When we visited Boston in the fall before our fall foliage cruise, we hadn’t planned on visiting the USS Constitution. Our tour guide on the trolley tour the day before mentioned the USS Constitution was going into a three-year dry dock on March 20, so we decided it was a good time to go (especially since it’s a free tour!).
After exploring Boston in the rain the day before, we were excited for a gorgeous sunny day (though it made it difficult to take good photos). It was so interesting to learn about the history of the ship.
The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat and was named by President George Washington. The ship is most famous for the War of 1812, where gained the nickname “Old Ironsides.” I was surprised to learn that the USS Constitution had never lost a battle.
There were US Navy personnel on board to maintain ship and answer our questions. We enjoyed exploring and learning details about the living conditions and the process required to load the cannons.
After visiting the ship, we headed over to the USS Constitution museum. The museum had detailed information laying out the history of the USS Constitution’s battles and lots of artifacts and diagrams explaining how various things on the ship worked. It also featured great interactive games for kids.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought I would be interested in visiting a battleship, but learning the history of the USS Constitution was fascinating.
Want to catch up on our fall foliage cruise?