Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown Navy Yard
4.5
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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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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  • Lee L
    Valhalla, New York1,920 contributions
    Home of the USS Constitution
    The Charlestown Navy Yard is the last stop on the Freedom Trail. It is the home of the oldest US Naval Ship the USS Constitution. There are several things here you can visit. First stop at the Park Service Visitors Center which has exhibits on the history of the Navy Yard and the Constitution. You then walk out from there to go and visit the Constitution. After visiting the ship, you can walk across the way to visit the USS Constitution Museum which deals with the building, the storied career and how the Constitution was saved from being decommissioned and demolished. You can also walk further up and visit the USS Cassin Young a WWII Destroyer that you can walk around and check out.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,563 contributions
    Interesting museum of Navy Yard history
    The museum should be the first stop in order to see the history of the Charlestown Navy Yard and see how they built various items needed on ships throughout the years. Starts in the Colonial days and continues past WW2. Then you can wander a few of the docks to see leftover equipment.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 16 March 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts667 contributions
    Great location for historic ships, buildings & naval technology
    The Charlestown Navy Yard is a great location for viewing historic ships, buildings & naval technology. In addition to the USS Constitution, there's a WW2 destroyer (USS Cassim Young) that's open in the summer. The former dry dock shows off the technology used to repair ships (such as the Constitution). enjoy walking around after viewing there famous ships.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 April 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,239 contributions
    Nice place to visit - good history
    This is one of the place tour busses drop off people as well as where the Freedom Trail will lead you. This area is ran by the park service. It is a great place to see the USS Constitution Museum, the USS Constitution, and the USS Cassin Young. All of these are free. If you have children they may enjoy it. Climbing in some instances are involved. It is a good place to spend a couple of hours and get a little bit of history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
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Rob G
Bedfordshire, UK95 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
You can easily spend a good few hours here ship's museum and more to see.
Can get water shuttkebto and fron here so it's nice and easy to get to.
Written 20 November 2023
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BlackRoseCher
Malibu, CA344 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Awesome navel yard and museum. Awesome museum and great history on the USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young. You can walk and talk to guides on both ships.
Written 2 November 2023
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,239 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is one of the place tour busses drop off people as well as where the Freedom Trail will lead you. This area is ran by the park service. It is a great place to see the USS Constitution Museum, the USS Constitution, and the USS Cassin Young. All of these are free. If you have children they may enjoy it. Climbing in some instances are involved. It is a good place to spend a couple of hours and get a little bit of history.
Written 26 October 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,702 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very large yard. The USS Constitution and the museum are located here. There’s lots to see. Bring your comfortable shoes.
Written 28 August 2023
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Oliver T
Blaine, MN177 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice to learn about the history of naval operations during the revolutionary war and after. Definitely worth seeing. It’s free
Written 30 July 2023
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA667 contributions
Apr 2023
The Charlestown Navy Yard is a great location for viewing historic ships, buildings & naval technology. In addition to the USS Constitution, there's a WW2 destroyer (USS Cassim Young) that's open in the summer. The former dry dock shows off the technology used to repair ships (such as the Constitution). enjoy walking around after viewing there famous ships.
Written 5 April 2023
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,563 contributions
Aug 2022
The museum should be the first stop in order to see the history of the Charlestown Navy Yard and see how they built various items needed on ships throughout the years. Starts in the Colonial days and continues past WW2. Then you can wander a few of the docks to see leftover equipment.
Written 16 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ali68Kent
United Kingdom110 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a great place to visit. Spent an afternoon here. So interesting and informative
And the added bonus is it is entirely free to visit
Written 11 January 2023
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY1,920 contributions
Nov 2022
The Charlestown Navy Yard is the last stop on the Freedom Trail. It is the home of the oldest US Naval Ship the USS Constitution.

There are several things here you can visit. First stop at the Park Service Visitors Center which has exhibits on the history of the Navy Yard and the Constitution. You then walk out from there to go and visit the Constitution.

After visiting the ship, you can walk across the way to visit the USS Constitution Museum which deals with the building, the storied career and how the Constitution was saved from being decommissioned and demolished.

You can also walk further up and visit the USS Cassin Young a WWII Destroyer that you can walk around and check out.
Written 17 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX443 contributions
Sep 2022
It may be mostly known for being the home of the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young, but the Charleston Navy Yard's own history is worth a look as well.
We found the Nautica parking garage to be extremely convenient to park, being only about 100 yards from the main entrance.
The Navy Yard itself does not charge admission. It has its own visitors center (with public restrooms) with exhibits about its history. But to be honest, we made only a perfunctory pass through it, wanting to see the ships foremost.
Other features one can see in the yard: a rather small stone or concrete drydock (with interpretive plaques), an old inactive shipyard mobile crane, and to the north across the road, the attractive Commandant's House (sadly, not open to the public, we were told).
Note: it appears that both "Charleston Navy Yard" and "Boston Navy Yard" are names used for this installation.
Written 29 October 2022
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