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Historic Charlestown

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A September 2005 trip to Boston by notso62

Charlestown Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Charlestown is a hop over the bridge from Boston, and we often go there to enjoy fine restaurants, scenery, and experiences.

4th of July in the Navy Yard

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Charlestown Navy Yard Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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It is hard to explain the feeling that comes over Boston every time the fourth of July comes around. There is an energy in the air that is fed by the thousands of tourists and historical re-enactments and displays that pepper the town. Nowhere is this feeling more evident than the Charlestown Navy Yard, where the USS Constitution is docked. Not only is the USS Constitution decked out with flags and patriotic decorations, but there are also typically several other Navy ships that visit the yard for the weekend. The Navy Yard is accessible through many of the bus tours that circle Boston and also through the ferry with service from Rowes Wharf (close to Faneuil Hall). A footbridge and harbor...Read More

Historic Charlestown

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Charlestown Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Charlestown is one of the most underrated places to visit around Boston. Many historic sights exist here and many tours pass through, but not many tourists stay on this side of the river or explore this area any further. The historic sights in Charlestown are plentiful. The Freedom Trail (the trail that starts in Boston Common and passes through historic sights dating back to the Revolutionary War) passes through several points of interest in Charlestown. The large monument in the middle of town commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill. The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) has made a permanent home in the Navy Yard, and you can hop on a tour of it every half hour for free. There is also an excelle...Read More

Tavern on the Water

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Restaurant

Tavern on the Water Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Tavern on the Water is one of the best low-key bars around Boston. Nestled on Boston Harbor inside the Charlestown Navy Yard, this tavern looks like it might be a renovated houseboat. Patrons hike up the wooden stairs to the third floor, where they enter the top floor of this nautically inspired bar. It is decorated with maritime paraphernalia and looks like it might be the inside of a ship. The doors around the top floor open up onto a deck with small tables where patrons can enjoy a beer or mixed drink. From here you can have an excellent view of the city.  Inside the other levels of the ship, there are tables where you can enjoy a burger or other casual meal. The tavern serves excellen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2005

Tavern on the Water
Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
617/242-8040

Figs Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Figs"

Figs Restaurant Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Figs is one of the best ways to experience Todd English's culinary creations in the Boston area without spending an arm and a leg. This restaurant is one of the celebrity chef's many Boston outposts; it's concentration being on pizza and pasta dishes. Figs speciallizes in gourmet pizzas that are available for take-out or eating in. Highly recommended are the portobello creation, as well as the pulled pork and coleslaw pies. Though they may sound exotic pizza toppings, they are very good and come served on a New Haven-style crust that cannot be beat. The pizzas are priced anywhere from $10-$25 and can feed two people easily. The pasta dishes at Figs are reasonably priced and delicious...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 24, 2005

Figs Restaurant
67 Main Street
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 242-2229

Chow Thai Cafe

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Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The Chow Thai Cafe is an unexpectedly good place to grab a bite to eat when in or around Charlestown. Though Charlestown is not noted for its ethnic dining diversity, this small restaurant serves excellent traditional Thai food that will please even the pickiest eaters. Highly recommended dishes include any variety of the Drunken Noodles or the Pad Thai. All are prepared with the freshest of ingredients and simmered in flavorful spices. For those who do not like the traditional Thai spices or are simply watching their diet, the Chow Thai Cafe has an excellent selection of dishes that are prepared by steaming, with no added salt or sugar. Even though these might not be as big of a hit a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2006

Chow Thai Cafe
187 Main Street
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 242-5232

Ironside Grille

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Restaurant | "The Ironside Grille"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The Ironside Grille is a great local favorite in Charlestown. It is here that patrons go to enjoy some sports on the plasma screen TVs, kick back with a cold drink, or sometimes to just grab a good casual meal. The atmosphere is very laid-back in this pub, making it wonderful for when you want to get out of the house, but do not want to concern yourself with dressing to the 9's. Tucked away between the main drag in Charlestown and the historical sights in the area, it is easy for the untrained eye to overlook the Ironside and skip over to the more popular Todd English restaurants (Figs and Olives). However, this is a mistake. Not only does the Ironside have a very friendly atmosphere, but they bo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2006

Ironside Grille
24 Park St.
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
(617) 242-1384

Bunker Hill Monument

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Attraction

Bunker Hill Monument Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Battle of Bunker Hill marked a shaky British victory in the American Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775. During the battle (which was ironically fought mostly on Breed's Hill, where the monument now stands), the British sustained massive casualties in spite of the victory and were forced to rethink their stance in the war. The battle today is thought of as a symbol of American Patriot bravery that ultimately led to the outcome of the war--the freedom of the United States. Originally, on top of Breed's Hill after the battle, a small memorial was erected by the American Mason's to honor one of their fallen members. This consisted of a wooden pillar and urn that stood 18 feet tall. In 1823, the Bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2005

Bunker Hill Monument
Monument Square
Charlestown, Massachusetts

USS Constitution

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Attraction

USS Constitution Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The USS Constitution is a key piece of history when it comes to the United States Navy. Built in 1795, it was one of the first of six frigates originally commissioned by Congress under the direction of President George Washington. At the time it wasn't even clear whether they would be used, but alas, after its completion in 1797, the Department of the Navy was created to protect the United States on the High Seas. The USS Constitution is docked in the historical Navy Yard in Boston 364 days a year now, but this was not always so. The ship helped to prove the United States as a naval powerhouse in battles in the West Indies with France in the early 1800s. During the War of 1812 with England, t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2005

USS Constitution
Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, Massachusetts 2129
(617) 242-5642