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Castle Island

William J. Day Boulevard, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)
617-268-5744
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Ranked #22 of 212 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Walking
Description: 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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Silver Spring, Maryland
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My family (5 year old and 1 year old) spent nearly 6 hours here! Between the beach, playground, fort, and boardwalk, there is a lot to do. The water is calm which is great for young kids. But boy is it cold! There is a café very close to the beach which has some lunch options but nothing for vegetarians.... More

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Randolph, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Castle Island is always a wonderful day trip. It's great for a long walk, a picnic, kite flying or to take the tour of Fort Independence, which is rich in US history (It's not open all the time, so check hours for Saturday and Sunday). It's also fun to watch the planes coming and going from Logan Airport. There is... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have brought small children here and would not do it again. Tried roller blading here once too. I won't be back. It's not a place for me.

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Milford, Massachusetts
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391 reviews 391 reviews
226 attraction reviews
637 helpful votes 637 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were here on a beautiful summer Saturday...and lots of people BBQing, walking/running, fishing and taking advantage of the great weather. The views of the Boston including some of the Harbor Islands and the JFK Presidential Library are amazing!

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Chatham, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a spectacular find! My husband and I were looking for something to do with our twin six year olds. They weren't in the right mood for a museum or a nature walk. They requested to go to a park. We were not looking to spend our vacation day at a run of the mill playground, we could do that... More

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I love to go to Castle Island and walk around the island. Even when crowded it's still a great time. The milkshakes at Sullivans are great too!

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Greenville, SC
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Castle Island is a short cab ride from downtown and on a beautiful day it is a great place for a picnic lunch, a walk around the water or even a bit of swimming. It is more a beach than an island and the old Fort makes a pleasant backdrop. We picked up lunch at Sullivan's and ate in the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Castle Island is an all around enjoyable place. Ages 1 - 90 Castle Island has History, Swimming, Walking areas,, Biking areas, Fishing areas and Picnic areas, People are extremely friendly. There are benches along the water allowing great views of the air traffic coming in. Planes come so low you almost see the people in the passenger seats. Bring a... More

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to Castle Island recently. It's a great way to see the harbor from another vantage point and a pleasant walk around the fort. It helped that the Sunday we visited was sunny and clear. It was evident this is a favorite local family outing experience with tables and shady areas, and a beach.... More

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Bonn, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went here spontaneously on a Sunday afternoon at around 4:30 pm and the fort was closed already. It was still pretty crowded. There were lots of families with kids. The "island" itself is pretty small. It has a couple of interesting views: The harbor Islands, the harbor, Boston skyline and Logan airport. It is a pretty cool place to... More

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