David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
The easiest way to enjoy the arrival of both the Navy Week vessels and the OpSail Boston tall ships -- in town from June 29 - July 6 -- is just to get outside, take a seat along the water, and watch. Some of our favorite viewing spots to take in the sight of the ships include Castle Island, Charlestown Navy Yard, the dock outside the ICA, and Christopher Columbus park in the North End.
If you're looking for a bit more organized fun, don't fret. This weekend actually involves the overlap of Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, Navy Week, and OpSail Boston, so there's a ton going on. Here are some of our favorite events:
Mock Sea Battle: A battle reenactment called the "Duel of the Privateers" will see the Lynx face off against the Pride of Baltimore II. July 1-3 at 2 p.m.
Re-enact the Boston Tea Party: Relive local history by tossing some tea into the Boston Harbor and firing the cannons while aboard the Liberty Clipper. Reservations recommended, 617-742-0333, $24-$35, www.libertyfleet.com
Naval Gun Drill on the USS Constitution: A full gun drill aboard the undefeated vessel that saw action in the war of 1812. June 28 - July 2 at noon, July 3 at 2 p.m.
Rum & Revolution at Sea: This spirited sail (pun!) features role-playing by historical actors who sing songs, dance, and teach you all about the rum trade. Bottom's up! 21+, $35, 617-742-0333, www.libertyfleet.com
Tall Ships Singles Cruise: Mingle with others in search of love aboard a boat, which will afford single sailors a great view of the ships at sunset. Boat leaves from Rowes Wharf at 7:30 p.m. June 30, $35, 781-446-0234, www.se-4u.com/events.php
For even more event information about the tall ships and OpSail Boston, plus Navy Week and more, check out our special section to all the fun happenings on the Waterfront through July 6. See the full schedule here.
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
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