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USS Constitution Tours

USS Constitution
Built in 1797 and named by George Washington, the 3-masted USS Constitution frigate in Boston is the US Navy’s oldest commissioned ship and one of the world’s oldest warships. Visitors can go aboard the ship, docked at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard and restored to its original glory, to explore an important slice of US history.
 
The Basics 
Visitors can look around the ship’s top deck and two lower decks on free self-guided tours. Step onto the vessel—often known by the nickname Old Ironsides—and ask the naval crew members any questions you wish: They’re primed to provide information about the ship and its past. Aside from roaming the decks, you can also visit the nearby USS Constitution Museum to trace the vessel’s history in detail.
 
One of the attractions on Boston’s Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution is a fixture on most city tours, be they by air-conditioned vehicle, foot, trolley car, or bike. The ship is also a star attraction on almost all Boston Harbor cruises, so you can admire it from the water against the city skyline. Options include daytime cruises that stop to let you go on board, and drinks-and-dinner cruises that pass the ship during the daily sunset firing of its cannons—a famous Boston ritual.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The USS Constitution is a must-visit for history, maritime, and military buffs.
  • A passport or other photo ID is required to board the ship.
  • Be ready to climb down steep ladders if you want to explore below the top deck.
  • While the ship is not wheelchair-accessible, the nearby museum is.
 
How to Get There
Charlestown Navy Yard is in the Boston National Historical Park in Boston Harbor. By car from downtown, take the Charlestown Bridge and turn right onto Chelsea Street.  Alternatively, ride the subway to North Station or one of the regular shuttle boats from Long Wharf to the yard. 
 
When to Get There
The ship gets busy in summer and on weekends, so arrive early to beat the sometimes long lines. The ship’s twice-daily cannon salute takes place at around 8am and sunset.
 
Must-Sees on the USS Constitution
Once aboard the USS Constitution, make sure you see all the highlights. Visit the gun deck to see the rows of original cannons, and check out the original sleeping quarters—complete with hammocks—for a glimpse of the cramped conditions endured by the crews at sea. 
Address: Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129, USA
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Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Boston Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Start your tour at 200 Atlantic Avenue (end of Marriott Longwharf Hotel). Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this trolley tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston's North End

Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Enjoy some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour. Stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods, including, appropriately, Little Italy on the North End. Walk along the Freedom Trail that leads to 16 historically significant sites, like Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and the USS ‘Constitution,’ to name a few. Visit some of Boston's best pizzerias and enjoy a slice at each. It’s a fun and flavorful way to get to know Boston.
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  • 2 hours
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Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, almost 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

Historic Discovery Guided Boston Mini-Bus Tour

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Boston is a city rich in early American history, with legends dating back to the Revolutionary War. To uncover the city's storied past—from the Boston Tea Party to the ride of Paul Revere—no traveler should miss this history-packed packed, daylong sightseeing tour. Explore Boston, Cambridge, and Lexington, and see historic locations on the Freedom Trail. Enjoy lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, at your own expense, and end your day with a visit to an old warship, the USS Constitution.
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  • 7 hours
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Spirit of Boston Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Spirit of Boston Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston on an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This expedition on Boston Harbor features an all-you-can-eat buffet meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sunset, 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 inside the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

Go Boston Explorer City Pass: Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass. Save big off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, USS Constitution Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and much more. An included guidebook helps design the perfect itinerary. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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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
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time and do so at a pace you will enjoy.
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  • 3 hours
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Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Boston North End Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Boston? Our North End scavenger hunt will take you from Long Wharf to Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge through Quincy Market, Old North Church and Paul Revere Mall of course! You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest city in this eastern state of the United States. Its own population is slightly less than 700,000, but its metropolitan area exceeded 4.5 million in 2017. It is a 3-hour self-guided walking tour you complete on your smartphone.
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  • 3 hours
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
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  • 4 hours
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Boston's Freedom Trail, 3 tours in 1, Smart Phone Guided Tour (GPS) - go anytime

