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Charlestown Navy Yard Tours

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Charlestown Navy Yard
Dating back to 1800, Charlestown Navy Yard was among the most prolific, historic, and vital navy yards in U.S. history. It served as the home of many of the nation's elite warships for the purposes of resupply, maintenance, retrofitting, and service.

The navy yard's most critical role was during America's two largest wars before it closed for good in 1974. From the beginning, Charlestown Navy Yard remained a pioneer of shipbuilding technology and served as a center for electronics and missile conversions. During its almost 175-year history, its staff constructed, christened, and launched over 200 ships and serviced thousands more.

After its closing, thirty acres of the yard were earmarked as part of Boston National Historical Park.  Today, the U.S. National Park Service oversees this most critical portion of the shipyard. In addition, as part of their overall program, the USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young combine to represent Boston's rich, almost 200-year history of ship building.

As a bonus, the Boston Marine Society can also be found at Charlestown Navy Yard. Marine history buffs will appreciate this as the world's oldest association of sea captains, in operation since 1742. Admission is free and visitors are invited to stop by Building 32 – home to a noteworthy collection of historical art, artifacts and a small library of books.

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Admission is free, with guided tours every 30 minutes. Hours are: April 1-September 30: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m.; October 1-October 31: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; November 1-March 31: Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: 1 1st Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02129, USA
Hours: April 1-September 30: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m.; October 1-October 31: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; November 1-March 31: Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Charlestown Navy Yard

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Boston Harbor Cruise to the USS Constitution & Navy Yard

Boston Harbor Cruise to the USS Constitution & Navy Yard

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Explore one of Boston’s most cherished landmarks, the historic USS Constitution, on this 45-minute cruise to see America’s Ship of State. Get up close and personal with "Old Ironsides," including the option to take a tour of the famous ship and USS Constitution Museum. Also on this tour, see Bunker Hill Monument, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Old North Church. This seasonal cruise operates from April to November only.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.25
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Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Freedom Trail Tour

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Get to know Boston on a private 3-hour drive along the Freedom Trail, which crosses through 16 historical locations key to the founding of the United States. Head to landmarks including the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Paul Revere House, among others. Then take the Charlestown Bridge to the USS Constitution and view the Bunker Hill Monument. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with your own private driver-guide who shares live commentary about the sights. You select which stops along the Freedom Trail you would like to see, create your own itinerary with this unique, self-guided tour! Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.92
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$267.92
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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Take an evening cruise on Boston Harbor to watch the sunset from the water. Glide out to the Old North Church and Historic Site, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and the USS Cassin Young. As a bonus, listen to the cannon fire of the USS Constitution, which marks the sunset each night.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.67
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Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Disembark your ship and take a short walk from Cruiseport Boston to explore the best the city has to offer—a hop-on hop-off tour of Beantown. Visit Boston’s top attractions on a loop around town. Get to know the city, on your own, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.25
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Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

Private 3-Hour Boston Movie and TV Tour

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Discover the cinematic side of Boston on a 3-hour tour with your own private driver-guide. See the filming sites for movies and TV shows such as 'Mystic River,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'Cheers' in a deluxe private vehicle. Drive through the West End, North Boston, South Boston, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston, and pass landmarks like the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$267.92
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Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston with an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This 3-hour expedition on Boston Harbor features a three-course meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sun set, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun in the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.77
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Boston Odyssey Brunch Cruise

Boston Odyssey Brunch Cruise

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Cruise Boston Harbor aboard a luxury yacht, complete with superb city views and a buffet brunch featuring both breakfast and lunch offerings. For 2-hours you'll explore the waters from Rowes Wharf to the Charlestown Naval Yard and back, sailing past sights such as Castle Island and Boston Light. Spend some time enjoying the yacht's three climate-controlled decks or dancing to the sounds of a live DJ mix. There's even a glass of complimentary champagne following castoff.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.60
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Tour de Boston Bike Tour (Great for families)

Tour de Boston Bike Tour (Great for families)

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Take a leisurely ride through Boston on the on this 2.5-hour cycling tour. Take in the Boston skyline, ride along the banks of the Charles River, and learn about Cambridge and Boston's history through your guide's commentary. Suitable for families with young children, this tour includes use of bike and helmet.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.75
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Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

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Make this holiday season one to remember with this cocoa and carols holiday cruise on Boston Harbor. With dates offered throughout November and December, you can add a magical touch to your holiday, and easily find a date that works for you. Plus, you’ll cruise the harbor aboard a 1920s-style yacht with live music and a complimentary cup of cocoa to sip on as you take in beautiful views of Boston.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$49.07
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Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

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Enjoy a three-course gourmet brunch on this scenic Fall Foliage cruise around Boston Harbor and Harbor Islands. Set sail aboard the Northern Lights at Rowes Wharf and settle in for a buffet filled with eggs Benedict, waffles, bacon, fresh fruit, dessert and more. View popular Boston highlights such as Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution, Old North Church, and Castle Island. This brunch cruise offers a great overview of Boston and a lovely morning on the water. Your party will be assigned seating at a table for your size, please contact us if your party is larger than 6 persons We are dedicated to stopping the spread of Covid-19 and have taken many precautions to keep our guests and crew safe. Plexiglass barriers are now installed in front of the buffet and an employee will serve guests. In addition our HVAC system has been upgraded with MERV filters. Guests will be required to don face coverings until they are seated. All tables are separated with 6 feet of clearance.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$74.67
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Charlestown Navy Yard hours of operation?
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Charlestown Navy Yard hours of operation: April 1-September 30: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m.; October 1-October 31: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; November 1-March 31: Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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