Castle Island is a 22-acre recreation center, located in South Boston on the edge of Boston Harbor, and the site of five faces first fort built in 1643. The current fortress was built between 1834 and 1851, is the eighth generation of strong. At first the name of Fort William and Mary by the English, was renamed Fort Independence in 1779 and is one of the oldest fortified sites in British North America.
The fortress and the island are in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and Fort Independence is a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Independence, a pentagonal five bastioned, granite fortress built between 1834 and 1851, is the dominant feature of Castle Island. This 22-acre urban park is connected to the mainland by two lanes for pedestrians and vehicles.
Pleasure Bay, M Street Beach and Carson Beach form three-mile segment of parkland and the beach along the coast south of Boston from Dorchester Bay. Carson Beach offers beautiful views and great public services: rehabilitation of the Mother "Rest, public restrooms, exhibit space, first aid and lifeguard functions, while the outdoor patios enough space for passive recreation. Carson Beach also has a gateway that allows one to walk, bike or jog along the water from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library.
The Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the fort is a National Historic Landmark. Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, hours vary. Fort tours are conducted by Castle Island Association in the summer months and no interpretive signage for self-guided. The main agenda item, History of Castle Island, highlights the role of strength in defending the port.
Castle Island is open to visitors throughout the year. Weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend Fort Independence is open to guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 3:30 pm. During June, July and August, the fort is open on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm until dark to allow visitors to walk from the walls.
All programming and performances are accomplished by the Castle Island Association with the assistance of the RCU. Sullivan, one takeaway is open from March 1 through last Sunday in November as are the on-site public restrooms.
There are views to Logan Airport and Port Island, and visitors can watch the boating activity from the port. The area is perfect for running, walking, picnicking and hiking, and there is a fishing pier and swimming area.
There are a number of visitors who walk the roads with their dogs, even though they always find release. While there is no leash law, the ordinance is strictly observed. Public parking is free and available to the public. The area is very popular in the summer and the area is busy during this time period. There is something to do for anyone wanting to enjoy the summer weather outdoors in Boston.