Boston National Historical Park. Basic information for visitors to the Boston National Historical Park

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Boston National Historical Park. Basic information for visitors to the Boston National Historical Park In Boston

Boston National Historical Park In Boston

 

The 2.5-mi Freedom Trail stretches along the relics of the revolutionary generation of Bostonians who blazed a trail from colonialism to independence. On the way are the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and Charlestown Navy Yard, where the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") is berthed. The park was authorized on October 1, 1974.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Touring historic sites, walking tour trail. Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Downtown (15 State St.), Charlestown Navy Yard, and Bunker Hill Lodge. Museum, book-and-gift shops. Programs & Events: Ranger-led historical talks at Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill Monument, self-guided and guided (Labor Day-Memorial Day) tours of World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young, self-guided and U.S. Navy-led (year-round) tours of USS Constitution. Ranger-led walking tours of downtown section of Freedom Trail (mid-Apr.-Nov.), Charlestown Navy Yard, and Commandants House (both Memorial Day-Labor Day). Bostons Har-borfest (July 4 weekend), Charlestown Navy Yard international visiting ships program. Tips & Hints: Sites are accessible by public transport. The downtown visitor center is at the State St. stop of the Blue and Orange lines. Water transport connects downtown Boston (Long Wharf) and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb. Tours fill up quickly in summer.

 

FEES & HOURS

 

Free admission to federally owned sites (Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, Dorchester Heights Monument), and to ranger-led programs on the Freedom Trail and at Faneuil Hall. Fees collected at privately owned and operated sites: Old South Meeting House and Old State House ($5 adults, $4 ages 62 and over and per student with ID, $1 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and under), Paul Revere House ($3 adults, $2.50 ages 62 and over and per student with ID, $1 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and under). Downtown visitor center open daily 9--5. Charlestown Navy Yard open mid-June-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Labor Day-mid-June, daily 9-5. Most historic sites open mid-Apr.-Labor Day, daily 9:30-5; Labor Day-mid-Apr., daily 10-4. USS Constitution open Apr.-Oct, Tues.-Sun. 10-4; Nov.-Mar., Thurs.-Sun. 10-4; tours every half hour 10:30-3:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Near downtown Boston via U.S.I and 1-93 north or south; follow signs to Charlestown Navy Yard. Closest airport: Boston.

 

CONTACTS

 

Boston National Historical Park (Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129-4543, tel. 617/242-5601). Downtown visitor center (15 State St., tel. 617/242-5642). Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Information Center (55 Constitution Rd., tel. 617/242-5601). Bunker Hill Monument (tel. 617/242-5641, fax 617/242-6006,).

 

 

 

Boston National Historical Park. Basic information for visitors to the Boston National Historical Park In Boston