Boston National Historical Park

Boston National Historical Park

In A Nutshell

Visitor Centers

Boston National Historical Park visitor centers can be found at two convenient location along the Freedom Trail. The downtown visitor center is located at 15 State Street, next to the Old State House. The Bunker Hill Pavilion is located at 55 Constitution Road in Charlestown, next to Gate 1 of the Navy Yard. Each provides free comprehensive orientation to the culture and history of the city.

Downtown Visitor Center is staffed by park rangers and volunteers eager to help plan a vacationer’s visit. Maps, brochures and a free slide show of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail can be found here.

Bunker Hill Pavilion, across the river, provides a personal orientation to the sites in Charlestown. Maps, brochures and a free slide show of the history of the Navy yard are also available here.  The more adventurous can experience the multi-media program “Whites of their Eyes.”  This “Must See” program uses a thousand images, life-sized mannequins, lights and sound to help create a sense of the battle. Shown daily staring at 9:30 am.  The last showing of the day is at 4:30 pm.

Both Visitor Centers are open 9 am to 5 pm daily, Closed on Christmas, New Year's day and Thanksgiving.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor centers and sites are open year-round.

Downtown visitor center (15 State Street), open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard visitor center open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Summer (July - August) open 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Faneuil Hall open daily 9 a.m to 5 p.m. except during city sponsored events.

Bunker Hill Monument open daily from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Last climb at 4:30 pm. Summer (July - August) open, 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last climb at 5:30 pm.

USS CASSIN YOUNG open daily during the winter from noon to 3 p.m. Weather permitting. Below deck tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Summer (July - August) open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

U.S.S. CONSTITUTION is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m in the summer and Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the winter.

Most other historic sites are open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. peak season and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. off season.

All park sites (except U.S.S. Constitution) and both visitor centers are closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.

Directions

Plane
Boston is serviced by Logan International Airport. Easy access by MBTA subway and water shuttle from airport to downtown Boston.

Car
To Charlestown Navy Yd From South: I-93 N to exit 28(Sullivan Square). At end of ramp, turn right onto Cambridge St to first light. Enter traffic circle and take first right onto Rutherford Ave. Move left and at City Square, just before bridge, turn left onto Chelsea St. Follow directions for all (below)

From West: Mass Turnpike to I-93 N. Follow above.

From North (Route 1): Rte 1 South over Tobin Bridge. Follow signs for Charlestown. Exit is 1 mile after bridge and takes you into tunnel. In tunnel, follow exit sign for Charlestown and proceed to light. At light, turn right onto Rutherford Ave and immediately get into left lane. At next light, turn left onto Chelsea St. Follow directions for all (below).

From North (93 South):I-93 S. to Exit 28/Sullivan Square. Stay left on exit ramp for about 1/3 mile. Proceed up ramp to Rutherford Ave. Follow signs for Rutherford Ave/City Square. After Bunker Hill Community College, get into left lane. Just before bridge at City Square turn left onto Chelsea St. Follow directions for all (below).

For All: At first light, turn right onto Warren St, then first left onto Constitution Rd. Visitor Center is on Constitution Rd on right.

Parking: Although public transportation is strongly recommended, discounted parking with Boston National Historical Park validation is available from Nautica Parking Garage across from park's Visitor Center on Constitution Rd. For more info please call visitor center at 617-242-5601

 

 

Weather

Temperatures range from warm, humid summer days to cold New England winter days. Wear comfortable sportswear in season, with comfortable walking shoes.

Fees & Reservations

Fees are collected at the privately owned and operated sites by self supporting associations working cooperatively with the park, including Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and Paul Revere House. These sites rely on admission fees as they do not receive federal funding for operations and therefore do not accept the National Parks Pass for admission. There is no fee at the federally owned sites, including the Bunker Hill Monument, U.S.S. CONSTITUTION, and Dorchester Heights Monument. Ranger-led programs on the Freedom trail and at Faneuil Hall are also free.

Public Transportation

The downtown visitor center (15 State Street) is at the State Street stop of the Blue and Orange subway lines. Water transportation runs frequently between downtown Boston (Long Wharf) and the Charlestown Navy Yard. For more information about Boston's excellent public transportation system visit www.mbta.com

 

TO CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD

Commuter Rail

From suburbs north and west of Boston, take the commuter rail to North Station, then walk approximately fifteen minutes to the Navy Yard. Exit the commuter rail station, take a left, walk about one block and a half, and take a left, walking over the Charlestown Bridge. Take a right onto Chelsea Street, then a left onto Constitution Road, and go straight ahead through Gate 1 into the Charlestown Navy Yard. For suburbs south of Boston, take commuter rail to Back Bay, then orange line subway to North Station. See directions from North Station.

Subway

Take the subway (cost is $1.25), either Green Line or Orange Line, to North Station.

See directions from North Station above.

Water Shuttle

Take the water shuttle from Long Wharf, (cost is $1.50), near the New England Aquarium and Marriott Long Wharf, to Charlestown Navy Yard. Boats run 7 days a week, and leave from Long Wharf on the hour and the half hour. Ten-minute boat ride.

Bus

From the Downtown Crossing area, take the 92 or 93 bus to the Navy Yard. (cost is $ .90) Ten-minute bus ride from downtown.