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Castle Island, Boston

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The site of Fort Independence, Castle Island connects to the mainland via a narrow strip of land. What once served as a strategic military location in the 17th century is now a year-round recreation area. The fort takes up a majority of the island, and a few wide paths encircle the outer walls. You can join a guided tour on weekends or enjoy a self-guided tour on weekdays. Before you head to Boston, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Boston trip planner , to make sure you see all that Boston has to offer, including Castle Island.
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  • A short drive from Downtown Boston. You may park on the street without any problem and walk along the beach. The views are fantastic-sunrise and sunset alike-and it makes you feel right in the heart o...  more »
  • Long walks along the coast until Cassell island through downtown recommended walk road from the JFK Library area on the sunny day.
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  • Lots of parking spaces, not a very pretty area. Surrounded by south Boston's 3-deckers not-so-pretty family rentals. Just a convenient place for a health-walk  more »
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  • Great place to go for a walk or run! I frequently run here from my home in Dorchester. There’s a burger shack in the parking lot with very good food and prices. The parking area is spacious and either free or paid depending on where you are. There are a couple of beaches in the park and several more nearby. There are also some spots for those who are into fishing.
  • Awesome place for the family. Also has a big park for the kids. Beach areas and a real nice sea food restaurant.. combined with the castle makes a really nice day out. Oh dog friendly to.
  • Castle Island is a beautiful place to catch a sea breeze and have a walk or a cookout. Expect it to be well attended on a busy day by families with children. There's a neat fort open on weekends and a lot of nice walks to be had. It seems like parking could be a pain sometimes but pack light and plan for a short walk, and you will have a painless experience. Edit: and there ARE decent public toilets here.
  • Great place for the family. We come here with our toddler and he loves it. There is a nice sized playground which is always full of children of all ages. The grounds are clean and bathrooms are avaiable. They have special events regularly so you may want to check the schedule while planning your trip. The Halloween event was an amazing experience for the kids.
  • Great place for a day trip with the family. Came here with my grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins, my father and my own family. It was a great place for the kids to either play or swim.. Lots of rocks to skip on the first beach. However there was a lot of glass in the sand (reason for 4 stars not 5). I do love this place and visit whenever I'm in the area. You can bring your own food or buy some at Sullivan's. Both are great options!

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