All aboard the USS Constitution.
The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides, as it is affectionately known in New England, sits in the Charlestown Navy Ship Yard. It is one of the six ships that originally comprised the first United States Navy. After winning 40 battles during its career, the USS Constitution has enjoyed its retirement as a free New England museum. It is the oldest surviving battle ship in the entire country, and you can get a guided tour of it for free. If you do not have your sea legs, drop into the USS Constitution Museum on land. The museum offers interactive exhibits perfect for sailors of all ages. Hands-on educational experiences in a genuine historical artifact? It is no wonder a visit to the USS Constitution is one of the best things to do in Charlestown.
Step into the shoes of American revolutionaries at Bunker Hill.
The site of the first major battle in the American Revolution is right here in Charlestown. And, like Old Ironsides, Bunker Hill offers free admission to visitors. Marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and even climb up to the top. Or, on a rainy day, walk through the museum to learn about the Battle at Bunker Hill. There are also exhibits on the construction of the monument and the history of Charlestown. Since history is such an important part of this area, Bunker Hill is definitely one of the best things to do in Charlestown.
Or, step into the shoes of American revolutionaries on their day off at Warren Tavern.
Between Old Ironsides and Bunker Hill, you have learned about the earliest military efforts and victories in the United States. Now, where would you want to grab a pint besides the pub favored by George Washington and Paul Revere? Warren Tavern is one of the oldest pubs in the city. And in Boston, that is saying something. The pub is named for General Joseph Warren. He was one of the heroes who gave his life at the Battle at Bunker Hill. Drop in to grab a beer or lunch.
Take a stroll along the Boston Harborwalk.
The Boston Harborwalk takes you much further than Charlestown – once it is complete, it will take you 47 miles, all the way south to Dorchester. The trail kicks off in Charlestown, winding along the harbor through the Navy Ship Yard, the home of Old Ironsides. If you follow the trail, you will be treated to lovely views of the harbor along with plenty of public art and historic landmarks.
Or, enjoy the greenery at Sullivan Square Community Garden.
Established by a small group of teens in 1978, the Sullivan Square Community Garden has grown to an acre of meandering trails through plots of flowers and greenery. Walk through and let the natural setting soothe your stress. Or, get involved! The garden is always holding events for the public, and welcomes anyone to lend a hand in one of its common planting areas.