USS Constitution
USS Constitution
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quick but impressive visit
    We visited the USS Constitution while we were doing the freedom trail. It is a very impressive sight and very popular with families. You can also visit the USS Cassin Young destroyer which is 100 meters away. Children will enjoy the USS Constitution Museum which is also in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Kate D
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    God bless America.
    This was my top pick for Boston sites to see. The active duty sailors were so kind and patient and smart. Sailor Bonnie was so helpful and kind. Being able to fly the flag over the boat and take it home was a highlight for my husband on our trip to Boston. It is a piece of living history that should not be missed. Also, it is free but bring your ID because it is still part of the US Navy. You do have to walk through a metal detector as well before touring the ship. You will be able to go 2 decks below the main deck and that was amazing. Thank you US Navy and God bless America.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • LAC
    85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for naval history buffs
    An amazing ship, well preserved and staffed with guides to answer any questions. It is amazing what you can learn from history, and this ship has it in spades. Might be difficult for some elderly or disabled to get down below decks, but it is fascinating to check out and learn about it's many battles and victories.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Michelle S
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day
    We visited whilst selected & nominated US navy officers were undertaking specific training on the ship. What an amazing experience to see up close. All staff and personnel were so approachable and friendly, even with bayonets & muskets in their hands! Absolutely enthralling experience
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful to visit when you are in the neighbourhood
    It's a beautiful old ship, located well with Boston harbour in the background . We visited it shortly, no guided tour. Entry was free. We passed by coming from bunker hill and visited afterwards the USS Cassin Young at the other side of the dock as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • 09robbins
    Swanley, United Kingdom217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting experience
    We went into the Museum first, and this is worth doing, so that you can understand what the ship is all about. Entrance to the museum is by voluntary donation, so you only need to give what you want to. Upon entering the shipyard, you have to put your bags through security & we'd read that you need to show photo ID, but we weren't asked for this. The ship is free to board & very interesting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Rebecca G
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun and Informative History Experience
    A wonderful day spent walking Charlestown was made complete with a visit to the USS Constitution. Excellent displays and interactive activities on the ship and surrounding museum areas. An excellent experience!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • purplevortex
    Charlton, New York67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun even if history isn't your thing.
    I'm no history buff but this was fun nonetheless. If you are claustrophobic, maybe not for you - at least the lower levels. Surprisingly a lot to see and they did a great job displaying so it doesn't have a "museum" feel so much as an experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • nanaof1boy3girls
    Layton, Utah314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic
    The hubby wanted to go on this ship. It is totally worth it. It doesn't cost anything to go so it. It was nice walking around and going on the different levels. The one draw back is if you are over 6 foot going below deck might not be for you. Hubby is 6'5" and had to walk hunched over most of the time.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Rashae Williams
    Yardley, Pennsylvania42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time, loved our experience!
    We came with our 8 month old, they don't allow strollers on the ship, but we carried her and loved exploring! Really awesomes guides there that answered our questions, and going up and down the levels was fun (just be careful when passing the baby down, the steps are steep). We came in the middle of the week on an October morning and it was pretty busy, lots of school kids, but not too packed on the ship.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 October 2023
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Connie C
Dallas, TX806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 19 June 2021
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random_tangent
Mountain View, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 October 2021
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L Thompson
Chicago, IL113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 22 June 2022
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SteveCindyUSA
Medford, OR137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 28 July 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 29 June 2022
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,738 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 August 2022
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Jennifer O
Fords, NJ186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 April 2022
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On the Flight!
McKinney, TX41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 18 June 2022
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 23 August 2021
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Bill C
Severna Park, MD55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 October 2021
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