Baltimore's has always provided safe harbor to seafarers and their vessels, drawing her strength and self-identity from her relationship with the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. How appropriate it is then, that the Inner Harbor should serve as the permanent anchorage for our nation's oldest surviving civil war era sailing ship.
The USS Constellation was built in 1854 for the US Navy. The last all-sail warship constructed, the Constellation served the nations defense for 100 years, before being permanantly located in Baltimore in 1955. In the past decade, restoration was begun on the badly neglected vessel, and continued til 1999, when she was sailed one last time to her home in Baltimore.
Anchored pier-side along the Pratt Street pavilion at the Inner Harbor complex, the Constellation, perpetually poised for battle, offers visitors a first-hand view of the glory of 19th century military engagement and the grit displayed by the men who set sail into the perilous winds of war.
Tours highlight crew life with access to quarters and common areas, insight into battle strategy and weapons, and the art and beauty of the great sailing ships of her time.
The USS Constellation is open for tours daily, May 1st to October 14th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The off-season (October 15th to April 30th) hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased dockside from the tour desk attendant. Admission is $6.50 adult, $3.50 kids.