Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned, granite fort built between 1834 and 1851, is the dominating feature of Castle Island. This 22-acre urban park is connected to the mainland by both pedestrian and vehicular causeways. Pleasure Bay, the M Street Beach and Carson Beach form a three mile segment of parkland and beach along the South Boston shoreline of Dorchester Bay. Carson Beach offers some beautiful views and great public amenities: a rehabilitated Mothers' Rest, public restrooms, exhibit space, first aid and lifeguard functions, while the outdoor courtyards allow space for passive recreation. Carson Beach also features a walkway which allows one to walk, bike, or run along the water's edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library.
Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, hours vary. Fort tours are conducted by the Castle Island Association in the summer months and there is interpretive signage for self-guided tours. The principal program theme, the History of Castle Island, stresses the role of the fort in harbor defense.
Such a nice place , I had the pleasure to go in a day that the marine was having some kind of celebration, the band was incredible . We had a tour around the castle , it was fun . It is a good place to take a walk , for picnics , walk the dogs or just enjoy . Park is free and there is plenty of space .
Great place for a day picnic with the family. Carry a jacket with you, this place is always windy. Parking could be a problem, so be patient.
Relaxing and peaceful Great place to go read or just gaze out over the water Always smiling friendly faces Happy children and dogs Great place for picnicking Comfortable with the water breezes I'm elderly and handicapped and finally have a place by the water I can go Just so easily accessible and lovely
Wonderful, magical, and free The island is a fun place to swim, use the playground, fish, watch the planes land and take off or barbecue or grab some burgers and ice cream from Kelly's Restaurant. It is the home of Fort Independence.
What a great place to spend the day. I was there for Tall Ships 2017 and there was a large crowd. Still plenty of room. A beach to swim at, a walk around that is great for families. Many joggers were also about. Dont forget Sullivans to grab a bite to eat.