Castle Island: Visit Castle Island to explore fort Independence, a granite fort built between 1834 and 1851. Located on a 22-acre park with a large picnic area and a snack bar that offers hamburgers, fries, clams, ice cream and drinks.
Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the fort is a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Independence played an important role in the defense of Boston during the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
In the 19th century, Castle Island became a popular destination for tourists and day-trippers. The island was also home to a number of amusement rides and attractions.
Castle Island is a great space for kids and adults to explore. The beach, called Pleasure Bay Beach, is only about a 3 minute walk from the Castle. There is also a playground nearby.
Castle Island is locted accross from Logan International airport. From there you'll have a great view of airplanes landing and taking off.
Whether you're a history buff, a family looking for a fun day out, or simply looking for a relaxing escape from the city, Castle Island and Fort Independence are a must-visit destination in Boston.
Tours: There are signs so you can take a self-guided tour. Click here to download the map for Castle Island.
Hours: Open year round sunrise to sunset.
Parking: Parking is available in the lot near Fort Independence and is free of charge.
Location: 2010 William J Day Blvd, Boston, MA 02127
Parking: Free parking in lot near Fort Independence.
For more information call (617) 727-5290.