Charlestown attractions

Top Choice Monument in Charlestown

Bunker Hill Monument

This 220ft granite obelisk monument commemorates the turning-point battle that was fought on the surrounding hillside on June 17, 1775. Ultimately, the Redcoats prevailed, but the victory was bittersweet, as they lo…
Top Choice Ship in Charlestown

USS Constitution

‘Her sides are made of iron!’ cried a crewman upon watching a shot bounce off the thick oak hull of the USS Constitution during the War of 1812. This bit of irony earned the legendary ship her nickname. Indeed, she …
Historic Site in Charlestown

Charlestown Navy Yard

Besides the historic ships docked here and the museum dedicated to them, the Charlestown Navy Yard is a living monument to its own history of shipbuilding and naval command. Visit the National Park Service Visitor C…
Museum in Charlestown

USS Constitution Museum

Head indoors to this museum for a play-by-play of the USS Constitution's various battles, as well as her current role as the flagship of the US Navy. The exhibits on the War of 1812 and the Barbary War are especiall…
Ship in Charlestown

USS Cassin Young

This 376ft WWII destroyer is one of 14 Fletcher-class destroyers built at the Charlestown Navy Yard. These were the Navy’s fastest, most versatile ships. Cassin Young participated in the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, a…
Museum in Charlestown

Bunker Hill Museum

Opposite the Bunker Hill Monument, this redbrick museum contains two floors of exhibits, including historical dioramas, a few artifacts and an impressive 360-degree mural depicting the battle. If you can find where …
Archaeological Site in Charlestown

Great House Site

Besides being an urban plaza, the aptly named City Sq is also an archaeological site. Big Dig construction to reroute I-93 unearthed the foundation of a structure called the Great House, widely believed to be the ho…
Square in Charlestown

John Harvard Mall

North of City Sq, this shady, brick plaza leads up Town Hill. Back in the days of the earliest European settlements, a fort crowned Town Hill, which you can read about on the bronze plaques along the mall.