Boston's Freedom Trail, 3 tours in 1, Smart Phone Guided Tour (GPS) - go anytime

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WalknTours is your personal tour guide. Pro Narration, theatrically crafted, go anytime. 1 purchase works on 4 devices. 3 Tours in 1. Contactless and social distance friendly. 3 Tours in 1 Experience 1. The Freedom Trail Part 1 - Revolutionary Boston 2. The Freedom Trail Part 2 - The North End 3. The Freedom Trail Part 3 - Charlestown, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution Simply go to the Boston Common Visitors Center, press play and put your phone in your pocket. From there you are guided turn by turn along the revolutionary streets of Boston. Listen on headphones, bluetooth speakers or your phone. What makes this tour special? -The revolutionary narrator is one of a kind. -It's guided by your personal tour guide (AKA the WalknTours technology tour technology) -This is not a fact dumping tour. It's a freedom trail adventure. -Go anytime. Go at your own pace -Great bang for your buck. Get the revolutionary adventure for a fraction of the price of other tours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy Boston from the water while dining on a delicious buffet lunch on this cruise. See an array of top landmarks including Bunker Hill, the World Trade Center, and the site of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Hear narrated commentary on the sites, and after lunch, head up to the top deck—the largest outdoor patio deck in town—where a DJ spins tunes from line dances to Top 40 hits.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Guided Bike Tour of Boston

Small-Group Guided Bike Tour of Boston

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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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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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See the landmarks and highlights of Boston from the water on this sightseeing cruise in Boston Harbor. Sit back and enjoy a cup of New England Clam chowder while sailing between the harbor's 34 islands, listening to their history through your guide's commentary. Snap photos and enjoy a unique perspective of the harbor, very different than a typical walking or driving tour through Boston. Highlights include Nixes Mate, Lovell's Island, Spectacle Island, and Fort Independence.
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Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

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Combine an indulgent brunch with a sightseeing boat tour on this two-in-one festive outing. Meet at Rowes Wharf, and hop aboard the Northern Lights: a 1920s-style yacht. Over the course of several hours, you’ll see landmarks ranging from the Seaport District and USS Constitution to Sea Castle Island and beyond. You’ll also enjoy a 3-course holiday brunch menu and can even warm up courtesy of the onboard hot chocolate bar.
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  • 2 hours
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Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor

Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor

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Grab a drink and settle into the heated, main observation cabin to enjoy a 2-hour experience on this beautiful 1920s-style yacht. *Please note that this event includes a 30-minute pre-boarding, followed by a 90-minute cruise to allow guests time to settle in before the cruising portion commences. During the cruise, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from the hot chocolate bar and take in the sights as the boat cruises around Boston's waterfront neighborhoods, such as North End. Enjoy cruising under the Tobin Bridge for a unique perspective of this iconic landmark. The Captain will provide light commentary of Boston Harbor's sightseeing highlights in conjunction with enjoyable music throughout the trip. Watch the sky as it changes from blues to oranges behind the outline of Boston's city skyline.
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  • 2 hours
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$42.67
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Private Boston North End History & Pizza Walking Tour (up to 4 Guests)

Private Boston North End History & Pizza Walking Tour (up to 4 Guests)

Tour like a Local with a Private Guide! Treat yourself to some of the best pizza in Boston on this North End History & Pizza Walking Tour through Boston's "Little Italy". See the sights as you walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary Patriots like Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and George Washington. During this fun history walk you’ll see FIVE Freedom Trail sites, plus enjoy THREE different slices from some of Boston’s very best Pizzerias. Pizzerias on tour can rotate from day to day, and may include – a slice named in the “Top 25 Best” in America by a Famous Food Critic, a slice from Boston’s oldest Pizzeria with a brick oven from 1883, a “Secret Underground” spot for grilled flat-bread Pizza, or from a restaurant named one of the “Top 10 Best” Italian Restaurants in the World! Bonus Stop at Modern Pastry to finish with a FREE cannoli! See top Boston sites including Paul Revere House, the Skinny House, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, and Copp's Hill Cemetery.
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  • 2 hours
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$215.00
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Best of Boston Tour - Private Safe Tour

Best of Boston Tour - Private Safe Tour

This small-group tour of Boston highlights the most prominent sites and attractions in the city. It includes a visit to: the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument, Skywalk Observatory, Quincy Market and a Boston Harbor Cruise. You will also enjoy a narrated drive through the city passing by multiple points of interest, including: MIT, Harvard University and Fenway Park. Tour includes: • Narrated driving tour through Boston while passing multiple points of interest, including: MIT, Harvard University and Fenway Park • Visit to USS Constitution • Visit to Bunker Hill Monument • 60-minute, narrated Boston Harbour Cruise boat ride • Admission to Skywalk Observatory for a birds-eye view of Boston and • surrounding area • Visit to the New England Holocaust Memorial and Great Hall • Visit to Quincy Market (food and souvenirs available for purchase here) • Pick up and drop off from anywhere in downtown Boston
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$184.80
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