Castle Island Boston Massachusetts is beautiful on a summer day.
Castle Island Boston MA is located in South Boston. It has a beautiful view of the ocean and the best part is: it’s free!
If you’re looking for something to do when it’s nice out and you’re in Boston Massachusetts, this is the place to go to.
They are open from sunrise to sunset and you can walk around it and see all the sides of Boston. You can even see Deer Island (picture below), which is in the town where I live: Winthrop.
My friend, Jill picked me up on a warm and sunny Friday.
I was going to take the T since I live right near Orient Heights, which is on the blue line. But Jill was nice enough to pick me up and drop me off. Sometimes being car-less is tough. Usually, it is great.
If you do take public transportation, Google Maps makes it nice and easy for you. I think the closest line to Castle Island is the red line and then you can take a bus from there.
It took about a half-hour to drive there from my house.
We had to eat right when we got to Castle Island. We arrived around lunchtime.
On Castle Island, sits the famous Sullivan’s Castle Island. It’s kind of a fast-food seafood restaurant. They also have burgers, chicken, and hotdogs though too. We spent about $35 altogether. I got the lobster roll, which was $16 and we split some cheese fries. Jill got a chicken caesar wrap with no chicken… But the thing is is that she wanted chicken 😂 In all fairness, they were busy so hey, we all make mistakes.
I wish I could say that the food was amazing. But being from Boston, I’ve had way better seafood. Legal Seafoods will always be at the top of my list for seafood.
After eating, we strolled around the island for a bit. We ended up walking in circles, exploring and taking in the views.
Castle Island is about 2 miles. It’s a peninsula right on the Boston Harbor. So, technically it is not an island. But it used to be up until 1928. There’s also a small beach that you can swim at called Pleasure Bay.
We walked about 4 miles altogether. It wasn’t too hot, which was nice. There was a slight breeze as well. Walking around Castle Island, we could see the Harbor as well as the planes taking off from Logan Airport.
You would think I’d be used to hearing/seeing planes by now because I live 15 minutes from the airport and you can see the planes take off and land at a few of the yacht clubs in my town. But, it is still sometimes cool.
On Castle Island lies a great deal of history. First, there is Fort Independence ⬆️ and a memorial ⬇️ for the people of South Boston who were either killed or missing from the Korean War. There’s also a monument for East Boston’s famous shipbuilder: Donald McKay, who built a few clipper ships.
I hadn’t been to Castle Island in years so it was a fun couple of hours and I got my 10,000 steps in for the day, how exciting.
This mini Castle Island trip is part of my Boston Google Sheets. I created a list of historical activities to do and places to go.
While making the spreadsheet, it amazed me because I live right next to Boston and haven’t appreciated how much history is in this beautiful city.
I cannot wait to explore more of this historic city.