1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA
Take the T or the Ferry.
The Bunker Hill Monument is 221 feet tall on Breed's Hill, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution fought on June 17, 1775. Control of this hill near the harbor was important to the British occupation of Boston. When Americans chose to fight from Charlestown, they skipped Bunker Hill and chose Breed's Hill which was lower and closer to the water.
Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and climb the 294 steps for an amazing view of Boston Harbor.
The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum
Monument with 294 Steps made of Quincy Granite
We'll meet inside near the entrance to the free Battle of Bunker Hill Museum, check out the exhibits, use the bathrooms then climb to the top of the monument. A fun workout, history and see what was made out of granite from the Quincy Quarries. We'll gather after the hike at a local restaurant yet to be determined.
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" is the legendary order attributed to Colonel William Prescott to make sure that each shot would count. The poorly trained and ill prepared colonial forces repelled two major assaults by the British Army before retreating. Almost half of the British soldiers were either killed or injured. Although the colonists lost the battle, their bravery and strong showing against the British encouraged them to fight.
10:15am Ferry Boat Long Wharf (Leave yourself lots of extra time so you don't miss the boat which leaves promptly at 10:30am)
We'll take the F4 MBTA Boat, Long Wharf to Charlestown Navy Yard. Superb views of Boston, $4.00 round-trip. Long Wharf is near the MBTA Blue Line Aquarium Stop, The ticket office is diagonally across from the entrance to the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel next to the dock where we board.
Our 10 minute harbor cruise on this MBTA Boat.
OR IF ITS MORE CONVENIENT...
10:45am: Meet inside the Bunker Hill Museum near the entrance (43 Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA) Orange Line to Bunker Hill Community College stop.
As the ferry leaves Long Wharf, we'll see the old Custom House Tower, Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, and New England Aquarium, Battery Wharf, Coast Guard Station. The Charles River flows into the harbor here with a view of the Charlestown and Zakim bridges. Look for the USS Constitution Ship as the ferry passes the Navy Yard. The Tobin Bridge and East Boston are on the opposite side of the harbor.
Walk 1/2 miles from the Charlestown Navy Yard Boat:
From Baxter Rd (Ferry Stop)
Straight onto 5th St
Right onto Chelsea St
Left toward Lowney Way
Left onto Lowney Way
Right onto Tremont St
Straight onto Monument Square
TAKING THE RETURN FERRY?
At Long Wharf, we can stop at the Chart House Restaurant to look around or get street food in the area.