Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and climb the 294 steps for an amazing view of Boston Harbor. Or skip the climb and go to the museum across the street. Both are free admission.
We'll take the inner harbor ferry ($4) and walk less than a mile to the monument, up the steps or to the museum and then walk less than a mile to Warren Tavern (oldest bar in Boston) for food and drink.
Meet at the ferry at Long Wharf near the Marriott Hotel (Blue Line Aquarium Stop). Or if you live near Charlestown and want to skip the ferry, meet inside the monument. Use the bathroom before or after, they are in the Bunker Hill Museum across the street. (Look for blue banners on the brick building with yellow oak door, 43 Monument Square, Charlestown).
There is free on-street parking on weekends in Charlestown but it's often crowded, so take the T or walk.
The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum
Monument with 294 Steps made of Quincy Granite
A fun workout, history and see what was made out of granite from the Quincy Quarries. Then we can go to the museum after and optional lunch at the Warren Tavern, oldest tavern in the U.S.
"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.
TAKE THE FERRY FROM AQUARIUM
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. It's about a 7 minute walk from Aquarium stop to the Long Wharf Marriott where the boat leaves.
We'll take the Rita, F4 MBTA Boat, Long Wharf to Charlestown Navy Yard. Superb views of Boston, $4.00 one way. Long Wharf is near the MBTA Blue Line Aquarium Stop. Buy your ticket onboard.
MEET AT THE MONUMENT
10:50am: Meet inside the monument.
(Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA) Orange Line to Bunker Hill Community College stop or North Station Blue and Green Line.
Our 10 minute harbor cruise on this MBTA Boat called Rita,
$4 each way, pay at the booth near the dock. Boston Harbor Cruises.
As the ferry leaves Long Wharf, we'll see the old Custom House Tower (http://www.celebrateboston.com/architecture/custom-house.htm), Marriott Long Wharf Hotel (http://www.celebrateboston.com/hotel/marriott-long-wharf.htm), and New England Aquarium (http://www.celebrateboston.com/new-england-aquarium.htm), Battery Wharf, Coast Guard Station. The Charles River flows into the harbor here with a view of the Charlestown and Zakim (http://www.celebrateboston.com/architecture/zakim-bridge.htm) bridges. Look for the USS Constitution (http://www.celebrateboston.com/uss-constitution.htm) Ship as the ferry passes the Navy Yard. The Tobin Bridge (http://www.celebrateboston.com/architecture/tobin-bridge.htm) and East Boston are on the opposite side of the harbor.
Walk 1/2 miles from the Charlestown Navy Yard Boat: (We'll look for the monument as we walk. It's on the left behind some buildings when we first get off the 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
Warren Tavern, 2 Pleasant Street, Charlestown, MA
Corner of Pleasant and Main Sts.
The Warren Tavern is the most historic watering hole in America. This oldest tavern in Massachusetts was visited by many famous individuals.
Over 225 years old
The Warren Tavern was first erected in 1780 in Charlestown, MA. It was also one of the first buildings raised after Charlestown was destroyed by the British.
Walk to Warren Tavern down Pleasant Street.
Visited by national heroes
George Washington stopped here for refreshments and conversation. Paul Revere considered it one of his favorite watering holes. George Washington's funeral speech was given here.
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.