Castle Island
Castle Island
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The site of a fort erected in 1634, Castle Island is a great place to walk, jog or just unwind and enjoy the view.
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Renee D
9 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Free spot to stop and walk as well as take in some scenery. They also have a big playground for kids and a food stand which we didn't try. You can't enter the fort itself it just an exterior walk around.
Written 9 August 2023
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John C
Montgomery, TX18 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Spent a wonderful few hours in the beautiful setting of Castle Island. Took the roughly 2 mile hike around the Fort. Weather was perfect. Harbor was full of fisherman. Dog loved the water. Grabbed a couple of delicious burgers from Sully’s and enjoyed the midday sun on the grass. I highly recommend it for visitors to Boston. Our trip was made even better as we were hosted by a good friend and native Bostonian.
Written 29 May 2023
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davoscjims
401 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful area to walk, jog, bike, dog walk, plane watch

You can’t enter the fort The large door was open so I entered Right inside is a makeshift barrier saying keep our In the center of the fort is stacks of constructions stuff and junk

Outside of the fort is in disrepair, fencing around some parts

Skip the fort, go for the exercise
Written 27 April 2023
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Stacy W
Sharon, CT2 contributions
Jun 2022
What a lovely day. We took the ferry over from Downtown Boston to the island. It was a beautiful quick trip. Then walk around this beautiful fort adjacent to the beach.
Written 10 December 2022
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Adam Rosen
1 contribution
Sep 2022
A stone's throw from the city and an Ocean Beach that's fully protected by land walkways that block ocean waves and sharks -- or even the IDEA of sharks. Ideal for getting a little one accustomed to the water and super easy to get to from the city. And grab some fresh mussels or crabs from Yankee Lobstah on the way back!!
Written 26 September 2022
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theresecallahan2002
Brookline, MA123 contributions
Aug 2022
It was nice to visit a historic landmark for the first time. Unfortunately, it will be my last.

The tour itself was nice. However, walking down steps with no hand railings was difficult due to my disabled knees. Luckily, there were people in the tour group who held on to me as I made my way down. I even said I'd sue if I had an accident. Thankfully, I didn't. But for my own safety, I won't be back.
Written 21 August 2022
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Chris R
237 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Visited here on a Sunday afternoon.

Great views and lots of history. Great place to walk, bike and relax.

Unfortunately you can’t go inside the fortress unless your part of a tour.
Written 12 June 2022
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,134 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
We walked the Castle Island loop around the historic Fort Independence and continued on to take the Pleasure Bay loop for a longer stroll. This was a great place to unwind and enjoy the view.
Written 29 March 2022
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY815 contributions
Sep 2021
The name 'Castle Island' is from a castle built in 1226, not sure which nation. There is NO castle, The main exhibit is Fort Independence which was closed, which is a five sided structure. There three memorials-Robert M. Green, Boston Fire-Fighter, South Boston Korean War Memorial & the Clipper Ship Monument to Donald McKay. On Harbor Walk-on the south side of the fort-are the Robert Green & Korean Memorials, with Clipper Ship Monument located on the north side facing the Lt. John McCork Fishing Pier. The pier has about 10 benches, however during my September afternoon there was no people fishing or using the benches because of a cold west wind.

There is an enclosed lagoon-called Pleasure Bay-with a walkway called Head Island Causeway. The causeway is about two miles around the bay. To the west of the fort is the children's Castle Island Playground with swings, craw through tunnels & slides.

The island's restaurant is called Sullivan's Castle Island which serves seafood, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas, coffee & tea. The island is located on the east side of Boston across from the Boston Logan International Airport with Boston Main Channel between the island & airport. I sat on a bench for about 15 minutes timing each airplane landing every 2 minutes & 15 seconds.

Parking.
On the west side side of the island is a large parking lot-FREE-with at least 150 angled spaces. On William J. Day Blvd. -headed toward the island- I estimate another 125 side by side spaces facing Pleasure Bay.
Written 28 March 2022
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Shelley
Fremont, NH10 contributions
Dec 2021
We got breakfast sandwiches from Tatte and went to Castle Island to eat it. Wonderful spot to relax.
Written 9 December 2021
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