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Why You Should Visit Castle Island Recreation Site in Boston, Mass.

Castle Island at the shore of Boston Harbor in Boston, MA..

Castle Island at the shore of Boston Harbor in Boston, Mass.

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 with lots of green space and water views, however, I recommend visiting Castle Island in South Boston. Simply beautiful and an ideal family-friendly place to visit on a summer night, Castle Island, from some viewpoints, appears to be very far from the city with no signs of urban life.  The reality is, though, is that it’s located right across the harbor, just minutes away from the heart of Boston.

Sweeping natural views at Castle Island in South Boston, MA.

Sweeping natural views at Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Boston skyline view from Castle Island in South, Boston, MA.

Boston skyline view from Castle Island in South, Boston, Mass.

Free to visit, the 22-acre Castle Island offers a beautiful outdoor setting with nice views of Boston Harbor, a network of walking trails (the longest walk is about a mile), a beach on the shore of the harbor, fishing opportunities at the pier, kite flying (it gets windy here), picnic opportunities and the great Sullivan’s at Castle Island food stand in the summer. Fantastic place for a burger, clam plate, lobster roll and that classic summer treat, soft serve ice cream!


Sullivan's at Castle Island food stand in South Boston, MA, also known as Southie.

Sullivan’s at Castle Island food stand in South Boston, Mass., also known as Southie.

Lobster roll from Sullivan's Castle Island in Boston, MA.

Lobster roll from Sullivan’s Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Castle Island also features an extensive playground for the kids — nice that it is located with views of the water…

Playground at Castle Island in Boston, MA.

Playground at Castle Island in Boston, Mass., with views of the water in the background.

There also an imposing but fascinating attraction at Castle Island: Fort Independence (open Memorial Day to Labor Day with free weekend tours in the summer)), a pentagonal five-bastioned, granite fort built between 1834 and 1851 that provided harbor defenses for Boston. It is is one of the oldest continuously fortified sites of English origin in the United States.

Walking by Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston, MA.

Walking by Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

If you love sunsets, Castle Island is the place to be (best in the summer or a good weather day in the fall or spring). The views of the water and Boston skyline never fail to please.

Sunset at Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Summer sunset at Castle Island in Boston, Mass.

Sunset at Castle Island, a harborside park in Boston, Mass.

Sunset at Castle Island, a harborside park in South Boston, Mass.

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

Walking path at Castle Island in Boston, MA.

Walking path at Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

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