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"Castle Island, also known as..." Harbor Islands Tip by adambeau

Harbor Islands, Boston: 9 reviews and 9 photos


Castle Island, also known as Fort Independence, is one of those treasures often missed by most tourists visiting Boston. It's tranquil surroundings have been host to and served as the turnaround point for the Tall Ships sailing into Boston Harbor, and is an architectural wonder from a Revolutionary age not often seen by the average tourist. Surrounding it is a picturesque 5-6 mile causeway/walk the locals refer to as 'the loop'. (the enclosed tide pool waterway is called Pleasure Bay). I often venture off by foot around the imposing fortified walls at dusk, though have never been inside for the guided tour. Ideal for casual bicycling, rollerblading or an evening stroll. The site is located on William J. Day Boulevard and is maintained by the Metropolitan District Commission. Their website is
Also in the area: Carson Beach, Harry McDonough Sailing Program-617-268-8556, Ice-skating rinks open November-Mid March-617-727-4708 for ice rentals. Other Info: Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau 888-SEE-BOSTON

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  • Written Sep 8, 2002
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