Castle Island & Fort Independence

sights / Parks & gardens

Castle Island & Fort Independence information

Boston , USA
Address
Street Marine Park
Getting there
bostont Broadway
bus 11
Opening hours
dawn-dusk May-Sep
Something wrong?
Submit a correction

Lonely Planet review

The 19th-century Fort Independence sits on 22 acres of parkland called Castle Island (a misnomer, as it’s connected to the mainland). A paved pathway follows the perimeter of the peninsula – good for strolling or cycling – and there is a small swimming beach.

Since 1634, eight different fortresses have occupied this strategic spot at the entrance to the Inner Harbor. Fort Independence – the five-point granite fort that stands here today – was built between 1834 and 1851. From the Seaport District, walk south on Summer St for about a half-mile, then turn left on E 1st St and continue to the waterfront. Alternatively, take bus 11 from Broadway station.