Boston's Charlestown was the traditional home of employees at the now-decommissioned Navy Yard. Recently it has experienced a shift in its population and industry and an increasing number of young professionals are joining the families who have lived in the area for years.

Get in

By subway

Orange Line: The Community College and Sullivan Square stops both serve Charlestown.

By bus

Routes 92 and 93 go to Charlestown.

By water

The F4 water taxi runs between Long Wharf and the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Navy Yard dock is very close to the U.S.S. Constitution.

By car

You can drive in from Exit 23 (Government center/North End) and Exit 28 (Charlestown/Sullivan Square) on Route I-93, the Charlestown/Somerville Exit on Route 1 after the Tobin Bridge, Storrow Drive in Boston or Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

By foot

Many residents walk to work in Downtown or simply down to the nearby waterfront, both of which are only five minutes away. The North End of Boston is also accessible.


USS Constitution

Historical Sites

Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown

Significant Landmarks

The Austin Block is one of Charlestown's first masonry buildings built 1827.

The Bunker Hill School is the Second Empire-style building built 1866.

This bank was built in 1876.

The Everett House is a Federal style house with architecture that dates back to 1814.

Harvard is a Greek Revival style c. 1840s.

Rougan Hall is a Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival styles c. 1890s.

This church has Gothic & Celtic architecture that was built in 1862.

This church is also a Gothic Revival style built 1870.

St. Mary's Church was built 1892.




For large families there are the traditional, cost-effective spots to eat such as The 99 Restaurant, Papa Gino's or Coldstone Creamery.

There is definitely an international theme when you go out and experience some of the fine dining in Charlestown. The family restaurants aren't bad places to eat but the reason someone would travel to Charlestown are the exotic dishes at Mediterranean, Greek, and French restaurants offer in addition to an interesting night life (see belly dancing at Tangierino's).




All of Charlestown uses 10-digit dialing. This means you need to include the area code whenever you are making a call. The standard area code is 617, but some phone numbers use the new 857 overlay.

Go next

Charlestown isn't connected by land to any other part of Boston so it can sometimes feel cutoff from the rest of the city, although Downtown is a short ride away on the Orange Line.

East Cambridge is an easy walk from the southern part of Charlestown.

Assembly Square, a brand new neighborhood, built on the site of an old Ford factory, is a short hop north on the Orange Line where you will find trendy new restaurants and plenty of shopping.

Routes through Charlestown

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