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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Neighborhood: 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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  • 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California248 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 July 2, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 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 July 11, 2023
  • Shandive
    23 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom126 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 August 6, 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 August 14, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
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charlieg71
Lexington, SC190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed touring this ship. It is free (make sure to bring a government-issued ID if you are over the age of 18). You can climb up and down the decks to view the different parts of the ship and there is some limited signage to explain what you are looking at.

One of the most disappointing parts of this site was the personnel. The ship is advertised as being staffed by US Naval personnel who are there to answer your questions. We found that the young sailors were very uninterested in answering any questions at all and were far more interested in talking amongst themselves. We watched young children try to engage them and ask questions, but they were just brushed off or completely ignored. One young female sailor answered questions with sarcasm instead of actual information, which is difficult for young children to understand.

The notable exception was the older gentleman who was on the very bottom deck where the sleeping quarters were. He was a large, tall man and was very engaging, knowledgeable, and willing to answer visitors’ questions.

The ship is definitely worth a visit for the historical value. But the young sailors assigned to the ship need to be retrained on how to engage with the public.
Written June 22, 2024
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JOANIE S
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed it because of the history. Big enough that 2 school groups didn’t matter were there at the same time we were. We were able to see a lot on the ship. All of the “Quarters”
Written June 14, 2024
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LovesToTravel31
Rocky River, OH111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It’s free to visit the USS Constitution and its neighbor, the USS Cassin Young. Both are operated by the Park Service—you just need to go through a metal detector. There’s a 10 minute video in the visitor’s center that’s worth watching (plays at the top of each hour). Both ships offer an amazing glimpse into the past, and the dry dock is also worth a peek.
Written May 25, 2024
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Brooke In The Air
Cleveland, OH56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Fantastic piece and icon of naval military history. Deserves to be the USs Ship of State. Tour is self guided or you can ask one of the active duty naval personnel to help guide you through the 3 decks. Unlike other museums, the USS Constitution is staffed and cared for by active duty US naval seamen. Score: 9/10
Written May 25, 2024
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD590 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 May 18, 2024
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hoben57
Houston, TX40 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 May 11, 2024
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SeattleCrackers
Edmonds, WA38 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 April 27, 2024
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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 April 10, 2024
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DKMommy
Elkton, MD300 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 February 17, 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 February 11, 2024
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