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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Boston by Patricia Harris, Jonathan Schultz, David Lyon

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Charlestown Navy Yard

Some of the most storied battleships in American naval history began life at Charlestown Navy Yard. Established in 1800 as one of the country’s first naval yards, Charlestown remained vital to US security until its decommissioning in 1974. From the 200-year-old wooden-hulled USS Constitution to the World War II-era steel destroyer USS Cassin Young, the yard gives visitors an all-hands-on-deck historical experience unparalleled in America.

Visitors’ Center

  • Building Number 5

  • 617 242 5601

  • www.nps.gov/bost

  • North Station (green & orange lines)

Water shuttle from Long Wharf

Bunker Hill Monument

  • Open 9am– 5pm daily; last climb 4:30pm

Naval Yard Visitors’ Center

  • Open 9am–5pm daily

USS Cassin Young

  • Open Jul–Aug: 10am–5pm ...

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