Boston National Historical Park
Discover the revolutionary generation of Bostonians who blazed a trail from colonialism to independence. Boston National Historical Park is an association of sites that together give the visitor a coherent view of the city's role in the nation's history. In downtown Boston, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination. In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution, the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Seven of the eight privately, municipally and federally owned and managed historic sites that comprise Boston National Historical Park are connected by the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile (4km) walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown. Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Seasonality / Weather
Visitor centers and sites are open year-round.
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. Discounted parking with validation is available in the Nautica Parking garage.
Visitor Center is in Building 5 through Gate 1, by pedestrian access only. Please enter through security screening building.
Parking: Although public transportation is strongly recommended, discounted parking with Boston National Historical Park validation is available from Nautica Parking Garage on Constitution Rd.
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.
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 and turn left (onto Causeway Street). Walk about one block and a half, and take a left, walking over the Charlestown Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn a right onto Chelsea Street, walk a block then turn right at the next intersection onto Warren Street followed immediately by 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 station, then orange line subway to North Station. See directions from the subway below.
Subway: Take the subway, either the Green Line or Orange Line, to North Station. Exit the station and turn right (onto Causeway Street). Walk about one block and a half, and take a left, walking over the Charlestown Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn a right onto Chelsea Street, walk a block then turn right at the next intersection onto Warren Street followed immediately by a left onto Constitution Road, and go straight ahead through Gate 1 into the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Water Shuttle: Take the water shuttle from Long Wharf, 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. Ten-minute bus ride from downtown.