USS Constitution
USS Constitution
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
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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  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado255 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Big Red Jonson
    Middle Island, New York317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 8 June 2023
  • Peter M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 2 July 2023
  • Amy T
    Charlotte, North Carolina40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • texazcharlie
    McKinney, Texas87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 11 July 2023
  • Shandive
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll worth it. Open everyday till 6!
    The information is totally incorrect on this review. IT IS OPEN EVERYDAY UNTIL 6pm! Free. It’s in incredible shape for well over 200 years old. We jumped on the water taxi for about $3 from the Boston wharf by the aquarium. Great wharf views for $3. You can also just show your Charlie card (transit subway pass) and jump on. Buy tix if needed on the boat not on land.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom123 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
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My wife and I appreciated our tour of the USS Constitution. The ship is really something to see. I was surprised at how short the decks were. I'm only 5'8", and on the lowest deck, my head actually touched the ceiling. You can also see how the sailors and officers lived, where the sailors shared hammocks and the officers (except the captain) had tiny cabins. There were docents dressed as sailors who answered questions, and I got a great picture of one of them.
Written 18 May 2024
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hoben57
Houston, TX84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is cool ship that is a must visit. And it's free. After going through security (be sure to bring ID), you can go onto the ship and explore it many areas and levels. It's under constant restoration and maintenance which allows you to see the work in action making it an interesting visit. Go down into the lower two decks but watch your head because the stairs and support beams make for some great head knockers. We chatted with a couple of the folks on duty there who were friendly and informative. A true gem.
Written 11 May 2024
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SeattleCrackers
Edmonds, WA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is one of the best sites I’ve ever gone to. You get a real good feel for what the ship was like when it was in use. They’ve done a great job of allowing people to see many parts of the ship.
Written 27 April 2024
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
"Old Ironsides" was launched in 1797. Walk the ship to see how sailors ate hardtack, drank grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air. How can you skip this icon? It gives you a great understanding of how life at sea was in the 18th Century.
Written 10 April 2024
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DKMommy
Elkton, MD292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing walking the different levels of this active duty ship. Self-guide tour. Lots of steps below deck. I could only imagine how loud and crowded it was during a battle.
Written 17 February 2024
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Jens Engholm P
Birkerod, Denmark1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Great museum with exhibits that illustrated the role of USS Constitution in the early history of the US Navy. Also interesting guided tour of the ship
Written 11 February 2024
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Marry c
Brooklyn, NY354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I’m a tourist and I do have lots of respect to Americans, specially people who are giving services to the military but last time on 26th November 2023, at 11:30 a.m
I went to USS Constitution in Boston and I was very surprised at the security entrance they have one white soldier working and he is very normal but one another African-American woman on soldiers uniform. She is just sitting there and we walked in she said something I didn’t hear clearly and I said please pardon but without doing anything she start saying something bad words. This is very disrespecting and I feel very bad.
I don’t know who is in charge of this place, I want to tell you that, you should not keep this type of African-American women at this service. Her face is representative of American Military.

They have another lady soldier inside the USS Cassin Young, she is very warm welcoming to everyone. This is what we need.

Honestly inside everything is very interesting and nice people. They have lots of things to learn.

I have only four star because of that security women.
Written 12 December 2023
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Paul S
Oxnard, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I’m a veteran and a history buff, so I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to visit one of America’s most famous naval ships.

USS CONSTITUTION is bethed at the former Charlestown Navy Yard; she’s still considered to be on active duty and is manned by a Navy crew, so before boarding you’ll have to pass through a security checkpoint and screening before proceeding to the ship. In addition to CONSTITUTION, the National Park Service runs a free museum that shares the story of the Charlestown Navy Yard that’s adjacent to the ship, and a short walk away are USS CASSIN YOUNG, a World War II era destroyer also run by NPS and open to visitors free of charge. A museum and gift shop about CONSTITUTION is a slightly longer distance away; it’s run by a non-profit organization and they do charge admission to visit.

CONSTITUTION is beautifully preserved and has exhibits telling visitors of the ship’s history and about life for the officers and sailors onboard during her time as an active warship; the crew are stationed throughout the ship and are happy to answer questions from visitors about the ship and the exhibits.

My family and I had a wonderful time exploring the ship and the NPS museum, as well as CASSIN YOUNG; the crew of CONSTITUTION and the volunteers on CASSIN YOUNG are passionate about their ships, and the museum fascinated my daughter. The Battle of Bunker Hill Monument is only a short walk away, so it’s a nice day out. You can either walk the Freedom Trail from downtown Boston to Charlestown (but leave early to leave time to explore the ship) or you can take the T to the Boston Aquarium station and take a ferry to Charlestown if your time is more limited. Either way, don’t miss the opportunity to explore our country’s naval heritage!
Written 23 November 2023
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Rob G
Bedfordshire, UK96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and the ending to the freedom trail.
Free to enter just go through the xray scanner which is super quick and you're free to wonder around the ship.
Written 20 November 2023
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LBCdovs
New Jersey291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a must see in my eyes. It’s truly a piece of history.

Make sure you come with time and get the ship in, as well as the museum.

Captivating insight into life on those ships way back then.
Written 14 November 2023
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