Castle Island and Pleasure Bay
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING: (3)


Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:William J. Day Boulevard, South Boston, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free
Contact:

mass.gov/dcr; 617-727-5290

Bathrooms: By the entrance to the park; at the fort
Water/Snacks: Water fountains near the bathrooms; concessions by the parking lot
Map:

There's no castle and it's not an island, but Castle Island is a Boston treasure, with stunning views, beaches, playgrounds, and historic Fort Independence.

Castle Island
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Castle Island is a 22-acre urban park connected to the mainland by causeways. It is home to Fort Independence, a pentagon-shaped granite fort built between 1834 and 1851. The fort is actually the eighth one to be built here. The first fort on Castle Island was built in 1634.

The park is popular with families, who bring kids here to learn how to ride bikes, skateboard, roller-skate, climb on the play structures, splash in the water, and picnic. Since Castle Island is across the water from Logan International Airport, it’s a fantastic place to watch planes taking off and landing, and no matter what age your children are, they will be impressed by how close to the ground the planes seem to be.

The two paved walking paths—Pleasure Bay Loop, which is 1.84 miles long, and Castle Island Loop, which is less than 1 mile long and goes around the fort—offer views that can’t be beat.

Pleasure Bay, the M Street Beach, and Carson Beach, also part of the park system, stretch along 3 miles of parkland and beach on the South Boston shoreline of Dorchester Bay. From Carson Beach, a walkway leads from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library.

Remember: The Castle Island Association conducts guided tours of the fort from Memorial Day through Columbus Day; call ahead for hours, which vary. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

Plan B:

If you want to visit a real island (by boat), the nearby Boston Harbor Islands (Georges Island and Spectacle Island) make great day trips.

Where to Eat Nearby:

The popular snack bar serves hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, ice cream, and other foods.



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We just took our 3 year old and twinfants to Castle Island this past weekend and had great time! We met up with some friends that have a 5 and a 2 year old and had a picnic at some shady tables by the playground.

It's an excellent spot for young kids. There was much digging in the sand on the beach, playing on the playground, and rolling down the grassy hill by the fort. And our friends even thought to bring a kite, which was a big hit with my son! The scale of Castle Island and activities are pretty ideal for the younger set.

We arrived at 10am, and there was ample parking in the nearby lot, but the situation was certainly tight by the time we left at 1. I'd recommend getting there in the morning or just prepare for a longer stroll from parking that's further out.

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