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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  • jaimeelsabio
    Maryland4,321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check it off the “wanted to see” list
    I’ve grown up with a lager than life image of the USS Constitution in my mind. It was smaller than I anticipated and doesn’t take long to see. There’s only a main deck and one gun deck. There is a second deck but it didn’t have any exhibits. While there, visit the destroyer at the next pier over. Both are very much worth visiting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado206 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 York303 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
    4 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
    California260 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 Carolina34 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, Texas89 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
    17 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 Kingdom129 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
    35 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
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH184 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, MD299 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, Denmark2 contributions
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, NY27 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, CA6 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 Jersey296 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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luckyv
Coldwater, OH145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was a great stop on our tour of Boston. The museum was very interesting and touring through the ship itself was a cool experience. I would definitely recommend this stop for both adults and kids.
Written 8 November 2023
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ybqueen
Centreville, VA43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband greatly enjoyed touring the ship itself. The uniformed Navy personnel were very helpful and friendly.

What? Unfortunately, the process to get in was not ideal. You had to have photo ID and your bags would be searched. When we entered there were three security guards in charge. One of them spent all of her time stuffing spaghetti into her mouth and did not even look at our photo ID. The other two spoke very rudely to and about three people who obviously were not born in the United States as they went through, and kept chattering among themselves while barking orders We were really put off by that unprofessional behavior.

When we went into the museum for the ship itself, there was a desk for National Park service. Rather than have anyone greet visitors, the two people standing there just kept talking among themselves for the entire time we were in there.

The display within that museum was very nice. This ship is a national treasure, and anyone working there should present themselves more appropriately.
Written 1 November 2023
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Rashae Williams
Yardley, PA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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.
Written 21 October 2023
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