Freedom Trail – Charlestown

We wanted to visit the Freedom Trail today, but since our time was limited we decided to focus on the sights on the Freedom Trail in Charlestown.  We started from North Station and crossed the Charlestown Bridge.

Our first stop was the Charlestown Navy Yard.  We went first to the USS Constitution Museum.  The museum does entry by a donation system with a recommended donation of $5-$10.  The museum is very well done and has a lot of hands on activities that would be great for kids.  The USS Constitution itself is getting ready to enter dry dock in March for extensive restoration.  Parts of the ship are closed as they are already doing work on it, but it is still possible to visit.  Once it goes into dry dock it is not expected to return to its dock until 2018.  We arrived in time to have a short tour, which was very informative.

After leaving the Constitution we met a ranger at the Navy Yard for a free tour called “Taking the High Ground.”  The tour lasted just under an hour and walked from the Navy Yard to the Bunker Hill Monument.  Along the way the ranger explained the battle from both sides as well as some of the events leading up to the battle.  It was really interesting.  The tour finishes at the monument, so after the tour we climbed the 294 steps to the top of the monument and visited the exhibit hall.

From the monument we walked back through Charlestown, which was a pretty walk and crossed back over the Charlestown Bridge into Boston.  We were running out of time, so we grabbed a slice of pizza in the North End at Pushcart Cafe and Pizzeria.  The restaurant was very clean and the waitress was super nice and friendly.  We ate the pizza walking down the street, since we were almost out of time, and it was very tasty.  We quickly made our way to  Mike’s Pastry to get some cannoli to take home.  I’ve only had a small bite of the cannoli so far, but it was yummy.  I have to admit it is not as good as the cannoli I had in Sicily, so I might need to start a new mission to find Sicily worthy cannoli in the North End.  It will be a tough mission for me, but I think I am up for the challenge.

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