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Castle Island Provides A Natural, Scenic Oasis in Boston, Mass.

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Castle Island, Boston MA. Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Flickr page

Castle Island, Boston, Mass. Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Flickr page

Boston, Mass., tourists are drawn to the bustle of the city, given all its well-preserved history, modern amenities, dining scene, arts and culture and about a million other things.  For those that need a temporary escape, however, we recommend visiting Castle Island in South Boston. Free to visit, the 22-acre Castle Island offers a beautiful outdoor setting with nice views of Boston Harbor, a network of walking trails (longest walk is about a mile), fishing opportunities at the pier, kite flying (it gets windy here), picnic opportunities and the great Sullivan’s hamburger stand in the summer. There also an imposing but fascinating attraction at Castle Island: Fort Independence (open Memorial Day to Labor Day with weekend tours in the summer)), a pentagonal five-bastioned, granite fort built between 1834 and 1851.

Castle Island is accessible by pedestrian and vehicle causeways. In the summer, you can walk from Castle Island onto the mainland to arrive at Carson Beach, which provides a nice urban beach setting for swimming and sunning!

Castle Island
Day Boulevard
South Boston, MA
Tel. (617) 727-5290


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