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Federal Shutdown Closes National Parks, but Boston’s Freedom Trail Sites are Open

About 1/2 million tourists visit the Old North Church every year (NEWF Image)

The federal government shutdown has closed all National Parks and visitor facilities. However, sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail remain open, including the Old North Church and Paul Revere House in the North End.  Other open sites: Museum of African American History, USS Constitution Museum, USS Constitution, Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Winter Wildlife Cruise will take place as scheduled on Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The open air parks and grounds of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown and the Dorchester Heights Monument in South Boston are open and accessible to visitors, but the monuments, Bunker Hill Lodge and the Battle of Bunker Hill Museum are closed.

National Park Service visitor centers in the Charlestown Navy Yard and at 45 Devonshire Street in Boston are closed. Visitor information and other services are available at the Old State House, USS Constitution Museum, and at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau Boston  Common Visitor Center.