is a destroyer at the pier, the USS CASSIN YOUNG (spelling?) that you can board and tour, so that may be on interest as well. (Then again, I am a retired Navy Captain, so these things interest me perhaps more than most.)
I hope you enjoy your day there!
There is usually enough parking in garages but try street parking first. Meters ARE in effect everyday EXCEPT Sunday's and holidays. Max parking at meters ... 2 hours. There are some free, no meter spaces but READ THE... More
There is usually enough parking in garages but try street parking first. Meters ARE in effect everyday EXCEPT Sunday's and holidays. Max parking at meters ... 2 hours. There are some free, no meter spaces but READ THE SIGNS...if the space is assigned to a condo building you will be towed.