The USS Constitution, lovingly called "Old Ironsides," was pieced together at a Boston shipyard and launched in 1797. A spectacular vessel, the ship was a fine-tuned machine built to withstand the rigors of water and warfare. Surviving the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, worldwide voyages, and rugged Navy training, Old Ironsides was brought back to Boston by Massachusetts Senator John Fitzgerald; its original grandeur restored in the late 1920s.

The U.S. Navy continues to maintain and operate the ship, which is open to the public for tours and sails as a reminder of America's maritime history.

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Family Review of USS Constitution

Away Travel Expert: Steve Jermanok
FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Expect tours from Navy enlisted personnel, not tour guides.
  • "Old Ironsides" still sails out to sea July 4.

Charlestown Navy Yard
Pier 1 (24 5th St.)
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129-1797
Parking: Summer: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; winter: Thursday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Price: Tours and special events are free of charge.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 617-242-5670
Fax: 617-242-0614
Transportation: T: Ferry from Long Wharf; Green/Orange Line to North Station
Neighborhood: Charlestown
Price Information: Tours and special events are free of charge.
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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