Friday, May 20, 2011

To Do This Summer: Charlestown Navy Yard

While I'm off enjoying the Southern Louisiana heat, (hopefully not the Mississippi River floods, eeks) I prepared a post that both reminisces on a warm summer day and hopefully inspires a visit to check out the historic charms that lie within a favorite Boston neighborhood. Whether you're or a local or a visitor, if you're looking for something to do around here this summer, why not explore the Charlestown Navy Yard?
Adam and I make it a point to visit this highly regarded tourist destination at least once a summer, if not more, for a stroll along the piers and a drink at Tavern on The Water or Max & Dylan's. Last year, one drink lead to another and and before I knew it, a field trip esque tour of the USS Constitution was underway. I had never been on the grand naval ship until last summer (something of a travesty when you grew up in MA and work in Charlestown) and as a result Adam documented my travels aboard the ship every step of the way. BoldWarning: picture heavy post to come.
The Charlestown Navy Yard was established in 1800 and proudly served the fleet - especially during our nations wars, where men and women built some 200 ships and maintained and repaired thousands. It closed down after 175 years in 1974, and in that same year became a National Historic Park. The USS Cassin Young is a destroyer ship located at Dry Dock 1 - pictured above and below. I think it's fun to take in the various docks, cannons, anchors and buildings as you stroll along the wharfs. I love that each building and dock have a number. Fun Fact: Before my company's Finance department moved to our current location at The Schrafft Center, we were located in various buildings throughout the Navy Yard. My department was located in building 33. (Which has since been turned high rent apartments!)Above: Outside the The USS Constitution Museum.
Behind this facade of a building are some lovely parks and an interactive Korean War Memorial.And finally, the star of the Navy Yard: The USS Constitution, nicknamed infamously as "Old Ironsides" is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It is operated by the US Navy in cooperation with the National Park Service. Admission is free and narrated tours are provided by Active Duty US Sailors every half hour from 10am to 5:30pm. This worked out nicely for a spontaneous afternoon tour. While a guide leads you to four stations on three decks of the ship, I assure you there is plenty of time in between to explore the deck amongst yourselves. We had a blast!
Oh sunny blue skies, when will you return? (If I recall this day was almost 90 degrees and sweltering!)To the lower decks!!The ship details clearly fascinated me. Adam was into the cannons. And back up again....After all that walking around in the hot summer sun, more drinks are most certainly in order! Consider the sailing communities favorite cocktail - and an all time favorite of mine The Dark-n-Stormy. Max & Dylans just around the corner at City Square pours a generous pint size portion.

I'm also a big fan of their sliders ranging from Kobe Beef with lemon dressed greens, gouda, balsamic and onions to the Filet Mignon with Great Hill Bleu, romaine and red onion. In the opposite direction, just down Main Street in the picturesque residential section of town you can beat the heat with a crisp glass of prosecco and a specialty artisian pizza at Figs.One of my favorites is the Bianco made with Mozzarella, sweet onions, fresh red and yellow tomatoes, arugula, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Consider exploring the Charlestown Navy Yard on your next adventure day in the city or something to do if you ever visit Boston! Hope you enjoyed the tour!
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14 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love the Charlestown Navy Yard! We looked at the Commandant's House as one of our possible wedding venues and the whole area was bustling with activity!

Elizabeth said...

So, I seriously needed this post to finally motivate me to get to Charlestown. I've never been! It's been on my to do list for months.

In and Around Town said...

So I have lived in the Boston my entire life and never been to the Navy yard and seen the Constitution up close in personal! Maybe I should fix that this summer - great pics!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i've only been the the max and dylan's in downtown crossing, but i love their sliders! that pizza looks delish. I went to the navy yard/charlestown for my friends engagement pics- i love it down there too!

Megan said...

This looks like so much fun! I've never spent much time there.

Betsy said...

Tavern on the Water!!!!!!!!!!!! hooo!!!!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

wow those ships are gnarly

melissanibbles said...

Thanks for the idea Daisy! I know a certain someone who would like this ;)

Simply Life said...

I love how many fun things you do in the city!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

We were there on our last visit to your area. The The USS Constitution Museum and the ship itself were so much fun to explore.

Shannon said...

Looks like a fun day trip! We just visited friends in Charlestown the other weekend and made plans to explore it one day!

Boston Food Diary said...

GREAT Post! I love the Navy Yard and this is such a great tour of it!

Michelle Collins said...

This looks like such a great day trip - my Dad was in the Navy, so this would be a great Father's Day gift. Thanks for the idea!

Alicia said...

Looks like fun!! I remember touring old Ironsides when my family went on the requisite trip to Boston to walk the freedom trail :)