Boston National Historical Park: Charlestown Navy Yard


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The Charlestown Navy Yard opened in 1800 and supported the US Navy for 174 years.

USS Constitution Museum: We figured we’d skip the museum and just go on the ships…I am glad we didn’t skip it and visited the museum first. The exhibits on the ground floor did a great job of explaining the dry dock and some of the history. The second floor was interactive and brought to life for kids what it was like to be a sailor on the Constitution during the war of 1812 and why this ship is so important to America. Admission is by donation. Admission to the actual ship is free… just go wait on the security line. Admission to the WWII era USS Cassin Young is also free…it’s tucked further back next dock over.

IMG_0270USS Constitution: We waited on line for about 15 minutes to get through security screening. Old Ironsides was undergoing restoration during our visit, but stepping aboard this 200-year-old symbol of American independence was a humbling experience. There are Naval officers on board to answer visitors questions. This ship is still commissioned in the Navy and is the oldest commissioned vessel still afloat.

IMG_0248USS Cassin Young: WWII Destroyer. There was less security to get through for this ship and there were more areas inside to explore

Location: 114 16th St, Charlestown, MA 02129

Designation: National Historical Park

Date designation declared: 1975

Date of my visit: 7/15/2015