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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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  • Nice place to visit with a small beach and a playground. Not actually an island anymore, you can drive there and park in a large parking lot (though it can get overcrowded on sunny weekends). Sullivan's, something of a local institution, serves fast food and ice cream, boasting what they claim to be the cheapest lobster roll in the city (closed December - February). Fort Independence, aka "the castle," offers occasional free tours during the summer.
  • Attended a friend's wedding on Castle Island and it was my first time going to one of the harbor islands. The ferry they had set up was a smooth ride and the pavilion on the island where we had the reception was beautiful. The staff were all very helpful and friendly, and there were plenty of them around to help keep things running throughout the night. Great experience!
  • Great place for families. Picnic tables, Sullivan's hotdog stand has great food, paths to walk on, great views of Pleasant Bay and the harbor. One of Boston's best hidden gems.
  • Great place to go for a walk, run or bike ride. Also beaches and swimming if you dare. Lots of wind surfers here. It is truly a gem of open space on the water minutes from Downtown that thankfully has not been developed, unlike the Seaport which has been ruined.
  • 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.
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