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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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  • Made the trip out there on a Saturday morning from Brighton and it only took 30 minutes. The view of the Boston Harbor was really nice. This was our first time to Castle Island and we enjoyed the loop...  more »
  • We enjoyed a few hours going for a walk and sitting in the park, The fort was closed, but it was still interesting to walk around it. Great place to spend some time  more »
  • We visited this park in September. It is easy to park and parking is free. There are lots of picnic tables, a small beach, a playground, and a pier you can fish from. The Fort is very interesting with...  more »
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  • I have been going here for as long as I can remember. My family goes here whenever the weather is nice. There is a nice place to get food (although a bit pricey the food is really good). And there is a park for the kids. There are two swimming spots but the water is from the harbor so it may not be the cleanest. I love it here. And I love taking walks around and inside the castle. If you have kids and have a day off spend it at castle island.
  • Pretty unique place especially to anyone that has played Fallout. Plenty of walking paths to exercise on and the fort is huge. Unfortunately it wasn't open so I couldn't see inside but other then that I love the place. Had a beach on one side and views of the airport on the other. Great place to watch planes take off and land.
  • Easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Boston. Very scenic overlooking the harbor, and also has an elaborate park for kids. My son thoroughly enjoyed the park as well as watching the flights takeoff from Logan airport. Parking is free which makes it most cost effective attraction around.
  • Had a wonderful view of the departing Tall Ships on 6/22...and visited park on opening day of Sullivan's. Sorry to say both times the toilet facilities were not open. Although alternative port-a-potties were provided, not too nice if this is an ongoing solution! We had a very elderly "Sullivan's " fan with us on opening day...in a wheelchair...so facilities were "difficult" to say the least! Glad we didn't bring her to see the ships! Wondering if you can tell us if toilets are or will be available this Summer. Would like to take our mother back! (PS she is 103!)
  • Such a fun and beautiful place! Go for a walk or sit and look at the beach and boats or the planes fly above while enjoying some ice cream or let the kids play in the playground. It also has restrooms.

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