Visiting the USS Constitution: The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat


Step aboard America's "Ship of State."

It's called "Old Ironsides" and it's one of the most important ships in the world. The USS Constitution stil serves a special purpose, by promoting the United States Navy as well as America's important naval heritage.

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Docked in Boston Harbor inside Boston National Historical Park in Charlestown's Navy Yard, the ship is also a part of Boston's Freedom Trail. The ship is open to the public and always free to visit. It's open Tuesday through Friday from 2PM to 6PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. But, Monday is the longest opening time, from 9AM to 6PM.

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When you arrive you'll be invited aboard the ship and are free to explore the top deck. The lower deck is off limits as it's currently going through "extensive restoration work."

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If you're planning to board, remember to bring your state-issued I.D. or passpoart if you're over 18. Visitors are able to ask questions and speak with members of the USS Constitution (which is manned by active duty U.S. Navy Sailors. These sailors serve as the ship's "interpretive historians." Be sure to also hit up the USS Constitution's Museum, located right next to "Old Ironsides" and also make sure you save time to visit Bunker Hill Monument and museum, also located nearby.

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